Disaster Rehabilitation Committee (DRC)

This page provides an overview of the ISPRM Disaster Rehabilitation Committee (DRC), an ad hoc ISPRM committee which helps enact ISPRM’s humanitarian agenda by coordinating with the ISPRM WHO-Liaison Committee, member National Societies, other international professional rehabilitation societies, the World Health Organisation, and other organisations on disaster-related injury and disability.

Large-scale disasters result in significant mortality and disability due to the high incidence of traumatic disabling injuries and the disproportionately higher impact of disasters on persons with existing disability. Health and rehabilitation systems are often poorly developed in resource-scarce countries and regions where most large-scale, sudden onset disasters occur, resulting in further system compromise with critically reduced access and quality of available services. Moreover, limited integration of rehabilitation into the emergency medical response contributes to the burden of neglected rehabilitation needs following a disaster. Recovery and return of physical function and a high quality of life for affected individuals is especially challenging in a disaster.

The DRC provides technical resources and performs additional actions aimed at preserving the health, functioning, and quality of life of persons with disabilities across the disaster management cycle with particular emphasis on persons who sustain severe disabling injury in a large-scale, sudden onset natural disaster.


Strategic goals of the DRC (as of publication of the August 2016 DRC Operational Guidelines) include to:

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Operational Guidelines
Read the DRC Operational guidelines (August 2016)

Disaster policy
ISPRM Policy Statement: Response to a sudden-onset natural disaster (August 2016)


(updated September 2017)

ISPRM Disaster Education & Training Resources

WHO Disaster Education & Training Resources (to which DRC has contributed)

Official Committee Publications, Presentations and Posters (reverse chronological)

in support of an official activity or commissioned by the ISPRM President's Cabinet




Previous ISPRM World Congresses

11th ISPRM World Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina - May 2017 (Scientific session)

10th ISPRM World Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - May 2016 (Scientific Session)

Joint 5th Asia-Oceanian PRM Conference & 26th PARM Convention, Cebu, Philippines - February 2016 (ISPRM CRDR Proceedings)

9th ISPRM World Congress, Berlin, Germany - June 2015 (Scientific Session)

9th ISPRM Congress, Berlin, Germany - June 2015 (Guidance Document Development Workshop)

8th ISPRM Congress, Cancun, Mexico - June 2014 (Scientific session)

7th ISPRM World Congress, Beijing, China - June 2013 (Disaster Rehabilitation Symposium)

Interim ISPRM Meeting, Atlanta, USA - November 2012

6th ISPRM Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico - June 2011 (Disaster Rehabilitation Symposium)