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Welcome Message from the Co-Secretariat of the Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network

Welcome to the Homepage of the Asia-Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network.

The Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network was formed in 2007 as a key outcome of the Joint Informal Meeting of Health Emergency Partners and Nursing Stakeholders, convened in Bangkok, Thailand by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific and South-East Asia Regions in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The Network aims to build the capacities of nurses and midwives to fully contribute to coordinated and effective prevention, preparedness and response efforts; improved service delivery, and the building of community resilience during times of emergencies and disasters. We are committed to being a leader in Asia Pacific for advancing emergency and disaster nursing and developing safer and resilient communities in the region.

At present, the Network has around 240 individual members from over 40 countries in the Asia Pacific Region. Most of the members come from the academe, ministries of health, nursing and midwifery professional and humanitarian organizations. Each year since 2007, the members of the Network meet to discuss pressing issues and concerns on disaster preparedness, response, rehabilitation, and building capacities and resilience in individuals and communities. Previous meetings were held in Bangkok, Thailand (2007 & 2013); Jinan, China (2008); Cairns, Australia (2009); Auckland, New Zealand (2010); Seoul, Korea (2011); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012); Wuhan, China (2014); Manila, the Philippines (2015); and Vellore, India (2016).

With the support of our members and our international partners, we are making concerted efforts to build safer and resilient communities in Asia Pacific for sustainable development. We invite you to visit this homepage to get more information on our work.


Prof. Alice Yuen Loke

Dr Orapan Thosingha

Co-Secretariat of the Asia-Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network