As a joint effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic that was declared as a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020, a first-ever joint capacity building initiative for local front line health workers was organized by the MoHP, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), National Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (NDRC), Nabil Bank and Chaudhary Foundation, in close consultation with the MoHP/ Health Emergency Operation Centre (MoHP/HEOC). The one-day orientation on Preparedness and Response to Pandemic has been completed across the six (6) provinces and next week at Karnali province that broadly aims to strengthen local health systems for preparedness and response to pandemics like COVID-19 and other health emergencies/ disasters. More than 280 front-line health workers from both public and private health facilities and humanitarian organizations actively participated in the one-day orientation program.
In this context, this national sharing workshop primarily offers an important platform to share the issues, challenges, experiences and learning from the provinces and identify possible joint partnership and resource mobilization opportunities for some concrete follow up actions to continue the momentum and seek valuable inputs in the knowledge products including a training manual for front-line health workers in the context of health emergency preparedness and response.
This is a unique public-private partnership initiative in the health emergency response and disaster risk management, which is much appreciated by federal, provincial and local government authorities for significant contributions from the private sector as part of their corporate social responsibility. This first-ever joint PPP has encouraged all stakeholders to continue the momentum and partnership to initiate similar activities that make Nepal a disaster-resilient nation. We are confident that this joint initiative will continue in the years to come to contribute collectively to make Nepal a disaster-resilient nation.