|8th Coordination Meeting of World Health Organization Collaborating Centres in Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network, REMPAN (WHO - OMS, 2002, 145 p.)|
Repacholi, M., Coordinator, Occupational and Environmental
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
WHO is a signatory to two legally binding International Conventions that cover Early Warning and Assistance in case of nuclear accidents and radiological emergencies. In respect of the Assistance Convention WHO has made a deposition in respect of its commitments within the framework of these two Conventions, WHO established a network of collaborating centres for radiation emergency medical preparedness and assistance (REMPAN).
The primary objectives of REMPAN are:
· To enhance medical preparedness for radiation accidents among WHO Member States;
· To provide medical advice and assistance in case of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency;
· To assist in follow-up studies;
These objectives are fulfilled by:
· Strengthening radiation emergency medical preparedness;
· Providing medical advice and assistance to treat and monitor severely exposed individuals
· Improving public health advice to reduce the long-term effects of exposure to low and protracted doses to populations living in territories affected by radioactive contamination
· Analysing radiation emergencies and developing recommendations for the treatment of casualties;
· Analysing the long-term follow-up studies of radiation medical consequences.
The 8th meeting of REMPAN is an extremely important one because there is a need to redefine the objectives and to develop mechanisms to make the responses of REMPAN more effective. REMPAN also must fit into an overall global strategy that WHO is developing to operate as "One WHO" and to provide a programme on prevention of radiation health effects that falls within WHO'S overall objectives.