This tool by WHO, UNICEF and IFRC is designed to support risk communication, community engagement staff and responders working with national health authorities, and other partners to develop, implement and monitor an effective action plan for communicating effectively with the public, engaging with communities, local partners and other stakeholders to help prepare and protect individuals, families and the public’s health during the early response to COVID-19.
Author: Yue Cao
Our experience of implementing a first-of-its-kind earthquake resilience scenario in China shows that the arts can turn scientific evidence and practical knowledge into compelling messages that connect with people, change attitudes and inspire action to reduce the risk of disasters.
Siloed, top-down approaches are a common problem in disaster risk reduction (DRR) governance in many countries. In China’s case, this has resulted in a DRR system that is effective in responding to disasters and supporting recovery, but weaker at mitigating their risks.
Click here to read the full article.
This guide by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction aims to ensure worldwide access to expertise, communities of practice and networks of disaster risk reduction practitioners. The guide offers specific advice on implementing a feasible, people-centered approach to supporting and engaging children in disaster risk reduction and resilience-building. It provides high-level knowledge on the topic, as well as links to multiple sources that can provide more in-depth information.
Click here to read more.
Research carried out in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on cross-scalar risk communication and disaster risk governance reveals that, while there is considerable potential for communities to measure and communicate risk and to prioritise actions, there is little scope for them to influence disaster risk governance at this point in time. This is partly because, although disaster risk management (DRM) is devolved in Tanzania, it has not gone far enough to give adequate powers and financing to the lowest level of government at the sub-wards, which are at the frontline of managing the biggest everyday risks that people face. The effective communication of risks upwards from communities to governments, and of DRM policies and opportunities downwards to communities and across sectors is crucial to overcome these gaps. When communication is participatory and collaborative, there is scope for local city actors to reflect on the need for action to be joined across governance scales and to ensure communication plays a key role at and between all levels.
Click here for full briefing.
Risk communication and community engagement are essential for any disease outbreak response. This is particularly critical during outbreaks of Ebola which may create fear in the public and frontline responders alike due to the severe presentation of symptoms, misunderstanding of the causes of illness and high fatality rates.
This document outlines some of the key considerations for risk communication and community engagement response to Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Click here for full document.