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Volume 14, Issue 2, 2017
Source: African Safety Promotion 14, pp 1 –17 (2017)More Less
This study explored disaster emergency preparedness at Onandjokwe Lutheran Hospital in Northern Namibia. It utilized quantitative and qualitative research methods, using a self-administered questionnaire, semi-structured key informant interviews, and a hospital disaster plan checklist. A stratified sample of 120 participants was used with a response rate of 75% and the sample included all staff categorises within the hospital. Five key informants were purposively selected from the management team. In addition, one environmental health officer was selected from non-managerial staff members. The key informants were members of the hospital emergency preparedness committee and command and control unit. The questionnaires were self-administered which enabled the respondents to respond freely and at their convenience. The questionnaire was pre-tested, adjusted and finalised. Face-to-face semi-structured key informant interviews allowed for clarifications and followup questions on overall disaster emergency preparedness process. Through the use of open-ended questions the respondents were encouraged to express their opinions and offer more information. The checklist was used to check and determine the components of the hospital’s disaster plan against the actual processes in the hospital. Most of the respondents were young females aged between 20 and 30 years. The results indicated a fair knowledge of the principled conduct and abilities to respond to emergencies including disease outbreaks. It was established that positive efforts in disaster preparedness were being effected. However, even though the hospital has a good draft disaster plan, more is to be done on training, revisions, and infrastructure alignments.
Source: African Safety Promotion 14, pp 18 –23 (2017)More Less
Research has highlighted a range of consequences associated with learner victimisation affecting the physical, emotional and academic aspects of learners' lives. These consequences impact learners' performance at school and compromise their ability to desist from criminal and delinquent behaviour. The National School Safety Framework (NSSF) – approved by the Minister of Education in April 2015 - is located within a range of international and national laws and policies that recognise the safety of learners and educators as a prerequisite for quality learning and teaching at school. The framework affirms the commitment to the right of all children in South Africa to be protected from all forms of violence, and in so doing, aims to ensure safe and equitable access to quality education for children as set out in the National Development Plan of South Africa. The NSSF provides an important instrument through which minimum standards for safety at school can be established, implemented and monitored, and for which schools, districts and provinces can be held accountable. The Framework provides a systematic approach to ensuring that each member in the school body plays their role in creating and maintaining safe school environments. This perspective paper outlines the NSSF’s approach to preventing school violence.
Author Nick MalherbeSource: African Safety Promotion 14, pp 24 –25 (2017)More Less
The biennial World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion hosts a range of oral and poster presentations on numerous disciplines, including: epidemiology, preventive medicine, public health, social and behavioural sciences, as well as social and economic medicine. In 2016, the 12th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion was held in Tampere, Finland between 18 and 21 September. The conference was hosted by the National Institute for Health and Welfare, cosponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), and supported by the Government of Finland and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The conference theme “from research to implementation” emphasised the importance of connecting knowledge around violence with injury prevention, while stressing the need to address the multitude of transnational public health challenges. In speaking to this theme, the Tampere Declaration - that is, the key conference outcome - expresses a commitment to global injury prevention and safety promotion.