Mangaluru Doctor discusses Stakeholder Influence in Disaster Resilience in Dubai
Mangaluru-based Doctor, Dr Sanjay Kini, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, KS Hegde Medical Academy (KSHEMA), Nitte University presented a research project paper titled- “Stakeholder Influence in Disaster Resilience : a CHD- India Case Study”, based on the achievements of Centre for Health and Development which is a medical humanitarian organization working in Disaster Risk Reduction, Road Traffic Injuries and Primary Healthcare at the 11th International Emergency and Catastrophe Management exhibition and Conference (IECM), held at Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre, World Trade Centre, Dubai recently.
The objective of the IECM 2016 was to contribute towards the capacity building of the responders during an emergency situation. The deliberation focussed on issues faced during emergencies through new practices, methodologies, case studies which were discussed by experts from the field.IECM 2016 was a convergence point for local, regional and international professionals from Emergency services and First responders, Civil Defence Organisations, Disaster Planning and Managing Authorities, NGO’s, Health Sector, Government Agencies.
Dr Sanjay Kini, in his presentation, highlighted the fact that with rapidly proliferating climate change, changing imperatives through GIS and RS, disaster resilience is the word for the 21st century. Center for Health and Development (CHD) – India as an organization is trying to capacity build grass-root institutions towards disaster resilience through a public-private partnership and private-private partnership.The Study presented was based on the field experiences and the frontline engagement, CHD Team members have had with different stakeholders in the Government, with Academia and with the media.
The study results depicted that- Disaster resilience is a novel concept that is slowly percolating into Indian settings. Progress has been made with the Disaster Management Act 2005, but much more remains to be done with over 2 % of GDP being lost over natural and man-made disasters year after year in India. CHD was instrumental in advocating seat belt enforcement in Mangaluru City according to the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. CHD curated National Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction along with School of Social Work which had the district administration participating in stimulating a thought process for disaster resilience and preparedness among the young minds and other stakeholders. Change, after all, is a slow process, but if done in a phased manner has great returns. In conclusion, Dr Kini mentioned that Investing in young Indians will build a secure future and will create a more resilient India.