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First practical work within the framework of the “Hospital Safety and Readiness for Response to Emergency Situations” project

June 25-27, 2020: We carried out the first practical work within the framework of the “Hospital Safety and Readiness for Response to Emergency Situations” project at “Vagharshapat Hospital” SCJSC.

The goals of the project were:
1. To study the hospital with the World Health Organization (WHO) “Hospital Safety Index” methodology, to identify threats to hospital safety, structural and non-structural safety levels of hospital buildings (foundations, columns, beams, load-bearing walls, power supply, water supply, sewerage, ventilation, etc.), examine the management system of the hospital, especially in the context of emergencies. 6
The study was carried out by the expert’s group of the RA Ministry of Health. The information gathered is currently being analyzed.
As a result, the experts will provide the ARNAP Foundation with a study report, which includes recommendations for raising the level of hospital safety.

2. To develop a DRM plan for the hospital, which is handled by the experts of the RA Ministry of Emergency Situations and ARNAP Foundation. 5
This is a new approach and format, that is being introduced in hospitals. In fact, the hospital has a plan to respond to emergencies but doesn’t have the tools to identify the hazards and risks involved, as well as plan to implement disaster risk reduction activities. The plan, developed by the RA Ministry of Emergency Situations, will provide the hospital with a number of tools that will allow it to identify and plan disaster risk reduction activities, as well as procedures to ensure a response in possible emergencies.
As a result of three-day- visits, and work, the DRM plan is 80% ready.

In the coming days, we will have the conclusion of the study of “Vagharshapat Hospital” SCJSC by the “Hospital Safety Index” methodology and the final version of the DRM plan.

Additional information:
At this hospital, as well as planned to assess the level of seismic vulnerability of buildings, conduct training on “DRR Basics and DRM plan development”, tabletop exercises in the “Earthquake” and “Epidemic” scenarios.

The project is funded by the UN Development Programme.