Disaster Health Management & Risk Reduction (DHMR)
Disaster Health Management & Risk Reduction (DHMR) training course is part of the educational initiatives of Tehran university of Medical Sciences to address need of Iran’s health system to a standard and well-designed short training course to enhance the human resource capacity in the field of disaster health management.
DHMR curriculum is developed by a joint collaboration between School of Public Health of Tehran University of Medical Sciences and National Institute of Health Research through a grant awarded from International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) and technical consultancy of World Health Organization (WHO) that took place on 15-30 October 2008.
DHMR Steering Committee
To secure the DHMR sustainability, a Steering Committee was formed from the very begining, including director of Emergency Management Center of MOH&ME, dean of School of Public Health of Tehran University Medical Sciences, head of Emergency Humanitarian Action unit of WHO/Iran and DHMR course director.
Dr. Ali Ardalan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Course Content Outline
DHMR covers six training modules as below:
- MODULE I Risk Management & Preparedness (Day 1-2)
- MODULE II Mass Casualty Management (Day 3-5)
- MODULE III Public Health in Emergencies (Day 6-8)
- MODULE IV Complex Emergencies & Internal Displaced People (Day 9)
- MODULE V Recovery in disasters (Day 10)
- MODULE VI Challenges in Emergency Preparedness for I.R. Iran (Day 11)
To maximize the course effectiveness, in addition to PowerPoint presentation, different pedagogical approach focusing on interactive adult training methodologies were designed and applied, including:
- Group discussions
- Small group activities
- Scenario-based class exercises
- Field exercise for population counting in emergencies
- Model building for presenting the health system functions in emergencies
- Short presentations (3 minutes presentation/Mission impossible)
DHMR I – Pilot Course
DHMR I (Pilot Course) was held since 20 May to 1 of June 2009. Attendances of the workshop were 21 technical officers of Disaster & Emergency Management Centers at the national and provincial levels. External evaluation of the pilot course was performed by WHO/Iran that found it as a successful training program.