Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) course conducted by NDRRMA

Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) course has been conducted by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA), Ministry of Home Affairs, Nepal during December 24-28, 2021 at Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal. The course was organized with the funding support from United Nations Development Program (UNDP). National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET) facilitated the course. Course Coordinator Dr. Dipta Lama confirmed that all 23 participants successfully completed the course. There were 12 male participants and 11 female participants.

Addressing the Closing program, Mr. Anil Pokhrel, Chief Executive of NDRRMA shared about the disasters that Nepal faces and promised to acquire more to deal with disasters from these disaster-based trainings like HOPE.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Anita Niraula, Joint Secretary from NDRRMA, who herself is a graduate of online HOPE course that happened during the pandemic, spoke upright about the course and said that if such types of trainings are provided to various peoples and organizations it will assist to deal better with disasters.

Prof. Dr. Vaidya from IOM made sure that every graduate from the training acknowledged something very vital from the training to deal with disaster. He also highlighted why HOPE course is a very must, post disasters on dealing with human casualties in case of a larger disaster. He also emphasized that the government should start recognizing such trainings and exploit the learnings of these courses to act against the disaster during or post the disaster.

Mr. Kedar Dhungana from UNDP was impressed to hear impressions of participants and expressed that UNDP would join in such joint efforts in future times too. Dr. Ganesh Kumar Jimee from NSET thanked for providing this opportunity for NSET to expand spectrum of HOPE graduates.

Participants stated that this HOPE course had been a very wonderful platform to acquire skills about disaster management and would execute whatever they had learnt in the 5 days training in their organization to deal with disaster. They also talked that they learnt more within these 5 days enough to make a change in the society regarding disaster management.

The participants consisted of diverse groups, participants working at different governmental sectors from different provinces were present at the training. Doctors and nurses from working at diverse hospitals from the valley were also a part of the training. A total of 6 instructors involving a monitor and a course coordinator delivered 26 lessons of HOPE enhancing and sharing information to participants about hospital-based preparedness. HOPE course deliberates about the principles of disaster management and to work together to make practical steps towards different organizations to respond to disaster and mass casualty incidents. The knowledge gained from HOPE course can be applied in disaster management of any organization and will be an important factor for people to work on different protocols to be made regarding disaster management.

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