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Our Aims and Components

Disaster risks in Hong Kong

Characterized by high population density, Hong Kong is susceptible to multiple large-scale natural disasters and health crises such as typhoons, fires and infectious disease out-breaks. Increasing number of mass gatherings and demonstrations and new developments in mass transportation system mean a high risk for mass casualty accidents. However, Hong Kong community has low disaster awareness and community resilience is lacking. Common language and a complete medical response are essential in times of possible disasters, involving clinical and non-clinical individuals.

Our Aims

Over a 5-year period, we aim to train around 30,000 healthcare professionals, NGOs workers/ practitioners, teachers/ students and members of the community in Hong Kong on disaster preparedness and responses; to provide a central plat-form for ongoing professional education, networking and policy conversations; and to explore opportunities to engage with China, the broader Asia Pacific region and globally.

Our Components

To establish itself as a centre of excellence by having a well-structured governance and organizing annual conference to build and maintain strategic partnerships;

Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJCDPRI) trains and equips individuals with professional skills in disaster preparedness and response through various programme. The contacts of trained respondents and leaders will be maintained by HKJCDPRI in an expert directory, which allows government bureaus to access and mobilize them in times of disasters.

To develop capacity building programme, including core curriculum in disaster preparedness and response such as new modules of Master of Public Health run by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and University of Hong Kong (HKU), e-learning modules, senior leadership and special leadership programme run by Specialty Colleges; specialized tracks training focusing on public health and emergency medicine; simulation-based training including field medical procedures, XVR game-based learning and virtual reality, and faculty mentorship and development enabling knowledge transfer activities with International experts;

To conduct programme evaluation by developing framework with the Harvard University to conduct frequent assessments, surveys and publishing comprehensive evaluation reports.

To build an expert directory facilitating mobilization of individuals trained under HKJCDPRI when a disaster strikes and explore to institute a multilevel certification system that ultimately bears the name of HKJCDPRI;

To create a regional consultative platform for stakeholders by establishing e-portal and webcast to facilitate information exchange and enabling policy conversations;

To enhance total community resilience by organizing train-the-trainer programme, allying with NGOs to run different campaigns on disaster preparedness and response and organizing territory-wide multimedia creation competition for members of the community that covers essay/creative writing, video-shows and photo-journal presentation; and