Manila Medical Forum – Report and Materials


Policy Forum: Medical Relief and Healthcare in Natural Disasters

March 18-19, 2014 | Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs

Preliminary Report and Event Materials

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As part of its ongoing Japan-U.S.-Philippines Civil-Military Disaster Preparedness Initiative, Peace Winds America held a two-day forum in Manila to discuss aspects of medical care in disaster situations.  The forum followed the January 2014 workshop on Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), and similarly focused heavily on the devastating storm that made landfall in the central Philippines last November.

The forum highlighted presentations of the actions taken and challenges faced providing medical care in Typhoon Haiyan.  Presenters included domestic resources from the Department of Health, Philippine Red Cross, Armed Forces Philippines, Office of Civil Defense, and Department of Foreign Affairs.  International and multilateral presentations followed, including the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the World Health Organization, UN Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, U.S. III Marine Expeditionary Force, and the NGOs International Medical Corps, and HuMA.  Day two comprised discussion sessions, panels, group activities, and next step planning.

The narrow focus of the forum on healthcare issues provided an in-depth discussion of the topic.  Forum participants obtained a cDepartment_of_Health_(Philippines)_(seal)omprehensive overview of the Philippine healthcare system and its capabilities in natural disasters.  The Department of Health, National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, and the Armed Forces Philippines (AFP) shared their interactions and coordination activities with others, and detailed how collaboration with domestic and international partners could be improved.

The forum yielded a rich discussion on the strengths of the Philippine domestic medical response system and numerous recommendations for preparing for future disasters, particularly coordination with partners from Japan, the United States, and the UN family.  Of note were:   The one-stop shop of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Philippine cluster system/quadri-cluster system, the AFP and the Multinational Forces Coordination Center, medical stockpiling/disbursement and mobile hospitals, and assessments/communications among AFP/OCD/DOH at the various levels (barangay, municipal, regional, national).

The forum highlighted presentations of the actions taken and challenges faced providing medical care in Typhoon Haiyan.  Presenters included domestic resources from the Department of Health, Philippine Red Cross, Armed Forces Philippines, Office of Civil Defense, and Department of Foreign Affairs.  International and multilateral presentations followed, including the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the World Health Organization, UN Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, U.S. III Marine Expeditionary Force, and the NGOs International Medical Corps, and HuMA.  Day two comprised discussion sessions, panels, group activities, and next step planning.

The next step in the Japan-US-Philippine Civil-Military Initiative, PWA will hold a disaster preparedness workshop in Manila in late summer 2014, building upon the progress made in this forum and the previous workshop.

 


 Forum Materials

Materials from the forum are provided by Peace Winds America to help disseminate the many lessons learned in the event.  Click the links below to download the files:

Forum presentations and table group discussions (.zip file, ~62 MB)

Forum agenda, findings summary, and participants list (.zip file, ~1 MB)

 

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