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Disaster Risk Reduction Day 2018

The short animation by CBM highlights the need for inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) through meaningful participation of people with disabilities and organisations at the levels of planning and implementation of DRR.

What is Disaster Risk Reduction Day?

Torrential monsoon rains in July/August 2016 caused devastating flooding in Bangladesh. CBM CBM supported two partners to address the most urgent needs of the affected population, including persons with disabilities.This image shows an accessible rescue boat.
13 October is designated as International Day for Disaster Reduction to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Every year the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Day recognises progress and encourages further efforts to build disaster resilient communities and nations.

This Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the substantial progress being made toward reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.

Theme for this year

The overall theme of the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) in 2018 is reducing the economic loss of disasters which is Target (c) of the Sendai Framework.

The Sendai Framework - a blueprint for inclusion in DRR

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, adopted in Japan in March 2015, has been widely hailed as the most inclusive of its kind; not only was the process leading up to the conference and the event itself extremely participatory of persons with disabilities, but the final document, with multiple references to accessibility, inclusion and universal design, provides an outline that can lead to a safer, more resilient world for all.

CBM launches guide for disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction

People in flood affected areas of Gaibandha, Bangladesh, are evacuated with a wheelchair accessible rescue boat.
On the occasion of IDDR Day 2018, CBM is launching a guide to build the capacity of people with disabilities to become agents of change for inclusion in disaster risk reduction.

"The Gaibandha Model" good practices guide outlines a framework for successful disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction programming. It is based on the experience of CBM and its partners in implementing community-based disaster risk reduction programs in some of the most flood-affected communities in Bangladesh. The model puts people with disabilities at the center of disaster risk reduction. Read this article for more information.


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