Death, disasters and CoVID19 – the hidden emergency for global health and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) sectors to confront


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Presenter:  Gerard Finnigan IKEA Foundation Humanitarian Leadership Scholar School of Medicine and School of Humanities and Social Sciences Deakin University

Date: Mar 26, 2020

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Contact person:  Northern Institute, CDU
T: 08 8946 6854
E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

Location:  ZOOM ONLY - https://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/the-northern-institute/zoom_link_for_ppp_seminars_northern_institute.pdf

Gerard Finnigan
IKEA Foundation Humanitarian Leadership Scholar
School of Medicine and School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Deakin University

Abstract
This seminar will present an analysis of critical challenges for the global health and DRR sectors to address to reduce the death toll and impact from natural hazard disasters, including CoVID19, in the face of unprecedented humanitarian demand. The discussion will centre on four central themes within the evidence based analysis. This includes the contrasting state between perceived verses underlying causative risk from natural hazard threats, such as CoVID19. Secondly, the impact of the misalignment of the ‘risk triangle’ between health, DRR and disaster management actors globally. Thirdly the discordant nature of the SFDRR global measurement framework with efforts to reduce deaths in FCV countries, and finally the critical flaw within the SFDRR measurement indicator on counting mortality and its implications for the world. The seminar will present innovative scenarios and realistic solutions for health and DRR sectors to develop and advance to overcome each specific issue and discuss the leadership required to deliver each solution. 

About Gerard Finnigan
As an epidemiologist Gerard has designed and implemented emergency, disaster and humanitarian health programmes in over 20 countries and led multi-disciplinary technical teams respond to complex humanitarian challenges in nations across Africa, south Asia and the Pacific. He is presently undertaking research on approaches to reduce global mortality from natural hazard disasters at the School of Medicine and School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University in Melbourne.

This seminar is facilitated by Associate Professor Akhilesh Surjan, Humanitarian Emergency & Disaster Management Studies, College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society, CDU.

When                          Thursday, 26 March 2020 @ 10.30am – 11.30am (Darwin Time)
Where                         ZOOM Link to Join Remotely
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