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Synergising Public Health Concepts with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Conceptual Glossary


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Phibbs, S, Kenny, C, Severinsen, C, Mitchell, J and Hughes, R 2017 , 'Synergising Public Health Concepts with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: A Conceptual Glossary' , International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 13, no. 12 , pp. 1-21 , doi: 10.3390/ijerph13121241.

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The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015) is a global strategy for addressingdisaster risk and resilience that has been ratified by member countries of the United Nations.Its guiding principles emphasise building resilience through inter-sectoral collaboration, as wellas partnerships that facilitate community empowerment and address underlying risk factors.Both public health and the emergency management sector face similar challenges related todeveloping and implementing strategies that involve structural change, facilitating communityresilience and addressing individual risk factors. Familiarity with public health principles enables anunderstanding of the holistic approach to risk reduction that is outlined within the Sendai Framework.We present seven concepts that resonate with contemporary public health practice, namely: the socialdeterminants of health; inequality and inequity; the inverse care law; community-based andcommunity development approaches; hard to reach communities and services; the preventionparadox; and the inverse prevention law. These ideas from public health provide a useful conceptualbase for the ”new” agenda in disaster risk management that underpins the 2015 Sendai Framework.The relevance of these ideas to disaster risk management and research is illustrated through drawingon the Sendai Framework, disaster literature and exemplars from the 2010–2011 earthquakes inCanterbury, New Zealand.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Phibbs, S and Kenny, C and Severinsen, C and Mitchell, J and Hughes, R
Keywords: public health; disaster; Sendai Framework; inequity; community development; inverse care law; prevention paradox
Journal or Publication Title: International journal of environmental research and public health
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 1660-4601
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/ijerph13121241
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© 2016 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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