The National Workshop on Risk Communication was organized from 26th -30th December 2017 at Namsay Chhoeling Resort, Paro.
The workshop was jointly organized by Emergency Medical Services Division under Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health and the WHO country Office of Bhutan under the funding support of DIPECHO Project. This is the first of its kind in the country in the effort to improving national emergency preparedness and response.The objectives of the workshop were:
- to introduce and refresh knowledge for key personal (media focals) on Risk Communication
- to outline the process for developing a risk communication guideline as an essential component of national emergency preparedness and response
- to develop Risk communication strategy guideline
The workshop was facilitated by the officials from Ministry of Health (EMSD, PPD & EMSD), Ministry of Information and Communications (DOIM), Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH) and Royal Office for Media (ROM). For the first three days, the workshop focused on training the District Health Officers, Medical Superintendents, Chief Medical Officers and Administrative Officers on Risk Communication, who also function as the media focals at their respective districts and Hospitals. The District Health Officers are being designated as the Media Focals for the health sector in the district by Health (sector) Emergency and Disaster Contingency Plan 2016.
For the last 2 days, the working group member including from Health Ministry, JDWNRH, ROM and Department of Disaster Management (DDM) worked on developing the risk communication guideline. The development of the risk communication guideline will be the multi-hazard approach.
36 officials including resource persons and participants from MoH, MoIC, WHO Country Office, JDWNRH, ROM, DDM, Regional referral hospitals, district health offices, district hospitals attended this workshop.