The study also finds community volunteers to be more dynamic in disseminating early warning, shelter management, first aid, search and rescue, and relief operation.
A study of Dhaka University’s Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies (IDMVS) has found that Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) system can reduce loss in disaster-prone areas.
The result of the study was published during a discussion program at RC Majumder auditorium on Dhaka University campus premises on Thursday.
Dr ASM Maksud Kamal, the dean of the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Dhaka, chaired the program as the chief guest.
In the program, speakers said the result of CMDRR strategy, implemented in Gaibandha, Kurigram, Patuakhali, Barguna and Satkhira districts between April 2014 and April 2017, was significant.
The project had assistance from Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Development of Luxembourg through Friendship Luxembourg.
According to the research results, community volunteers are more dynamic in disseminating early warning, shelter management, first aid, search and rescue, and relief operation. Through training and supports, the locals have now become more self-sufficient and self-confident, especially the female members of the communities.
CMDRR system will help the disaster-prone locality to ensure the economic sustainability of the target beneficiaries, facilitating their access to social safety net programs including legal assistance and creating an environment through addressing community or context-specific challenges by building linkages with government and non-government service providers, the speakers said.
They also hoped that the project will help the locals to mobilize infrastructural development and special initiatives.
Among others, Dr Mahbuba Nasrin, director of IDMVS; Runa Khan, executive director and founder of Friendship; Ajay Chakrabarty, deputy secretary at the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief; and Dr Srikanta Chattarjee, professor emeritus at the School of Economics and Finance of University of Massey, New Zealand were present at the discussion program.