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A-PAD Bangladesh Activity ReportMonth of October 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)

  1. 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 increased in recent years due to climate change. The climatic events have serious consequences on broad agricultural sectors, food security, water, health, and sanitation and leave serious impacts on the 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 the project in January 2023 and presently continues it on 17 January 2023 to build up capacity for disaster management. It communicates with the different sectors like the local community, community leaders, stakeholders, and GOVT. officials continuing training on disaster management. To hold a training program A-PAD Bangladesh staff organized small community meetings to share ideas on disasters 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 6,677 persons were benefited from A-PAD Bangladesh on October 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

reduction measures.



Indicators to Measure Results:

Project Status:

Achievements vs Outcome:

If the activity is behind 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 of 4,054 people visited the Disaster Management Coordination Center to discuss disaster preparedness and health-related issues.

Dhaka: 535 Persons Cox’s Bazar: 480 Persons Pabna: 500 Persons

Bagerhat: 462 Persons

Patuakhali: 510 Persons

Habiganj: 582 Persons

Rangpur: 525 Persons

Netrokona: 460 Persons Total = 4,054 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 393 persons participated. Total 3 times training was organized at each divisional area.

Dhaka:15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+5=50 Participants

Cox’s Bazar: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions=45+3=48 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)

Pabna: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+4=49 Participants

Bagerhat: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+6=51 Participants

Patuakhali: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+3= 48 Participants

Habiganj: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+2= 47 Participants

Rangpur: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+5=50 Participants

Netrokona: 15 Participants x 3 Sessions= 45+5=50 Participants

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 fever patients has average in number. In October 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 people

【Indicators of Outcome】

2-1  Strategies, mechanism and action plan meeting among networking partners and local communities 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

A-PAD Bangladesh organized Network Partner Meeting at Pabna. Total 516 [articipants had joined.

05 October 2023, Hamchiapur , Total Participants 100+3

12 October 2023, Mahmudpur, Total Participants 100+5

19 October 2023, Kamergau , Total Participants 100+3

23 October 2023, Char Bangabaria , Total Participants 100+2

26 October 2023, Gobindopur , Total Participants 100+3

A disaster is an unexpected event that puts collections at risk. No institution can be excluded from or is immune to the

possibility. Disaster planning is a matter of basic security for


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.

(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

libraries and archives, their staff, and their collections. It is considered to be an essential part of any preservation program to be implemented by any kind of library or archives. A formal written plan enables an institution to respond efficiently and quickly to an emergency and to minimize damage to the building and its contents. Strategic planning is very important in disaster management. Poor strategic policies can dissipate any potential benefits of significant preparation and pre/post- event efforts. In this strategic planning meeting, 4 plans have been taken.

1.     Prevention

2.     Preparedness

3.     Response

4.     Recovery

Most directly, increases in ambient temperature are associated with a faster rate of viral replication within the vector and with a shorter extrinsic incubation period. So it is possible that with increasing temperature we will face heat wave, less rainfall, virus infection so we need to take care of the nature. We need to adopt strategies which will help be benefited for society and will help to restore environmental damages.

2-2 Disaster Preparedness


A-PAD Bangladesh conducted Disaster preparedness campaign

at the 8 divisional areas where 100 people has participated in


Participants:100 people x 2 times x 8 divisions = 1,600 people

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.)

disaster preparedness campaign.

13 October 2023, Dhaka, Total Participants 100

13 October 2023, Cox’s Bazar, Total Participants 100

13 October 2023, Pabna, Total Participants 100

13 October 2023, Bagerhat, Total Participants 100

13 October 2023, Patuakhali, Total Participants 100

13 October 2023, Habiganj, Total Participants 100

13 October 2023, Rangpur, Total Participants 100

13 October 2023, Netrokona, Total Participants 100

Rally was organized from the selected points in each areas where various organization attend. After the rally it was organized the seminar and next action plan for the disaster


2.3 Network Partners Capacity Strengthening (DRR)

Participants:30 people x 2 org x 8 divisions x 2 times

=960 people


2-4 Seminar for Developing New Disaster Prevention Solutions Participants:40persons x 8 divisions x 2times

=640 participants

A-PAD Bangladesh organized Seminar 1 divisional areas Patuakhali.


17-18 October 2023, Galachipa, Total Participants 40+5

The Disaster Prevention Solutions Seminar in Galachipa focused on addressing the specific challenges faced by the



region. The seminar covered topics such as early warning systems, community-based disaster preparedness, and infrastructure development. Through this seminar, the participants can explore new approaches and technologies to improve disaster prevention and management, develop networks and collaborations, and identify potential areas for further research and development. Ultimately, the seminar aims to contribute to building a safer and more resilient society, better equipped to face the challenges posed by disasters. In this Seminar Govt. official shared their plan on Disaster Management and said that people now are more practical regarding disaster Management. During disasters, people try to keep them safe and also try to prepare for future events which can cause loss of human life. Building resilience and disaster preparedness play an important role Disasters will occur we can’t stop them but if we prepare ourselves for them we can

easily cope with the situation and the loss will be less. Govt.

2-5 International Symposium on DRR


Participants:200 persons


3.     Strengthening disaster resilience of local communities


(Outcome 3)

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)


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.

A-PAD Bangladesh organized workshop in Bagerhat where 43 persons has been joined.


10-11 October 2023, Bagerhat, Total Participants 40+3


Though cyclone affects almost every part of the coastal Bangladesh, but intensity and frequency of cyclone is dangerous in Sharankhola. In the workshop various sessions focused on different aspects on disaster management The Workshop on Disaster Management and Emergency Health Response includes discussions on various topics related to preparedness, response, and recovery in the face of disasters. The main key topics covered in the workshop are:

·        Introduction to Disaster Management:

o   Definition of disasters and their impact on communities

o   Importance of disaster management and emergency preparedness

o   Overview of the disaster management cycle (mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery)

·        Risk Assessment and Early Warning Systems:

o   Methods for conducting risk assessments and vulnerability analyses

o   Importance  of                    early         warning  systems  in disaster management

o   Use of Technology and Data in early warning systems

·        Emergency Planning and Coordination:



o   Developing emergency response plans and standard operating procedures

o   Roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in emergency response

o   Coordination mechanisms among various agencies and organizations

·        Medical Care and Emergency Health Response:

o   Triage and prioritization of patients in disaster situations

o   First aid and basic life support techniques

o   Management of injuries, infections, and common medical conditions during emergencies

3-1 b) Training of Local Health Workers on Disaster Health Activities


Participants:25 pers/time x 8 divisions = 200 persons


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 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

A-PAD Bangladesh organized Women Empowerment Capacity Building Training in 2 divisional areas.



03-04 October 2023, Rangpur, Total Participants 20+5

29-30 October 2023, Cox’s Bazar, Total Participants 20+6



Women can help identify disaster risks for themselves and for girls that may not be understood by male planners. They can also help build security for their families, including increased income or awareness of personal preparedness and health. Including women in recovery helps reduce stereotypes and discrimination about women’s roles. After the earthquake in Ecuador in 2016, the UN Volunteers coordinated programs to increase women’s involvement in running of camps; traditionally these are male-dominated spaces. This helped reduce violence and gave women more control over their space. They also helped by designing “small projects aimed at changing traditional gender roles and improving women’s participation, which led to women engaging in non-traditional activities such as cash-for-work initiatives and the removal of debris.” Women also got involved in the construction industry. CIS arranged a 2-day training workshop for women on women empowerment and capacity building. Women, Children and the

elderly are the most affected during every disaster, so they


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 reports in the event of a disaster will be published on the A-PAD BGD website.

need proper training. CIS provides training on disaster and basic health knowledge for women.

CIS Conducted a 2 days training program in Cox’s Bazar on Women Empowerment and Capacity Building. This program aims to equip women with practical skills and knowledge that help them lead gender-inclusive and community-based disaster risk reduction management. In Cox’s Bazar Flood occurs very often and Drowning is the leading cause of death in children in Bangladesh and claims the lives of approximately 50 children per day. Insufficient parental supervision, mother’s illiteracy, lack of swimming ability, male gender, children under 5 years, geographical and environmental conditions, seasonality, and disasters significantly contribute to child drowning deaths in Bangladesh. To prevent child drowning deaths and make the mothers and women’s capable to save their children CIS Conducted a drilling session on how to save people who are about to drown. CIS also gave training on basic instruction which is needed to follow during flood and earthquake. As we know Knowledgeable women can play key roles in achieving a developed and resilient community. Preventing women from having access to education and reducing their social interaction can exacerbate their poverty and make them more susceptible to future disasters.

3-2 b) Disaster Drilling for

the  Youth  and  Local

A-PAD Bangladesh organized Disaster Drilling for the youth and

local stakeholder in 3 divisional areas Habiganj, Cox’s Bazar and

Stakeholders Participants                      :            45

persons x 8 divisions x 2 times = 720 persons


Dhaka. Total 147 participants joined the drilling programs. 11-12 October 2023, Habiganj, Total Participants 45+3

16-17 October 2023, Cox’s Bazar, Total Participants 45+3

25-26 October 2023, Dhaka, Total participants 45+6


During the Disaster Drilling Program for Youth and Stakeholders, a variety of drilling demonstrations and exercises are conducted to impart practical skills and knowledge related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. These drills help participants become better equipped to handle real-life disaster scenarios. Here are the typical drilling demonstrations that take place in the program:

1.     Fire Safety Drill:


·        Participants learn how to use fire extinguishers and evacuate a building in the event of a fire. They practice “Stop, Drop, and Roll” and proper fire evacuation procedures.

2.     Earthquake Drill:


·        Demonstrations on how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during an earthquake, as well as how to safely evacuate buildings after the shaking stops.



3.     First Aid and Medical Response Drill:


·        Participants learn basic first aid techniques, including wound dressing, CPR. They practice treating common injuries like cuts, burns, and fractures.

4.     Search and Rescue Simulation:


·        Training in how to conduct search and rescue operations, including locating and assisting injured or trapped individuals, using basic search and rescue equipment.

5.     Shelter Setup and Management:


·        Setting up emergency shelters and managing resources within a shelter, including organizing sleeping arrangements, food distribution, and sanitation facilities.

6.     Emergency Communication Drill:


·        Practice using various communication tools during disasters, such as two-way radios, cell phones, and emergency alert systems, to establish and maintain contact with emergency services and loved ones.



7.     Evacuation Drill:


·        Conducting evacuation drills from homes, schools, or community centers, following designated evacuation routes and assembly points.

8.     Community Coordination Exercise:


·        Participants work together to organize community response efforts, coordinate resources, and allocate responsibilities among community members.

9.     Flood Preparedness Drill:


·        Demonstrations on how to construct sandbags for flood protection and prepare for potential flooding, including evacuation plans and managing floodwaters.

10.  Psychological First Aid:


·        Training in providing emotional and psychological support to individuals affected by disasters, including stress management and trauma response.



11.  Animal and Pet Safety:


·        Participants learn how to prepare and protect pets and livestock during disasters, including sheltering, evacuation, and essential supplies for animals.

12.  Power Outage and Utility Shutdown Preparedness:


·        Training on managing power outages, using backup generators, and ensuring the safety of gas and electrical systems.

13.  Hazardous Materials and Chemical Spill Response:


·        Learning how to respond to hazardous material incidents safely, including containment, isolation, and decontamination procedures.

3-2 c) Disaster Drilling for Junior High Schools Participants                     :           45

persons x 8 divisions x 2 times = 720 persons

03 days drilling programs for the Junior high school where 48 participants joined.

18-19 October 2023, Bagerhat, Total participants 45+3


The program started with registration by the school students. It addressed the gathering and spoke on the importance of disaster drilling. It was highlighted that the skills learnt in the

program will help the students to use them in their daily lives



to save the lives of others in emergencies. First-day sessions

included Fire, Earthquake, Rescue management, lifting activity,

and live experience of handling disaster victims. On the second

day,   the   sessions were   held   on         bandages,       fracture

management and Demonstration Practical. In the end, students

were divided into groups, one group acted as victims, and one

group as rescue team. Student feedback was collected and

students expressed their gratitude towards the resource

person and organizers for arranging live sessions and making

the event fruitful. The drill was carried out systematically, with

the ringing of the fire alarm and announcement by the

respective Vice Principal, Headmistress and Supervisor. The

students were evacuated to their designated open assembly

point as per the colour-coded evacuation plan. After the

exercise, they went back to their classes and were again briefed

about the route they needed to follow in case of such an

emergency.In the training Program the teachers and facilator

from Bangladesh Fire service shared their opinion that

involving juniors in disaster activities need to increase as if we

educate our children on DRR our next generation will be

capable enough to build a safer world.

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  1. Challenges

Please write Challenges and its impact upon the project implementation. (Ex.lockdown, Political situation, Curfew)


  1. Practice in collaborationwithA-PAD Bangladesh Network Partners Please write good practice in collaboration with partner organizations


  1. Any contributionFunds Received and Grants Applied / Planned and Implemented Projects by CIS including Emergency Response Please write Projects name and its fund resources


  1. Relationship with Bangladesh Government and Japanese Embassy Please write about Meeting with Government officials