I'm sure you are all aware of the developing Swine flu crisis. I am here in Chiang Mai with the CFT of the Constellation and we have been following developments with concern on the WHO website
as well as in the press.
Constellation coaches have worked with IFRC on Human Flu Pandemic Preparedness and developed a self assessment framework with them. A team recently applied it in a community setting in Liberia where they added four more community specific practices. The framework is not perfect but the team here in Chiang Mai have just decided to assess their preparedness with it. We were level one or two on most practices.(see attached) Self-Assessment tool- prepare flu pandemicCFT.doc
We found it very useful to discuss it together - we all have different circumstances ( some of us are traveling by air in the coming days) and realise that in the event of a pandemic we are going to rely far more on our family and neighbours than on our work colleagues.
In terms of specific actions we agreed we would each develop personal prevention plans, we take responsibility to share information with each other, our family and friends, and we will consider who is vulnerable and what steps we can take to help. With regard to information sharing we want to offer you the Flu Pandemic Preparedness framework to use in your organisation and your communities.Self-Assessment tool- prepare flu pandemic.doc
If you do use it it will be great if you can give us some feedback via the Comments on how you used it, how useful you found it and what actions it prompted.
We found most of the practices very relevant, we did not have a common view of the issues at the outset, which provided a useful conversation, and it was time well spent to get us into action.
Stay well & regards