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The Role of Nurses in Disaster Management in Asia Pacific

  • Edited By: Sheila Bonito, Hiroko Minami
  • ISBN: 9783319413082
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publication Date: December 15, 2017
  • Format: Hardback – 115 Pages
  • Language: English


This book documents how nurses have shown their dedication, courage, expertise and compassion in helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disastrous events. It aims to inspire and equip nurses and other health professionals to help people in disaster-affected areas and contribute to community resilience. The last decade (2005-2015) has been characterized by a number of overwhelming natural disasters – tropical storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis; and threats of emerging infectious diseases – SARS, MERSCoV and Ebola around the world.

Countries from the Asia Pacific region, such as Australia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, India, Japan, Nepal, Philippines, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Thailand and Vanuatu, have borne the brunt of the devastation caused by these catastrophic events. Nurses from these countries have stepped in providing emergency care in hospitals and in the field, addressing public health needs in evacuation centers, supporting epidemiologic surveillance and conducting health education, training and research, to help save lives and support communities build back better.

Key Features
  • Provides a research-based account of nurses’ contribution to disaster management in the Asia Pacific region
  • Helps to assess and guide the work of nurses in the contexts of disaster preparedness, response and recovery
  • Guides teachers and students in building disaster management competencies
  • Contributes to developing research and policy on disaster nursing
  • Empowers individual nurses and nurse organizations to become more involved
Table of Contents
  1. Introduction: Sheila Bonito
    1. The Asia Pacific region and natural disasters
    2. The role of nurses in disaster management
    3. Purpose of the book and intended audience
  2. Disaster Nursing Framework and Method : Sheila Bonito
  3. Disaster Nursing Case Studies from Asia Pacific
    1. Australia – 2011 Cyclone Washi, 2009 Wildfires
    2. Cambodia – 2011 Riverine flood (Aug 8 to Nov 1)
    3. China – 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, 2010 Riverine flood (May 29 -Aug 31)
    4. Indonesia – 2006 Yogyakarta Earthquakes, 2014 volcanic eruptions
    5. India – 2013 Riverine flood (June 12-27)
    6. Japan – 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami (March 11)
    7. Myanmar – 2008 Cyclone Nargis
    8. Nepal – 2015 Earthquake
    9. New Zealand – 2010 Christchurch Earthquake
    10. Philippines – 2012 Typhoon Pablo, 2013 Typhoon Haiyan, 2013 Bohol Earthquake
    11. Samoa – 2009 Tsunami
    12. South Korea – 2015 MERSCoV3.13. Thailand – 2012 Riverine Flood (August 5, 2011 to January 4, 2012)
    13. Vanuatu – 2015 Cyclone Pam (March 15, 2015)
  4. Analysis: Contribution of Nurses in Disaster Management
    1. Disaster prevention and mitigation
    2. Disaster preparedness
    3. Disaster response
    4. Disaster recovery and rehabilitation
  5. Conclusion
Author(s) Biography

Sheila R. Bonito is Professor at the University of the Philippines Open University. She served as Chair of Disaster Preparedness Committee of the Philippine Nurses Association from 2010-2015. She has published modules, case studies, journal articles and advocacy materials on emergency and disaster management. She is a resource person in emergency and disaster nursing training programs at the Philippine Nurses Association and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center. She is an active member of the Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network organized by the World Health Organization Western Pacific and Southeast Asian regions.

Professor Hiroko Minami is an eminent nurse leader in Japan who has been working diligently for the advancement of nursing in Japan including education, service and research for more than 30 years. Prof. Hiroko Minami received her basic nursing education form Kochi Woman’s University, Japan. She later received the Master Degree in Public Health form Hebrew University, Israel, and Doctoral of Nursing Science Degree from University of California, San Francisco. She is the 2001 recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award, the past President of the International Council of Nurses, and is currently President of the University of Kochi, Japan.


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