Program for the Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) Phase III


The Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) is a regional program initiated by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in 1998. The goal is to enhance local and regional disaster preparedness and response capacities of nine countries within the Asia region (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, and Vietnam) through institutionalization of sustainable disaster preparedness training programs and emergency response systems. These countries were selected to participate in the program based on their high hazard vulnerability, their need to improve their disaster response capacity, and governmental interest to participate in PEER.


PEER assists local, regional, and national disaster management organizations to conduct standardized training in medical first response, collapsed structure search and rescue, and hospital preparedness for emergencies (HOPE). The project aims to:

  • Establish a system for enhanced community-level first responder capacity in disaster-prone communities.
  • Improve the capacity of hospitals and medical facilities to manage mass casualty incidents.
  • Train in-country instructors in all of its training programs for long-term sustainability.

PEER training in Nepal also includes Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE) and Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies. It is planned that PEER III will end in June 2014 and that a follow-on project will continue.

Download the factsheet (pdf) to learn more. 

Last updated: August 18, 2014

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