MyOHUN Develops a Module to Train Workers on the Front Lines of Disaster Response
With today’s emerging infectious disease issues, training is necessary to ensure competent frontline health workers are deployed to a disaster area. From 16 to 19 January 2018, a One Health Disaster Front Liner Module Development Workshop was held in Melaka, Malaysia. A total of 25 academics and field experience officers from the Ministry of Health, National Disaster Management Association (NADIM), National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Hospital Serdang and Hospital Sultan Ismail Johor Bahru attended the activity. This 4-day training aimed to develop the basic One Health Disaster Front Liner Module covering the four phases of emergency management.
Currently, there is no on-the-job training to produce competent frontline health workers before deploying them to a disaster area, thus the competencies proposed for the module cover four areas of emergency management, which are the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery stage before, during, and after deployment of the frontline health workers. The activity consolidated all necessary existing modules from three main public universities, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and the Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.