A well-designed health infrastructure system consists of several sub-systems such as hospitals and health care institutions, supply-chains for medicines and equipment, health finance, associated infrastructure (e.g. water, energy, transport), skilled human resources, policy and governance systems. 

CDRI’s health infrastructure resilience programme provides a holistic approach to promote planning, design and management of heath infrastructure based on systemic preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities for primary, secondary and tertiary care.  

The objectives of this programme are:  

  1. Collating existing and generating new knowledge and their dissemination covering:  
  • Risk and resilience assessments of health infrastructure 
  • Global good practices for promoting resilience of health infrastructure.  
  1. Strengthening Member Countries’ capacity for health infrastructure resilience: 
  • Development of SOPs, Guidelines, Standards and Certification  
  • Capacity building of health infrastructure managers and relevant stakeholders 

CDRI is currently working with WHO and GIDRM on three projects: 

  1. Assessment of Health Infrastructure System resilience in Sikkim (India) with WHO: CDRI, with technical support from WHO is assisting the state of Sikkim, India, to design and pilot state-wide systemic resilience interventions for health sector resilience. The lessons and experience from Sikkim, will be used to assist other Himalayan countries including Nepal and Bhutan. The project also aims to engage local institutions for long term capacity building. 
  2. Hospital resilience assessment in India with GIDRM (Germany)The project will develop a framework to assess the resilience of hospitals in India from a systemic risk perspective with the goal on strengthening hospitals to respond effectively before, during and after disasters for uninterrupted access and service provision as well as quick recovery from impacts of extreme events. The framework will be developed into a digital tool to assist policy makers on resilience assessment. 
  3. Development of a Handbook and Guidelines for hospital resilience with GIDRM (Germany): This project will collate existing global good practices for evaluating, supporting, and maintaining resilience of critical health infrastructures with focus on participatory approaches. The identified good practices will feed to a digital guidebook of recommendations on improving resilient critical infrastructures through an all of society approach.