‘The 8th Asia Pacific Emergency Disaster Nursing Network (APEDNN) meeting’ successfully held in Wuhan University November 26, 3015
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The Asia Pacific Emergency Disaster Nursing Network (APEDNN) was formed in 2007 in recognition of the necessity of a coordinated, sustained and maximum response to the growing numbers of emergencies and disasters in the Asia Pacific region. The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Offices for South-East Asia and the Western Pacific worked with nursing leaders and partners on its formation, with an aim to establish a network through which emergency and disaster preparedness could be enhanced. Members of the network include policy-makers, practitioners, researchers, educators, WHO representatives and invited stakeholders committed to building disaster preparedness, response and recovery capacities.

Since its formation, the network has convened annual meetings for its members. The network's meetings have been held in Jinan, Shandong, China in 2008; in Cairns, Australia in 2009; in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010, in Seoul and Daejeon, the Republic of Korea in 2011. The 2012 APEDNN meeting was convened in conjunction with an international conference on disaster nursing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 2013 APEDNN meeting and an international conference on disaster nursing were convened in Bangkok, Thailand.

 The 2014 APEDNN meeting and an international conference on disaster nursing were convened in Wuhan, China from 25 to 27 November 2014 with the theme of “Building workforce for post-disaster response”. The meeting was organized by APEDNN, host by Wuhan University, co-organized by World Health Organization SEARO and WPRO, University of Philippines Manila as co-organizers.

The 2014 APEDNN meeting specific objectives of the meeting include promote best practices and standards for effective and quality health services in post-disaster situations, define the role of the Network in enhancing the competencies of the workforce for post-disaster response, define national and regional operational mechanisms of the Network to contribute in enhancing workforce competencies of national and international surge teams in emergency response.

Seventy three participants from 29 countries—18 countries from the Western Pacific and South-East Asia 1 country from the Region of the Americas—attended the 2014 APEDNN meeting. There are also fifty four observers from mainland China attend the meeting. The participant list is attached in Annex 1.

Objectives

(1) Promote best practices and standards for effective and quality health services in post-disaster situations.

(2) Define the role of the Network in enhancing the competencies of the workforce for post-disaster response.

(3) Define national and regional operational mechanisms of the Network to contribute in enhancing workforce competencies of national and international surge teams in emergency response.

In the morning of November 25, the opening ceremony was host by Dr. Marcia Petrini, Professor Feng Youmei, the EVP of Wuhan University, Dr. Zhou Jun, Deputy General Director of Bureau of Medical Administration, Ministry of Health, Dr. Josefina Twaion, the Secretariat of APEDNN, Dr. Prakin Suchaxaya, the Officer of World Health Organization gave speeches in turns. Dr. Li Xiuhua, chairman of Chinese Nursing Association, and Dr. Judith Shamian, the presidet of ICN gave keynote speech.

Over 100 participants attend this meeting, all groups discuses about the capacity building of disaster and management. The best practice guideline on disaster and emergency practice. In this meeting, the Wuhan university and there meeting attendees separately into small groups, to discuss about the best practice. This meeting pushed the further collaboration and research rehabilitation inner university another international organization. 


 

Picture 1: Welcome speech by EVP Youmei FENG



Picture 2: Welcome speech by Dr. Zhou Jun, Deputy General Director, Bureau of Medical Administration, Ministry of Health.



Picture 3: Over 100 disaster and emergency nursing clinical experts and nursing educators in Asia Pacific area attend this meeting

Picture 4: Group photo

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