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How can we best engage city dwellers in emergency response? The density and diversity of urban environments pose challenges for humanitarians looking to identify representative community members and engage crises-affected people effectively. The scale of the urban landscape means more affected people as well as greater variety in stakeholders. Following a panel at the ALNAP Annual Meeting on 11 March chaired by Groupe URD featuring presentations from British Red Cross, Mukuru Slums Development Projects and IFRC as well as Q&A (available to view at http://www.alnap.org/resource/10793.aspx), this webinar will bring together a panel of operationally experienced humanitarians to discuss the challenges…
Out of 21 cities worldwide that lie in similar seismic zones, Kathmandu, Nepal is at the highest risk in terms of impact on people. Taking the Kathmandu Valley as a case study, this report presents a series of lessons on good practice and innovative approaches for urban risk management, preparedness and response programmes. The report, developed in partnership with Groupe URD, forms part of a wider learning project that is helping to inform the programmes and responses, training, technical guidelines, approaches and tools of the British Red Cross and its partners. The Kathmandu-specific and general learning points presented in the…
Monday 17 February 2014 Venue: Royal Society Of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON, W1G 0AE In early November Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines with wind speeds of up to 196mph, killing and injuring thousands and destroying homes and infrastructure. The resulting devastation and human suffering caught the attention of the world and many countries, the United Kingdom included, sent volunteers to assist the affected communities. What those volunteers experienced was challenging, emotive and sometimes quite unexpected. This meeting aims to highlight the diverse work of some of the agencies involved and share the lessons learned for disaster response in the…
Evidence Aid has been working with Virginia Murray and others in Public Health England, and elsewhere, to prepare focused Evidence Aid resources (relevant scientific evidence) for the Philippines, and have started a dedicated webpage which can be accessed at: http://www.evidenceaid.org/resources-following-typhoon-haiyan-in-the-philippines/ You will find studies on the following: Infectious Diseases & Flooding Disaster Evacuation & Medication Flooding & Mental Health Secondary Stressors and Extreme events and Disasters Disaster Risk Management for Health   Other useful items include: Needs assessment: Process, Methodologies and Tools Fact Sheets: Disaster Risk Management for Health   If you (or others in your team) are in the…
Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck Southeast Asia in early November 2013, with especially damaging consequences for large swathes of the Philippines. It was one of the deadliest typhoons on record, killing almost 6,000 people, though the final death toll is still being determined. Adding to the country's woes, just a few weeks early in mid-October a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the island province of Central Visayas killing and injuring hundreds with another 300,000 people displaced. Researchers associated with the Igarapé Institute and the Enstiti Travay Sosyal ak Syans Sosyal (Institute of Social Work and Social Science) were based in Central Visayas…
As a man having no sisters and children, it was very hard for me to understand the world of an adolescent girl. Plan International's Because I am a Girl Report 2013 changed that. This report has connected two globally important themes – the International Day of the Girl (11 October) and the International Day for Disaster Reduction (13 October) – in a rather unprecedented way. At any given time adolescent girls around the globe face various problems and challenges− in their own homes and in their societies. These girls who are already vulnerable, or 'in jeopardy' because of their sex…
I grabbed a few minutes of Roger Yates's time today. He's  Plan International's Director of Disaster Response, with over 25 years of experience. We identified 10 key lessons for NGOs responding to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. They are borne out in plenty of evaluations (e.g. see the box below on the 2004 Tsunami). 1. Focus on the priorities. Don't try to do everything at once. Accept initial levels of choas and confusion. Immediate priorities probably include: (a) understand  how things are working in the Philippines, and who is doing what; (b) develop initial plans based on local needs not…
Many humanitarian agencies are currently working with Philippine Government agencies and civil society to support the estimated 9.8 million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. With media reports suggesting that conditions in urban areas such as Tacloban City are particularly severe, ALNAP's Lessons Paper Responding to Urban Disasters contains lessons that are particularly relevant to the response. The paper suggests, among other things, that responding agencies should: prioritise earth-moving equipment on early flights; avoid mass burials; start with blanket distributions; ensure that a common system for medical records is in place. WASH interventions are a priority, and should…
It has been five days since the largest storm of the century – Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda – swept through the Philippines leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Only now are aid agencies beginning to get a clearer picture of the needs and the suffering in the 36 affected provinces. The typhoon has stretched communities to breaking point, but international governments and aid agencies must resist 'saviour syndrome' – believing they can enter a disaster zone and bypass national structures in their efforts to support those in need. When confronted with destruction on such a scale,…
Sunday the 13 October was the International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013. Later that week on Thursday, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched its World Disasters Report 2013. Between these two dates, Asia had a very busy week! Cyclone Phailin devastated the east coast of India (on the 12th), 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the central Philippines (on the 15th), while Typhoon Wipha hit south-east of Japan (on the 16th). The latest World Disasters Report explores the roles and impacts of technological innovations on humanitarian actions. Needless to say, ‘humanitarian technologies’ not only help in…
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