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International Day for Disaster Reduction 2009

14 October 2009. Events worldwide.Key event in London.

Hospitals Safe from Disasters Global Event in London
Half of the main hospital in Padang, Indonesia, was destroyed in the 30 September 2009 earthquake.
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Half of the main hospital in Padang, Indonesia, was destroyed in the 30 September 2009 earthquake.

WHO is teaming up with UN, national and non-government partners to mark this year's International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 14 October 2009, which is being dedicated to the need to make "Hospitals Safe from Disasters." The day coincides with the culmination of the two-year World Disaster Reduction campaign based on the same theme and organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, WHO and the World Bank.

Events will be held worldwide to mark the IDDR, with a key global event taking place in London on 14 October (hosted by the UK Health Protection Agency) and related events occurring in countries such as China, Egypt, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, South Africa, Tajikistan and Thailand.

WHO will be launching a Thematic Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction for Health, which brings together national and international health partners in a forum to promote best practice in reducing the threat to health from hazards and making health systems better prepared to respond.

The IDDR builds on the ongoing World Health Day campaign of WHO dedicated to a similar theme, "Save lives. Make hospitals safe from emergencies.

Events around the world 14 October 2009
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