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GDHC specialise in providing expert advice that improves health system responses to natural hazard disaster events and public health emergencies across the continuum of the disaster management cycle.

We offer a comprehensive suite of bespoke services and tools that critically examine, test and improve health system preparedness, emergency response and recovery in any country and every context.

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Risk-based disaster planning

Contemporary disaster response planning is based on scientifically robust evidence and knowledge of the health-specific risks across the population and allocation of service-specific resources to meet the need of affected communities for diagnosis, treatment and care.

GDHC provides specialist expertise to test the alignment of emergency response operations with hazard-specific threats and assess the health service capacity and capability to respond to healthcare needs of affected communities while maintaining ordinal functions. We provide context-specific advisories on improving processes, procedures, and policies to improve systems-wide responses to public health emergencies, catastrophes and disaster events.

Critically, GDHC adopts a future-forward position in the development of recommendations to ensure hazard-threat assessments and exposure-risk analyses are aligned with realistic scaled dimensions. Specialised applications and tools available to inform planning, preparation and operational processes include the following.

  • Hazard-threat assessment
  • Hazard-risk analyses
  • Hazard-specific vulnerability analysis
  • Service impact assessment
  • Service deficit analyses
  • Service deficit analyses
  • Community health needs analysis
  • Exposure-risk assessment
  • Vulnerability-stratification analysis
  • Risk mitigation assessments

Public health emergency/disaster preparedness

All health systems are encouraged to test and review emergency and disaster preparation and response plans to improve the effectiveness of future emergency responses. Current methodologies typically apply tests based on historical patterns of illness or injury and use modular unilateral hazard impacts which significantly misrepresent risk and impact potential, including catastrophic failure within systems.

GDHC applies context-specific analyses to test disaster health responses by sub-units or whole health systems, assessing preparedness, response, and recovery capability across scalable patterns of hazard-risk exposure dimensions. This approach ensures health systems can modify and adjust or reorientate activities toward higher-order value functions based on existing resources. It also facilitates the integration of response coordination across local, regional, and national government ministries and departments with the responsibility for disaster preparation and response.

GDHC offers a variety of specialised services and tools to support preparation activities to build improved response capability. Specialised applications and tools available to inform planning, preparation and operational processes include the following.

  • Integrated systems response assessment
  • Operations gap analyses
  • Training needs assessment
  • Scenario training
  • Documentation review and procedural templates
  • Service impact assessment
  • System deficit analyses
  • Compounding hazard response capability assessment
  • Capacity building planning
  • Intervention efficacy planning
  • Strategic planning and target setting
  • Communication efficacy and integration assessment
  • Contingency planning
  • Exposure-risk assessment
  • Monitoring/surveillance analytical capability, pattern identification

Emergency/disaster health response

During every public health emergency and disaster event, health services attempt to care for those acutely affected, mitigate the effect of ongoing hazard exposures while at the same time managing the healthcare needs of people already in healthcare and yet unaffected by the disaster event.

Planning and managing such complexity often requires technical expertise, deftness and resourcefulness typically out of reach of most health service structures.

GHDC focuses on approaches to assist health services provide life-saving care, while protecting vulnerable groups and reducing corresponding morbidity and mortality risk from ongoing exposure to hazards.

  • Health risk assessment analysis
  • Monitoring hazard-risk dynamics
  • Developing compounding hazard-health risk profile
  • Monitoring exposure-risk dynamics
  • Testing community health needs analysis
  • Facilitating integrated multi-database risk analyses
  • Monitoring population vulnerability dynamics
  • Testing intervention fidelity
  • Facilitating internal and external risk communication pathways

Post-disaster health recovery analysis

Population health-risks from disaster events rarely ceases once the primary hazard has dissipated or gone. More often, secondary and compounding hazards pose ongoing health risks for communities including risks from infrastructure damage and supply chain interruptions caused by the event.

GDHC works to support health services return to more predictable and less volatile operating parameters. We provide tools and services that assist health care planning, orientation of health care delivery services and treatment modalities to population-specific locales affected and unaffected by the primary event and ongoing hazard risks. Specialised applications and tools available include the following.

  • Service impact analysis
  • System vulnerability analysis
  • Access and equity analysis
  • Critical consideration analysis
  • Community health vulnerability analysis
  • Standards of patient care review
  • After action review (AAR)
  • Morbidity mortality review
  • Service priorities and targets review

Disaster health policy evaluation

Health and medical disciplines have traditionally preferred experimental and quasi-experimental approaches to study the efficacy of health interventions delivered to different groups of people in need of care following disaster events. These methods are not suitable or appropriate to evaluate the effect and impact of emergency health responses to catastrophes and disaster events and require specialised knowledge and unique technical capability and experience to design and study such questions.

GDHC apply unique expert knowledge of scientific methodologies to examine the influence of disaster policy on emergency health and medical responses for the purpose of policy review and reform. We specialise in designing scientifically robust evaluation methods and frameworks to examine a wide variety of questions relating to the emergency health response inputs, outputs, processes, and activities. These tools and methods can be applied in near-real-time to monitor effects as the disaster event unfolds or as retrospective assessments performed as one part of an after action review (AAR).