Natural hazards and disaster preparedness

BMC Public Health invites submissions for our Natural Hazards and Disaster Preparedness Collection.

Natural hazards, including floods, earthquakes and wildfires, claim the lives of many people every year and are on the rise. According to a comprehensive report by the World Meteorological Organization in 2021, a disaster related to weather, climate or water hazard has occurred every day on average for the past 50 years, killing 115 people and causing $202 million in losses. per day. Although not a new public health risk, their magnitude and need have increased due to the increase in the size of the populations affected and global climate change which has affected temperature patterns. and precipitation.

Natural hazards and resulting disasters have a direct impact on human health and can lead to short- or long-term physical and emotional trauma as well as disease. In addition, disasters can exacerbate existing morbidity and mortality associated with chronic and infectious diseases by affecting health care systems. These events also challenge the Sustainable Development Goals because, in addition to their effects on human health, they can cause social and environmental losses, affect food safety and security, and sometimes even threaten geopolitical stability.

As the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes and reaffirms the urgent need to reduce disaster risk, BMC Public Health is calling for submissions on public health preparedness, mitigation and response to these natural events. Effective response often requires significant social retraining of the public, as well as regional response agencies. We call for research that addresses the importance of preparing for and responding to natural events, including, but not limited to:

• Health risk assessment and risk reduction

• Public Policy and Emergency Response

• Humanitarian challenges in response to the consequences of natural hazards

• Preparation of the health system

• Information, communication and public engagement

• Build and maintain resilient communities

• Improve health care and emergency management systems