SERB addresses institutional and technical capacity gaps in disaster response at the national and local levels. It focuses on developing safer health facilities by assessing their safety and upskilling health workers.
The program also seeks to create competent Urban Community Volunteers and strengthen their network in Bangladesh, who can be deployed in case of emergencies.
SERB assists the Government of Bangladesh in achieving an integrated approach to emergency management at national and community levels, supporting the ongoing and past efforts in emergency preparedness.
HOPE course is the foundational course for emergency preparedness in health facilities. It prepares the hospital staff to develop and implement response plans during crises.
The course is developed to strengthen the capacity of each professional involved in day-to-day operations. This includes doctors, and the non-medical and support staff such as administration, security, facility maintenance, and other support personnel. HOPE has been adapted for training the Upazila Health Complex in Bangladesh.
HICS builds on the basic knowledge of HOPE. The course includes a five-day specialized training, designed for hospitals to assist them with all-hazards emergency planning and response efforts. The course intends to develop the capacity of the hospital incident command team to command, coordinate and control an emergency incident.