DEH Academy is a leading scientific center in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It is a well known institution for operational research programs and professional training courses. It is basically affiliated to Iran’s National Institute of Health Research and TUMS School of Public Health, and is a close partner of Iran’s Minisrty of Health and Medical Education (MoHME), National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO), and Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS). The academy is also a Non-UN Member of the United Nations Disaster Management Team in I.R.Iran, and an active member of Global Network for Disaster Reducation (GNDR) for Civil Societies.
DEH Academy promotes a proactive approach of health system to disaster risk reduction at general population and health facilities. It facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration among different fields of science and practice. DEH Academy has a country-wide network of faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds that includes epidemiology, emergency medicine, environmental health, nutrition, reproductive health, mental health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, engineering, geophysical and hydrometeorological sciences, sociology and health services.
The focus of DEH Academy’s research programs are on disaster metrics and epidemiology, emergency management, community-based disaster risk management, injury epidemiology, integration of disaster risk management to primary health care and disaster risk assessment in hospitals and primary health care centers.
DEH Academy has created MPH and PhD training programs in disaster health studies in Iran – and one of the first such programs in the entire Middle East region. The academy has published over 80 articles in English and Persian peer reviewed journals.
The academy, in addition to scientific works, has served in many operational positions outside of academia, including contribution to response to several disasters and outbreak investigations. In 2008, collaborating with the UNISDR, DEH Academy initiated the campaign of “Hospitals safe from disasters”, and in 2009 working with UNDP, contributed to the UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Reduction. It also contributed in 2013 World Disaster Report (WDR), published by ICRC, on a section on applications of satellite imagery in humanitarian response. The academy is also an active contributor to the Disaster Supercourse through the WHO collaborative center at the University of Pittsburgh.
The followings are the highlights of collaboration of DEH Academy with national and international partners:
• Establishment of Disaster Risk Management Office at MoHME
• Integration of disaster risk management (DRM) to primary health care system of Iran
• Development and institutionalization of metrics system for DRM at MoHME
• Integration of hospital disaster safety assessment to health system of Iran, as a criteria for annual accreditation of Iranian hospitals
• Founding and hosting the national committee of community disaster resilience
• Establishment of national committee for disability and disasters
• Development of the national disaster rehabilitation plan in collaboration with NDMO
• Organizing the first training course on Health Emergency in Large Population in collaboration with International Committee of Red Cross and IRCS
• Organizing an annual training course on Health Disaster Risk Management in collaboration with MoHME and WHO/Iran
• Organizing a training course on Refugees Health Care in collaboration with UNHCR
DEH Academy continues to collaborate with partners around the world to promote effective training, programs and research on the effects of disasters on human health.