2. DISASTER PREPAREDNESS– India and South Asia has been experiencing increasing frequencies of disaster events with larger impact on lives and property. Disaster preparedness through training and capacity building can help raise the level of community preparedness to be able to respond to disasters effectively and efficiently. It is possible to achieve real-time response to disaster events and alleviate suffering.
Disaster preparedness must begin at the community level engaging local volunteers as the natural first responders.
Institutional preparedness is another important area that cannot be avoided at any cost. Healthcare and educational institutions including large public places like theater halls, markets and malls etc. need to be having adequate disaster preparedness plans.
Disaster preparedness needs to consider holistic and inclusive approach to ensure 'no one left behind'. Identifying most vulnerable groups including those with disabilities, pregnant and lactating women, children, aged, widow, sick and the economically marginalized communities by proactively engaging them in all levels of preparedness can help achieve the objective.
EHA also believes in constantly improving on the staff/internal capacity building for overall improvement of the program/projects.
It is essential that the strategic directions are aligned with the national and global agenda while keeping the organizational mission and vision in mind.
DEEM Training Program
Disaster Education and Emergency Medicine training programs were developed keeping in mind that both medical emergency as well as general response capacity need to be built simultaneously to achieve disaster resilience goal.
EHA continued its commitment to work toward preparing healthcare professionals both in basics as well as advanced medical emergency response program engaging doctors, nurses and paramedics building their capacity to respond to medical emergency needs 'on' or 'off' site. EHA offers American Heart Association's certified Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) program since 2007.
EHA contributes toward the Sendai Declarations with specific focus on the 4th Priority Action: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.
EHA constantly work toward improvement of its training materials to help its trainees to keep up with the newer developments, improved knowledge and advanced skills through contextualization and standardization programs on regular basis. EHA is open to partner with institutions and universities to see that some of the training programs are endorsed and well accredited at the national or regional level.
EHA envisages developing air ambulance training program to enhance its reach to fill the emerging gaps in this area. The need for such services were very visible during 2013 Uttarakhand floods, 2014 massive floods in Kashmir and even in Nepal during 2015 earthquake.
The First Responders (FRs) training program is focused on building the capacity of community providing those ranges of basic training such as – First Aid, Fire & Rescue Technique, Psychosocial Care, Basics to Disaster Response etc. The objective is to train and equip the FRs to manage the visible and perennial gap between the 'last affected villages to the first ambulatory point'.