Enhancing Emergency Preparedness in Beirut

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Beirut hosted the workshop on Emergency Preparedness jointly organised by MediPIET and The Ministry of Health of Lebanon from September 25th to 27th, aimed to enhance disaster preparedness plans for an effective response. The workshop gathered participants from 14 countries of the MediPIET region, who had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and share experiences during this 3-days training, as well as work together, with other sectors at central, regional and international level.

The inaugural session was formally opened by Mr José Jaime de Domingo, Team Leader of MediPIET, Dr Ghada Abou Mrad, from the Ministry of Health, and Dr Vinciane Sizaire, coordinator of the course, who welcomed all participants to Lebanon.

The training of trainers was designed to provide a balance the theoretical and the practical part with the main goal of improving the capacity building of the institutions that are part of the MediPIET network, considering the improvement of the citizens’ welfare and the increasing of the possibilities for an effective sustainable development.

Disaster risk prevention is increasingly mainstreamed across key EU policy areas, including health, environment, climate change adaptation, development, cohesion, agriculture, transport, energy, research and innovation and all sectors involved in emergency preparedness.

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the international agreement that guide the disaster preparedness plans for any action in any sector and in any country. The preparedness activities are focused not only on recovering from the effects of the event, but on building resilience by helping communities to mitigate the inevitable disasters they will face before, during and after they strike.

Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction is a principle that makes the difference between improving the situation after the disaster, allowing to face with more guarantees of success the reduction of risk, or, just help people after the disaster but keeping the same level of exposure to the risk of disaster and maintaining the same level of vulnerability.