Join the Network

The sign-up form for the Health and Disaster Risk Reduction Network List allows you to

  • Send and receive emails from a growing network of health and disaster risk reduction practitioners.  
  • Choose between regular and digest-form

If you get a PreventionWeb List-server password, you can also log in to the Network List page and access the archives of all the messages sent through the List so far.  

Health and Disaster Risk Reduction Network

Disasters are always a health issue, and ensuring the safety of health facilities is a key concern for disaster risk reduction.  Are you a health professional or a disaster risk reduction practitioner wanting to create space for information sharing and action on health facilities and disasters?  You can contribute to setting up and energizing the Health and Disaster Risk Reduction network, with the goal of making this issue a higher priority for governments, policy-makers, practitioners and communities.

A Health and Disaster Risk Reduction listserver has already been created. Join the list to connect and communicate with others working in health and disaster risk reduction, with a focus on safe hospitals.  You can use this online tool to help build a network around health as a thematic platform within the disaster risk reduction community, and to highlight disaster risk reduction issues within the health sector.

Join the Health and Disaster Risk Reduction List

Tip: to access the list-serve archives as well as just send and receive messages, get a list-serve password.

The Health and DRR list is hosted by PreventionWeb, the website of the disaster risk reduction community. 

You can contribute! Become involved in the World Campaign

Disaster-resilient hospitals and health facilities are everyone’s right. They are also everyone’s responsibility. Here are some ways in which you can play a role in making hospitals safe from disasters.

More about the partners


The World Health Organization (WHO) works closely with Member States, international partners, and local institutions to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies, disasters and crises. WHO, in particular its Health Action in Crises (HAC) cluster, is committed to:

  • Saving lives and reducing suffering in times of crises
  • Building efficient partnerships for emergency management and ensuring these are properly coordinated
  • Advocating for political support and consistent resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Developing evidence based guidance for all phases of emergency work in the health sector
  • Strengthening capacity and resilience of health systems and countries to mitigate and manage disasters
  • Ensuring international capacity is available to support countries for emergency response through training and establishment of surge capacity


    The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO-AMRO) and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system.  PAHO has been working on the Safe Hospitals issue for decades and has been recognized as a world leader on this issue.


    The secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) is the UN interagency secretariat with the mandate to coordinate, promote and strengthen disaster risk reduction on a global, regional, national and local level.  UNISDR is working towards a world without needless losses from disaster – following a guiding mission to catalyze, facilitate, and advocate for action that will protect lives and livelihoods from the impact of natural hazards.  Every two years, UNISDR  leads a World Campaign for Disaster Reduction in partnership with another key agency.  From 2008-2009 it has partnered with WHO on the campaign to make Hospitals Safe from Disasters.


    The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank was established in 2006 by the World Bank’s Board of Directors, as a longer term partnership under the ISDR system to reduce disaster losses by mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in development, particularly upstream country strategies and processes, towards fulfillment of principal goals of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA).  GFDRR helps developing countries fund development projects and programs that enhance local capacities for disaster prevention and emergency preparedness. GFDRR grants support disaster risk assessments, developing risk mitigation policies and strategies, preparation of disaster prevention projects and additional financing for recovery provided recipient governments demonstrate commitment to disaster prevention.