The 2nd Workshop on Risk Communication was conducted from 27th -28th July 2019 at Hotel Holiday Home, Paro. The workshop was jointly organized by Emergency Medical Services Division (EMSD) under Department of Medical Services (DMS), Ministry of Health (MoH) and the WHO country Office, Bhutan.
On the first day, the “Risk Communication Guideline for the Health Sector” was also launched by the Hon’ble Director General of Department of Medical Services, Dr. Pandup Tshering and Dr. Supriya Bezbaruah, Technical Officer – Lead for Risk Communication & Community Engagement, WHO SEARO, New Delhi. Dr. Supriya was joined by Ms. Melinda Frost, Technical Officer – Lead for Risk Communication and Community Engagement, WHO Headquarter, Geneva to facilitate the workshop.
The objectives of the workshop were to:
- Apply Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) principles in response to public health emergencies
- Identify affected populations, their preferred information channels, community structures and apply RCCE principles to best meet information needs; and
- Practise media skills needed during public health emergencies.
The participants for the workshop include 3 Medical Superintendents, 20 District Health Officers and 3 Chief Medical Officers (hospitals directly under DMS, MoH). They are designated as the Media Spokesperson(s) for the health sector in times of emergency by Health (sector) Emergency and Disaster Contingency Plan 2016. The relevant officials from various division of MoH and Department of Disaster Management were also the part of the workshop.