Disaster Rehabilitation Committee (DRC)

This page provides an overview of the ISPRM Disaster Rehabilitation Committee (DRC), an ISPRM committee which also collaborates with the WHO Liaison Committee on WHO disaster-related disability initiatives.

Large-scale disasters result in significant mortality and disability due to the high incidence of traumatic disabling injuries. Health systems of the affected region generally lack rehabilitation infrastructure and are disrupted or destroyed. Moreover, rehabilitation perspective is lacking in relief efforts during the disaster response such that the rehabilitation needs of the newly injured and those with pre-existing disabilities are largely neglected.  Return to normal physical function and full, satisfying lives is therefore limited and community recovery impaired.

To provide technical resources for optimizing the health, functioning and quality of life of persons who sustain injuries or impairments due to a large-scale disaster.

Strategic objectives of the DRC (as of the ISPRM 2013 CRDR committee session) include:

  • Providing technical education and other online resources on professional humanitarian rehabilitation response
  • Facilitating post-disaster rehabilitation response by ISPRM members
  • Hosting symposia on disaster rehabilitation ad convening committee sessions at annual ISPRM congresses
  • Conducting disaster rehabilitation research
  • Writing peer-reviewed discussion and scientific papers on disaster rehabilitation
  • Hosting symposia on disaster rehabilitation ad convening committee sessions at annual ISPRM congresses
  • Providing expert opinion on disaster rehabilitation to WHO and other stakeholder organizations
  • Mobilizing financial resources to support emergency disaster rehabilitation response

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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)

Action plan
Click here to access the DRC Action Plan (June 2015 – June 2016) to see committee activities.


Official Committee Publications, Presentations and Posters

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

Publications (by committee members)

* commissioned for the JRM special series on disaster rehabilitation from the Disaster Rehabilitation Symposium, 6th ISPRM Congress, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 2011

Previous ISPRM Meetings

10th ISPRM 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 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 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)

External related resources