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Public Health and Disasters

Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management in Asia

  • Emily Ying Yang Chan
  • Rajib Shaw

Part of the Disaster Risk Reduction book series (DRR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Emily Ying Yang Chan, Chi Shing Wong
    Pages 7-17
  3. Emily Ying Yang Chan, Gloria Kwong Wai Chan
    Pages 39-58
  4. Emily Ying Yang Chan, Heidi Hung, Virginia Murray, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 59-74
  5. Emily Ying Yang Chan, Heidi Hung, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 75-92
  6. Emily Ying Yang Chan, Janice Y. Ho, Chi Shing Wong, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 93-114
  7. Akiko Matsuyama, Fahmida Afroz Khan, Md. Khalequzzaman
    Pages 115-128
  8. Md. Anwarul Abedin, Bhaswati Ray, Mohammad Golam Kibria, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 129-143
  9. Emily Ying Yang Chan, Sida Liu
    Pages 145-154
  10. Supriya Krishnan, Ila Patnaik
    Pages 155-184
  11. Shoko Miyagawa, Miho Satoh, Satoshi Furuya, Yoko Yamada, Rajib Shaw
    Pages 201-219
  12. Sakiko Kanbara, Apsara Pandey, Maria Regina E. Estuar, Hyeon Ju Lee, Hiroyuki Miyazaki
    Pages 229-244
  13. Tran Nu Quy Linh, Tran Thi Tuyet Hanh
    Pages 265-280
  14. Maria Regina Justina E. Estuar, Kennedy E. Espina, Christian E. Pulmano, Charles Ventura, Roy Miguel G. Romarate
    Pages 281-298

About this book


This book presents the health emergency and disaster risk management (H-EDRM) research landscape, with examples from Asia. In recent years, the intersection of health and disaster risk reduction (DRR) has emerged as an important interdisciplinary field. In several landmark UN agreements adopted in 2015–2016, including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris climate agreement, and the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III), health is acknowledged as an inevitable outcome and a natural goal of disaster risk reduction, and the cross-over of the two fields is essential for the successful implementation of the Sendai Framework. 
H-EDRM has emerged as an umbrella field that encompasses emergency and disaster medicine, DRR, humanitarian response, community health resilience, and health system resilience. However, this fragmented, nascent field has yet to be developed into a coherent discipline. Key challenges include redundant research, lack of a strategic research agenda, limited development of multisectoral and interdisciplinary approaches, deficiencies in the science–policy–practice nexus, absence of standardized terminology, and insufficient coordination among stakeholders. This book provides a timely and invaluable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers, scholars, and frontline practitioners as well as policymakers from across the component domains of H-EDRM.


Health emergency and disaster risk management (H-EDRM) Emergency and disaster medicine Humanitarian response Community health resilience Health system resilience H-EDRM in Asia Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Paris climate agreement New Urban Agenda (Habitat III) Health issues in DRR

Editors and affiliations

  • Emily Ying Yang Chan
    • 1
  • Rajib Shaw
    • 2
  1. 1.JC School of Public Health and Primary CareThe Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong SARChina
  2. 2.Graduate School of Media and GovernanceKeio University, Shonan Fujisawa CampusFujisawaJapan

About the editors

Professor Emily Ying Yang Chan is a Professor, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and Associate Director, of the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK); Director of the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), Centre for Global Health (CGH) and Centre of Excellence (ICoE-CCOUC), Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR); Co-chair of the WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research Group; and a member of the Asia Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG). She is also a visiting professor at the University of Oxford Nuffield Department of Medicine; senior fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and visiting scholar, FXB Center, Harvard University. Her research interests include disaster and humanitarian medicine, climate change and health, global and planetary health, human health security and health emergency and disaster risk management (H-EDRM), remote rural health, implementation and translational science, ethnic minority health, injury and violence epidemiology, and primary care. Awarded the American Public Health Association’s 2007 Nobuo Maeda International Research Award, Professor Chan has published more than 200 international peer-reviewed academic, technical, and conference articles and eight academic books. She also has extensive experience as an international frontline emergency relief practitioner in the mid-1990s.

Rajib Shaw is a Professor at the Graduate School of Media and Governance at Keio University’s Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC). Before that, he was the Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), a decade-long research program co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). He is also a senior fellow of the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Japan, and the chair of SEEDS Asia, CWS Japan, two Japanese NGOs. He was  a Professor at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies. His expertise includes community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education. He is the Chair of the United Nations Global Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG); and is the co-chair of the Asia Science Technology Academic Advisory Group (ASTAAG). He serves as the Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of Asia chapter of IPCC 6th Assessment Report on Climate change impact, adaptation and vulnerability. He is the editor of a book series on disaster risk reduction, published by Springer. Prof. Shaw has published more than 45 books and over 300 academic papers and book chapters.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Public Health and Disasters
  • Book Subtitle Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management in Asia
  • Editors Emily Ying Yang Chan
    Rajib Shaw
  • Series Title Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Series Abbreviated Title Disaster Risk Reduct.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-0923-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-0926-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-0924-7
  • Series ISSN 2196-4106
  • Series E-ISSN 2196-4114
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 343
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 35 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Natural Hazards
    Public Health
    Sustainable Development
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