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Title: Disaster planning and the All Hazards Approach : a case study of a military hospital in Saudi Arabia
Author: Ghasib, S. H. F.
Awarding Body: University College of Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 1994
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Kuwait's invasion and the United Nations Coalition's subsequent response affected all sectors of Saudi society, particularly those responsible for disaster management. This thesis is not a survey of disaster relief and their results, but rather concerns disaster response relating to medical issues. It is presented as a case study, dealing in particular with the response efforts of the North West Armed Forces Hospital, the major health care referral complex in North West Saudi Arabia. The work focuses on process planning for disaster response and the primacy of an All Hazards Approach, traced through a review of disaster response literature. Works analysed consists of published and unpublished Saudi government documents, official communications, personal interviews, international symposia proceedings, and relevant literature. Profiles of the NWAFH Programme before, during and after the Gulf Crisis present an overview of the facility's disaster response capacity and an evaluation of its planning process. Recommendations are presented for both local and national disaster response planning. Local recommendations highlight committee planning, emergency preparedness planning (EPP), committee organisation and formation, EPP preparation, communication network development, and protocol development for disaster site management. The importance of the local EPP ensuring that hospital and local EPPs fit into national peace and war-time EPP contingencies are emphasised. National recommendations advocate the All Hazards Approach and development of a national EPP with cooperative communications, training, and education schemes. The development of a National Disaster Institute and a systems approach to disaster response planning is recommended. To this end, a grid is presented for use by Saudi disaster planners, to guarantee an All Hazards Approach to the planning process.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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