Journal article

Disaster Rehabilitation Response Plan Now or Never

Bhasker Amatya, Su Yi Lee, Mary P Galea, Fary Khan

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2020


There is a strong consensus amongst humanitarian response authorities for a need for global action by professional organizations to work towards developing a structured approach to provide a coordinated international response during sudden-onset disasters (SODs). The aim of this report is to develop a Disaster Rehabilitation Response Plan (DRRP) to enable International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) to provide leadership and governance role in liaison/coordination with the WHO Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Initiative and other relevant stakeholders to provide rehabilitation input during SODs. The proposed plan uses a 'three-tier approach': Tier-1- Immediate disaster r..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the Disaster Rehabilitation Committee (DRC) of the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) and the Disaster Rehabilitation Special Interest Group of the Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand (RMSANZ) for their support. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the authors and not of the previously mentioned committees or any organization with which the authors are associated.