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Title: Community awareness and perceptions of health sector preparedness and response to cyclone Nargis
Authors: N. W. Myint
J. Kaewkungwal
P. Singhasivanon
K. Chaisiri
P. Ponpet
P. Siriwan
A. K. Mallik
K. W. Thet
Medical Care Division
Mahidol University
Ministry of Public Health
Red Cross Society
World Health Organization, Thailand
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2011
Citation: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. Vol.42, No.4 (2011), 1014-1021
Abstract: Community awareness, preparedness and response to public health emergencies are essential for a successful response to public health emergencies. This study was carried out to determine community awareness and perceptions regarding health sector preparedness and response to Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. Six focus group discussions were carried out in 3 villages severely affected by Cyclone Nargis. Thematic content analysis was carried out to determine community perceptions. Focus group participants, consisting of community members, community leaders and government personnel, were aware of the cyclone, but were unaware of its intensity and where it would make landfall. There was inadequate knowledge on how to prepare for a cyclone. There was some training on cyclone preparation but coverage was not wide enough. Participants received service and relief from health sector; they had a positive attitude toward health services provided to them. However, 5 out of 6 focus groups stated most villagers were not interested in health education. Only a few participants had some knowledge on how to prepare for a cyclone. Based on these results, there are evident weaknesses on how to prepare for cyclones. Community preparedness is essential to prevent disasters with cyclones, such as with Cyclone Nargis.
ISSN: 01251562
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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