A-PAD Bangladesh Activity Report Month of June 2023
Project Title: Strengthening Capacity for Sustainable Disaster Management Network by involving multi-sectoral platform Project Period: 17 January, 2023 – 16 January, 2024 (12 month)
- Project Activities and Accomplishments
Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to natural disasters and, due to climate change; we are facing natural disasters almost every year. Combined with the country’s geographical location, topography, and dense population, disaster events often result in high loss of life and economic loss, though Bangladesh has been successfully reducing the loss of human lives over the years. The frequency and intensity of natural disasters have been increased in recent years due t o climate change. The climatic events have serious consequences on broad agricultural sectors, food security, water, health and sanitation and leave serious impacts on life and livelihood of the communities. But so far we have limited disaster risk related data to understand the depth of household and population characteristics and loss sustained by the community at the household levels.
A-PAD Bangladesh started project from January 2023 and presently continue it 17 January 2023 to build up capacity on disaster management. It communicates with the different sectors like local community, community leaders, stakeholders, GOVT. officials continuing training on disaster management. To hold training program A-PAD Bangladesh staff organized small community meeting to sharing ideas on disaster and introduced them about A-PAD Bangladesh activity. A-PAD Bangladesh working 8 divisional areas.
There are 1 health workers in each divisions whose are doing home visit and aware the local community about basic disaster awareness. The health workers gave basic ideas about disaster management. A-PAD Bangladesh working at the rural areas. If there would be any directions or announcement from GOVT. or any disaster related news has been published the health workers delivered the message to the local community. Total 4,837 persons were benefited from A-PAD Bangladesh on June 2023.
A-PAD Bangladesh attended coordination meeting at the 8 divisions in Office of Deputy Commissioner. At that meeting different NGOs had joined and explained their activities. Besides this what will be the next activities of the GOVT. and NGOs were discussed at that meeting.
1. To manage the emergency disaster management coordination centers in disaster-prone areas (Outcome 1)
The disaster management coordination center in disaster vulnerable areas established in this project (3 year project) functions as a disaster response base in each region, and contributes for preventing the spread of health damage to local residents and community-led disaster risk
Indicators to Measure Results:
Achievements vs Outcome:
If the activity is behind the schedule, please write the reason.
1-1 Operation of Emergency Disaster Management Coordination Centers
Beneficiaries: 10 people x 25
days x 8 divisions x 12 months = 24,000 people
50 people x 8 campaign x 12 months = 4,800 people
【Indicators of Outcome】
1-1: The disaster response management centers in 8 places (Dhaka, Chattagram, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal, Sylhet, Rangpur and Mymensingh division) will be utilized and the necessary equipment for emergency health care will be prepared. We will establish a new emergency disaster management coordination center in Mymensingh division.
The center will function as a resource center for sharing information on disasters and will be used as a venue for strategic planning meetings, training and workshops. The staff members including doctors and nurses visit the villages and carry out awareness activities related to emergency health measures, public health and disaster prevention for local residents, and ensure that each local resident takes appropriate preventive measures.
Total 3,079 people visited to the Disaster Management Coordination Center to discuss about disaster preparedness and health related issues.
Dhaka: 400 Persons Cox’s Bazar: 350 Persons Pabna: 380 Persons
Bagerhat: 396 Persons
Patuakhali: 408 Persons
Habiganj: 410 Persons
Rangpur: 360 Persons
Netrokona: 375 Persons
Total = 3,079 Persons
1-2 Disaster Management Awareness program
Beneficiaries:15 participants x 3 sessions x 8 divisions x 12
months = 4,320 people
A-PAD Bangladesh conducted Disaster Management Awareness programs at the 8 divisional areas where 386 persons participated. Total 3 times training was organized at each divisional area.
Dhaka:15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+5=50 Participants
(Indicator: number of visitors, record of services provided)
1-2: The PCR test lab installed in the previous project will continue to operate. In the first year of the project, testing will be conducted only for COVID-19. From the second year onwards, it will be expanded to other infectious diseases (tuberculosis, measles, hepatitis) according to the needs of local residents.
(Indicator: number of tests, report of test results)
Cox’s Bazar: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+3=48 Participants
Pabna: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45 Participants
Bagerhat: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+4=49 Participants
Patuakhali: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45 Participants
Habiganj: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+6= 51 Participants
Rangpur: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+3=48 Participants
Netrokona: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+5=50
1-3 Operation of PCR lab Beneficiaries: 15 people x 25
days x 12 months = 4500
people(Monthly Goal: 15
persons x 25 days = 375 persons)
A-PAD Bangladesh established PCR Lab for COVID-19 test. In Bangladesh number of COVID-19 patients has average in number.
In May 2023 total 580 COVID-19 test has been done
2 Strengthening the disaster response platform network (Outcome 2)
A-PAD BGD, NPF for disaster reduction and disaster response through collaboration between multi-sectors, will be established and expanded, and
the disaster prevention and disaster capacity of its member organizations will be strengthened.
2-1 Network partner meeting
Participants : 100 people x 5
villages x 8 divisions = 4000
【Indicators of Outcome】
2-1 Strategies, mechanism and action plan meeting among networking partners and local communities
Cox’s Bazar is one of the major Cyclone regions of Bengal. Due to the geographical areas of Cox’s Bazar, rainwater gets trapped very easily during the monsoon season, especially
in the rural areas, the trapped rainwater causes flooding
will be held to support the building of disaster cooperation framework.
2-2 For the aim of awareness and increase the knowledge on disaster preparedness and management among the local community, we will organize different rally and meeting on the disaster preparedness and SDGs related national/international days like 05 November World Tsunami Awareness Day, 13 October Disaster Risk Reduction Day, 22 April Earth Day and 16 December Victory Day (National).
2-3 For the aim of strengthening of partner organizations, disaster risk reduction (DRR) training will be held.
The training contents includes community-based disaster risk management, planning DRR strategies, and risk analysis that effectively identifies hazards, capacities and vulnerabilities.
(Indicator: Partner organizations)
2-4 In this seminar, participants from various fields will be invited to exchange opinions and discuss ways to discover innovations related to DRR proposed by community residents and local companies and realize
ideas and inventions.
and the people of the rural areas face various kinds of damage. Total 512 participants joined at the network partner meeting.
14 June 2023, Monopara, Dhaka, Total Participants 100 + 3 Participants
17 June 2023, Sarkar Para, Dhaka, Total Participants 100 + 3 Participants
18 June 2023, South Hindupara, Dhaka, Total Participants 100 Participants
24 June2023, Palpara, Dhaka, Total Participants 100+2 Participants
25 June 2023, Rakhainpara, Dhaka, Total Participants 100+4 Participants
Ensure the department’s ability to rapidly reconstruct essential information and salvage damaged records containing information essential to establishing detailed recovery procedures, and a management directive for implementation (disaster recovery).
To protect life and property from Cyclone disasters, it is imperative to take the following necessary steps to deal with possible Cyclones.
1. Increase public awareness
2. Cyclone preparedness
3. Post- Cyclone rescue, relief and reconstruction programs etc.
Before the Cyclone
(Indicator: To create innovative solutions, we aim to create a successful model for disaster response by combining technology and knowledge that transcends fields and innovating)
2-5 The international symposium will be held in Dhaka to widely share the cooperation between multi-actors at the central and regional levels in Bangladesh and the progress of the emergency health response system among participants who are involved in disaster response from inside and outside Bangladesh. International experts will be dispatched from A-PAD member countries to introduce advanced cases of NPF in each country.
(Indicator: The international symposium will be held for a total of three days, one day for field trips (field visits), one day for pre-meetings, and one day for international symposiums.)
(a)Everyone in the family should know the rules for turning off electricity and gas lines.
(b) Do not keep heavy objects on top of the house,
After the Cyclone
(a) Evacuate the damaged building in a slow and orderly manner.
(b) Listening and obeying emergency instructions from radio and television.
(c)Check whether there is any problem with electricity, gas, or telephone lines and take immediate action if necessary.
(d) To assist government agencies in maintaining law and order.
(e) Engaging in rescue work. Arrange for the evacuation of affected people to temporary shelters.
Floods were an important topic of discussion at the networking meeting organized by CIS. The meeting discussed how we can deal with the flood disaster.
1) To provide an idea about the damage and loss of human life due to flood to the people living in the area.
2) Bringing together youths to elders to hold courtyard meetings to raise awareness about flood prevention.
3) To train the youth of low-lying areas on flood control.
4) Advising people in low-lying areas to build their dwellings before the monsoon season.
5) Provide sufficient bleaching powder to disinfect the
habitations of the people of the area after the flood water
has gone out and tell the correct rules for its use.
6) In addition to the awareness of the local people to make the city areas flood-free, it is more important to monitor the city corporation to keep the drain lines clean and to keep the used garbage plastic in designated places.
2-2 Disaster Preparedness Campaigns
Participants：100 people x 2
times x 8 divisions = 1,600 people
2.3 Network Partners Capacity Strengthening (DRR)
Participants：30 people x 2 org x 8 divisions x 2 times
A-PAD Bangladesh organized Network Partners Capacity Strengthening (DRR) Training at Dhaka.
04-05 June 2023, Dhaka, Total Participants 60 + 5 Participants
During normal flooding, many roads become inaccessible for as much as eight hours, whilst, during heavy rainfall, this can increase to a period of twelve hours and upwards. Flooding has become as common and regular a problem as water pollution, traffic congestion, air and noise pollution and solid
waste disposal. The main causes of such water
logging are inadequate drainage systems, natural siltation, the absence of inlets and outlets, a lack of proper maintenance of the existing drainage system, and the disposal of solid waste into the drains and drainage paths. In some of the slum areas, water lays stagnant year round, obstructing mobility and posing serious health hazards. So different type of ideas was shared in the training session on reducing the climatic events issues and developing infrastructures to prevent fire and
flooding type disasters.
2-4 Seminar for Developing New Disaster Prevention Solutions Participants：40persons x 8 divisions x 2times
Netrakona district is one of the disaster-prone areas in Bangladesh. Community Initiative Society (CIS) Organized a Seminar for Developing New Disaster Prevention Solutions Community leaders, Teachers, Private Sector, local NGO’s and Government Officials attended the seminar and shared their knowledge and opinion for the future.
18-19 June 2023, Netrokona, Total Participants 40 + 2 Participants
Many people become landless and homeless as a result of destroyed housing and destroyed land. Often, they migrate to other localities in search of shelter and livelihood. And when they are unable to do so they fall under many illegal
activities and negative coping mechanisms for maintaining
livelihood for them and their families. These landless people thus are also becoming more vulnerable due to this hazard. In this seminar, there was also a discussion on the responder plan. As the responder plan should cover some facts such as food security and nutrition, water supply, education & sanitation and protection of children. There should be a list of prioritized areas which is most affected.
2-5 International Symposium on DRR
3. Strengthening disaster resilience of local communities
3-1 Disaster response capacity building of local community level in Health and hygiene field
3-1 a) ) Workshop on Disaster Management and Emergency Health Response
Participants：40 persons x 8 divisions x 2 times = 640 persons
【Indicator of Outcome】
3-1 a) Workshops will be held to understand emergency disaster preparedness, health response and hygiene needs in communities, schools and homes and to learn how to respond during emergencies. Networks of stakeholders will be built through the workshop.
(Indicator: Local citizens, Community leaders, Local NGO, Private sector workers)
The Workshop on Disaster Management and Emergency Health Response, organized by the Community Initiative Society (CIS), attracted an impressive and diverse group of participants from various backgrounds.A-PAD Bangladesh organized Workshop on Disaster Management and Emergency Response at Habiganj.
07-08 June 2023, Habganj, Total Participants 40 +5 Participants
a) Enhanced knowledge: Participants gained a deeper
understanding of disaster management principles,
b) Workshop for healthworkersfrom local organizationswillbeheld to understand emergency health and hygieneneeds and learn how to respond to emergencies.
The healthworkerswhofinishedthis trainings are supposed to becomemember of disastervolunteerrescue team in the activity.
strategies, and the importance of emergency health response in mitigating the impact of disasters.
b) Improved skills: Through the workshops and training sessions, participants developed practical skills and techniques in disaster preparedness, response coordination, and emergency healthcare provision.
c)Networking and collaboration: The workshop provided a platform for professionals and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to network, exchange ideas, and establish collaborative relationships. This networking will contribute to more effective disaster management efforts in the future.
d) Best practice sharing: Participants had the opportunity to share their experiences, challenges, and best practices in disaster management and emergency health response. This sharing of knowledge and lessons learned will facilitate the adoption of effective strategies and approaches in different contexts.
e) Strengthened community resilience: By focusing on preparedness and resilience, the workshop contributed to building a more resilient community capable of effectively responding to and recovering from disasters.
3-1 b) Training of Local Health Workers on Disaster Health Activities
Participants：25 pers/time x 8 divisions = 200 persons
A-PAD Bangladesh organized training workshop on Local Health Workers on Disaster Health Activities in Rangpur.
06-08 June 2023, Rangpur, Total Participants 25 + 5 Participants.
· Create connections between vulnerable populations and healthcare providers
· Help patients navigate healthcare and social service systems
· Manage care and care transitions for vulnerable populations
· Reduce social isolation among patients
· Determine eligibility and enroll individuals in health insurance plans
· Ensure cultural competence among healthcare providers serving vulnerable populations
· Educate healthcare providers and stakeholders about community health needs
· Provide culturally appropriate health education on topics related to chronic disease prevention, physical activity, and nutrition
· Advocate for underserved individuals or communities to receive services and resources to address health needs
· Collect data and relay information to stakeholders to inform programs and policies
· Provide informal counseling, health screenings, and referrals
· Build community capacity to address health issues
· Address social determinants of health
3-2 Strengthening disaster response capacities of local communities through disaster drilling training
3-2 a) Women Empowerment and Capacity Building Participants：20 persons X 8 Divisions X 2 Session = 320 participants
3-2 a)Building women empower and capacity building through improving their knowledge and skills on disaster risk reduction, in order to involve them in disaster planning and policy making.
A women’s group will be trained in the field of maternal and child health, hygiene and environment sanitation, nutrition.
(Indicator: A women’s group will be trained in the field of maternal and child health, hygiene and environment sanitation, nutrition.)
b) Drilling training session will be conduct to the local
To involve women in Disaster management and improve their capacity CIS arranged a 2 days training in Pabna, Bagerhat and Netrokona on Women Empowerment and Capacity Building. In this Training program Women from different background joined to increase their capacity to protect them in the time of emergency.
12-13 June 2023, Netrokona, Total Participants 20+2 Participants
13-14 June 2023, Pabna, Total Participants 20 + 5 Participants
19-20 June 2023, Bagerhat, Total Participants 20 + 4
stakeholders, youth group and homes and to learn how to respond the fire, flood, cyclone, landslide and earthquake disasters and rescue at the emergencies. To conduct this training session, we will prepare a training manual and a curriculum collaboration with the department of fire service and civil defense of GoB.
(Indicator: After the practical training session two disaster volunteer rescue team will be established in each divisional area.)
c) Drilling training session for the public junior high school students and teachers will conduct at the school based focusing self-protection during and after disaster.
Manual will be designed for the school children in cooperation with the department of fire service and civil defense of GoB
(Indicator: Participated schools will be supported to develop their emergency management plans.)
In order to widely share and disseminate the activities of this project and the experiences and lessons learned through the activities, situation reports and activity
A-PAD Bangladesh conducted women empowerment and capacity-building training at the Netrokona district where
22 women from the local community had joined the training. The training was conducted by the Fire Service and Civil Defense team. 1st day the session was conducted on the fire, flood and earthquake prevention. The session conducted by the briefing of showing the manuals of what to do during that disaster. 2nd day of the session was the practical session. Firstly there was alarm about the disaster signals then the participants came uniformly from venue to the field. There was several equipment for the fire prevention and the participants do it practically. After that basic health facilities and primary health support manuals did it practically. After the practical session there were feedback session.
1. Evacuation Drill: Conduct a simulated evacuation drill to demonstrate the proper procedures for evacuating a building or an area during a disaster. This can include identifying emergency exits, evacuation routes, assembly points, and practicing orderly and safe evacuation.
reports in the event of a disaster will be published on the A-PAD BGD website.
2. First Aid Demonstration: Provide a demonstration of basic first aid techniques that can be applied during emergencies. This can include demonstrations on how to assess injuries, perform CPR, control bleeding, and administer basic medical assistance until professional help arrives.
3. Fire Safety Drill: Conduct a fire safety drill to demonstrate the proper response to a fire emergency. This can include showcasing the use of fire extinguishers, evacuation techniques in smoke-filled environments, and the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique for individuals whose clothes catch fire.
4. Emergency Communication Drill: Demonstrate effective communication methods during emergencies, including the use of walkie-talkies, emergency radios, or mobile phones. Show
participants how to relay accurate and concise
information, establish communication networks, and coordinate response efforts.
5. Disaster Awareness:
a) Types of natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, cyclones, wildfires, etc.)
b) Understanding the potential risks and hazards associated with each type of disaster
c) Early warning signs and methods of detection
d) Importance of staying informed about disaster preparedness and response strategies
6. Emergency Response:
a) Evacuation procedures and safe routes during different types of disasters
b) First aid techniques and basic medical assistance in emergencies
c) Search and rescue operations
d) Communication methods during disasters and accessing assistance
7. Risk Reduction Strategies:
a) Importance of risk reduction and proactive behaviors in disaster management
b) Measures to minimize vulnerabilities in communities (building reinforcement, infrastructure improvements, etc.)
c) Sustainable practices for reducing the impact of disasters
d) Role of individuals and communities in reducing
3-2 b) Disaster Drilling for the Youth and Local Stakeholders Participants ： 45
persons x 8 divisions x 2 times = 720 persons
3-2 c) Disaster Drilling for Junior High Schools Participants ： 45
persons x 8 divisions x 2 times = 720 persons
A-PAD Bangladesh conducted Disaster Drilling for Junior High Schools at Habiganj and Patuakhali.
20-21 June 2023, Habiganj, Total Participants 45 + 3 Participants
22-23 June 2023, Patuakhali, Total Participants 45 + 5 Participants
Community Initiative Society (CIS) organized a two-day Disaster Drilling for Junior High Schools at Ideal High School in Habiganj on June 20 and 21, 2023. The event aimed to enhance the participation of junior school students in disaster management by providing training on disaster preparedness and response. Activities included training sessions, drill demonstrations and interactive sessions. The event successfully increased awareness among students about different types of disasters, developed practical skills in disaster response, and encouraged community engagement in disaster management efforts. Overall, the program contributed to building a more resilient and prepared society in Habiganj.
Patuakhali district one of the disaster-prone areas and often experienced by various natural calamities including cyclone, flash floods, fires, etc. These natural disaster effects on life and livelihood. Despite being a disaster-prone area, the people has lack of preparedness and awareness to deal with these disasters.In this relation, disaster Drilling program for Junior School students was held at Galachipa Upazila by support of CIS on 22,23 June 2023.In this training program CIS organized drilling sessions for the junior as a result they can act wisely in case of emergency and they can also educate their family members. Earlier the children use to depend on their parents if there is any issue.Now they are more confident. Achievements and Contributions: achievements:
a) Increased Awareness:
Junior high school students gained a better understanding of different types of disasters and the potential risks associated with them. The training sessions and interactive discussions effectively raised awareness among the participants, enabling them to recognize warning signs and take appropriate actions during emergencies.
b) Practical Skills Development:
The program provided students with practical skills in disaster response, including evacuation procedures, first aid techniques, and search and rescue operations. The
hands-on training and drill demonstrations allowed
students to apply their knowledge in simulated emergency
scenarios, fostering their confidence and preparedness.
c) Community Engagement:
By involving students, teachers, and local authorities, the
program successfully promoted community engagement in
disaster management efforts. The active participation of
the participants created a sense of collective responsibility
and encouraged community members to actively
contribute to disaster preparedness and response
d) Resilience Building:
Through the Disaster Drilling program, CIS aimed to
contribute to building a more resilient and prepared society
in Galachipa. By equipping students with knowledge and
skills, the event empowered them to mitigate the impact of
disasters and recover more effectively. The program
fostered a culture of risk reduction and proactive behaviors
among students, their families, and the wider community.
3-3 Update website
contents as E-resources for Disaster
Please write Challenges and its impact upon the project implementation. (Ex.lockdown, Political situation, Curfew)
- Practice in collaborationwithA-PAD Bangladesh Network Partners Please write good practice in collaboration with partner organizations
- Any contributionFunds Received and Grants Applied / Planned and Implemented Projects by CIS including Emergency Response Please write Projects name and its fund resources
- Relationship with Bangladesh Government and Japanese Embassy Please write about Meeting with Government officials