As a collaborating partner of Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (HKAM) in the establishment of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute (HKJC DPRI), CCOUC has received a commissioned grant of HK$57.89 million from HKAM, as part of the HK$2.71 billion generous donation from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, in the coming five years to help develop HKJC DPRI as an operational centre of excellence, which aims to establish Hong Kong as an international leader in disaster preparedness and response training and to promote community resilience in Hong Kong.
The funding will support CCOUC’s work in the following main areas:
1. Develop the first Disaster Information Database (DID) covering disaster health related information of Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region.
2. Develop four Master of Public Health Modules in such areas as Health and Human Security, Disaster Epidemiology, Emergency Field-based Health Needs Assessment, and Health Programmes in Disaster and Resource Deficit Settings.
3. Develop 10 e-learning modules to foster development of skills and knowledge transfer for a range of humanitarian responders in Hong Kong, China, and the Asia Pacific region.
4. Provide field-based training opportunities where the trainees will engage in field health needs assessments, designing, delivering and evaluating public health interventions in remote, disaster-affected areas of rural China.
5. Grant the NGO Training Fellowships as a community knowledge-transfer initiative which intends to empower mid-career frontline NGO workers to assess, analyse, develop, implement and evaluate emergency assistance and health-related interventions in the context of disaster and crisis.
6. Grant Overseas Training Fellowships for non-clinical public health training to bring into Hong Kong the most comprehensive and updated knowledge through enabling local healthcare professionals to study or work at renowned overseas training institutes or disaster-related agencies.
7. Support the complex simulation exercises led by HKAM in terms of pre-simulation context development and briefing.
8. Produce Disaster and Health Policy Briefs related to the role of various medical and healthcare subspecialties in building emergency health resilience and community resilience, together with Harvard School of Public Health.
9. Develop a train-the-trainer programme for secondary school teachers to promote community resilience in Hong Kong.