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Regional Training on Risk Communication for Public Health Emergencies

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25-27 September 2017 Riko KIMOTO Sustainable Development & Public Health ASEF Public Health Network Public Health



Venue:
Hanoi, Viet Nam

ASEF Public Health Network (PHN) will launch its first training initiative on Risk Communications for Public Health Emergencies. Co-organised with the General Department of Preventive Medecine, Ministry of Health Viet Nam (GDPM - MoH), this training is designed for senior government representatives anticipated to serve as Public Information Officer within their countries' Public Health Emergency Operations Centers (PHEOCs).

The training aims to cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the key principles of crisis and emergency risk communication (CERC)
  • Engaging partners and stakeholders for effective communication during a public health emergency.          
  • Developing an emergency risk communication plan.
  • Identifying appropriate communication channels based on target audience needs.
  • Understanding the role and working with media and social media.
  • Discussing the role of the Joint Information Center (JIC) in coordinating communication during a public health emergency.
  • Explaining how JIC teams function within the IMS (Incident Management System) Organizational tructure.
  • Identifying JIC target audiences and communication channels based on target audience needs.

 

Risk Communications is one of the eight core functions of the International Health Regulations (IHR), which all World Health Organization (WHO) Member States are required to comply with. Increased understanding and promotion of Risk Communications for Public Health Emergencies will contribute to strengthening ASEM Partners' capacities towards the fulfilment of IHR's core capacity requirements.

Partners

  • Ministry of Health, Viet Nam

Sponsors

  • Government of Japan

Project Updates

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Public Health Network and the General Department of Preventive Medicine of the Ministry of Health Viet Nam (GDPM-MoH) jointly co-organised a 3-day Regional Training on Risk Communications for Public Health Emergencies, on 25-27 September 2017 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. Over 40 officials working in the area of risk communication across ASEAN+3 countries' Ministries of Health gathered to share experience, learn, and network to combat potential pandemics in the future.

    The training covered the basics of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications, including the psychology of a crisis, stakeholder and partner communications, and the use of social media. Participants were actively engaged during sessions aiming to increase understanding for the Risk Communication components of Joint External Evaluation, as well as national planning. The training also introduced the concept of Joint Information Centre and its variation, and participants visited Emergency Operation Centre of the Ministry of Health Viet Nam at the end of the training.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)'s Public Health Network and Ministry of Health of Viet Nam have jointly co-organised a three-day training on Risk Communications for Public Health Emergencies, taking place on 25-27 September 2017 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. The training is intended for Communications Officers, who are anticipated to serve as Public Information Officers within their countries' Public Health Emergency Operations Centres during the activation of a public health emergency. The training's objective is to strengthen the participants' ability to develop an emergency risk communications plan, identify and manage appropriate communication channels, and engage partners and stakeholders for effective communication during a public health emergency.

    Risk Communications is one of the core capacities highlighted by the International Health Regulations (IHR) which all World Health Organisation (WHO) member states must comply with. Gathering public servants from ASEAN +3 countries working in this important area, the training will provide opportunities to learn the best practices in emergency risk communications, and network with their peers across the region. Increased understanding and promotion of Risk Communications for Public Health Emergencies will contribute to strengthen ASEM Partners' capacities towards the fulfilment of IHR's core capacity requirements.

    The training included lectures by risk communications experts on key aspects, such as stakeholder and partner communication or social media strategies. Participants also benefit from group discussions and practical exercises, including developing crisis communication plans.