Through the UN Emergency Technical Team, the United Nations in Suriname will support enhancement of national capacity to implement programmes for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. This will include the development and implementation of a National Disaster Plan, which will coordinate and link UN Disaster Risk Management support mechanisms with those for the Government of Suriname based on international humanitarian conventions and standards.
Through its global strategy guide “Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies”, UNICEF is supporting the Government of Suriname to ensure that in times of emergencies and disasters, the rights and responsibilities enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child are maintained. Further details can be accessed at the following link: http://www.unicef.org/emerg/index.html
UNFPA will support the Government of Suriname in incorporating sexual reproductive health and gender issues into disaster preparedness and mitigation plans through specific training to National Coordination Center Suriname (NCCR) and health care providers.
WHO/PAHO supports the Ministry of Health in the area of emergency preparedness. A Hospital Safety Index survey was conducted and the WHO/PAHO is supporting / monitoring the implementation of the results of this survey.
In the globalized world, diseases can spread far and wide via international travel and trade. A health crisis in one country can impact livelihoods and economies in many parts of the world. Such crises can result from emerging infections like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or a new human influenza pandemic.
The International Health Regulations (IHR) are an international legal instrument that is binding on 194 countries across the globe, including all the Member States of WHO. Their aim is to help the international community prevent and respond to acute public health risks that have the potential to cross borders and threaten people worldwide.
The IHR can also apply to other public health emergencies such as chemical spills, leaks and dumping, or nuclear melt-downs. The IHR aim is to limit interference with international traffic and trade while ensuring public health through the prevention of disease spread.
WHO/PAHO will support the government of Suriname to implement the International Health Regulations which they are part of as a member of the UN.