Media plays an integral role in disseminating disaster risk reduction initiatives. Its continuous efforts can bring about behavior changes and influence decisions of policymakers, legislators and communities in reducing and responding to disasters. Recognizing media as an important stakeholder, the Nepal Preparedness Partnership (NPP) network came together to strengthen capacities in informed reporting in disaster situations.
Preparing communities and important stakeholders in emergency response planning, coordination and management is one of the key themes on which Nepal Preparedness Partnership (NPP) organized a 3-day Training for province number 7 (Dhangadhi, Kailali) in Nepal. The Training on ‘Preparedness for Emergency Response’ was jointly conducted by NPP- the national chapter of Asian Preparedness Partnership with the Dhangadhi sub-metropolitan city, Government of Nepal and FAYA Nepal- A Nepali NGO from 1 to 3 May 2018.
One of the foremost activities implemented under the program was to undertake Baseline Assessment studies to map out the current status of the humanitarian ecosystem for managing disasters at the institutional, organizational and operational levels. The assessment studies have been carried out in all program countries to assess capacities, systems, and inter-agency coordination mechanisms of key stakeholders- Governments, International NGOs, local humanitarian organisations, academic institutions and civil society organizations working in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
The iPrepare business facility at ADPC and Nepal Preparedness Partnership (NPP) jointly organized a training of trainers (ToT) on Business Continuity Management in Lalitpur, Nepal from 14-16 March under the regional Asian Preparedness Partnership. The training was conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Nepal, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), Chaudhary Foundation and Center of Resilient Development (CoRD) with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
The Nepal Preparedness Partnership (NPP) in collaboration with Government of Nepal conducted an intensive five-day Training of Trainers (ToT) on Preparedness for Emergency Response from 26 – 30 March, 2018. ADPC organized and facilitated the ToT with the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Asian Preparedness Partnership initiative for strengthening response capacities of local actors in Asia supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Nepal Preparedness Partnership, the national chapter of Asian Preparedness Partnership, a flagship program of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, with support from BMGF, organized an orientation program on business continuity management for senior government officials and business leaders in Kathmandu on 13th March 2018. The program was hosted by Chaudhary Foundation, a philanthropic wing of the Chaudhary Group, a leading industrial conglomerate in Nepal. The program was attended by more than 40 officials including Joint Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs Mr.
A consultative Workshop to formally establish Nepal Preparedness Partnership (NPP), the national structure of the Asian Preparedness Partnership was organized in Sauraha, Chitwan from 23 to 25 December 2017. The workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and Asian Preparedness Partnership (APP) under the Strengthening Capacity of Government and Local Humanitarian Organizations program, being implemented by the ADPC with financial support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Nepal is among the most disaster prone countries in the world. The country is ranked 11th in earthquake vulnerability, and Kathmandu is said to be exposed to the greatest earthquake risk among 21 megacities around the world. It had devastating earthquakes in 1934 and 1988.The earthquake of 1934 measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale is estimated to have killed over 16,000 people in Nepal and India. It caused extensive damage in Nepal: Over 8,500 lives were lost; over 80,000 houses were completely damaged, and over 126,000 houses were severely damaged, majority of them were of Kathmandu valley.
The April 25 earthquake and its aftershocks specially of May 12, 2015 caused unprecedented destruction in Nepal with about 9,000 casualties, over 22,000 injuries along with complete destruction of more than half a million housing units and various level of damages to more than 250,000 buildings (PDNA, NPC 2015). The Government of Nepal has expressed its resolve to support the affected communities to reconstruct their houses with improved and affordable technologies for creating disaster resilient communities.