Both within Europe and, in close co-operation with non-European
colleagues in countries beyond, many European workers are involved in immediate
relief and in longer term prevention of the health consequences of disasters.
Yet education and training for such workers is inadequate although it would
greatly improve the results of their efforts. The Council of Europe and the
World Health Organisation therefore combined in calling a European workshop to
address the educational aspects of health in disasters. The aim was to:
i. analyse the problems, and
a medium-term educational action programme
with a view to encouraging a more efficient employment of the
European educational and research resources to increase preparedness and the
capacity at all levels in dealing with health problems related to disasters.
The particular North/South aspects of the problem give this
endeavour a special character, not least in view of safeguarding the health of
those in third world countries, which are particularly prone to disasters.
The World Health Organisation having addressed the broader
problems of the capacity to meet the health consequences of natural disasters,
the present workshop has specially focused on the educational needs at
post-graduate level. The method proposed for educational action is the modular
training approach promoted by the Council of Europe through its European
programme for the development of postgraduate training.
In bringing the conclusions and proposals of this workshop to
the attention of institutions of tertiary education and research, politicians
and relevant regional, national and international bodies, the organisers invite
their opinions and assistance to strengthen education and training through
disasters and emergencies.
Council of Europe
World Health Organisation
Division for Higher
Emergency Relief Operations and
Education and Research
Regional Office for Europe