Shelter Solution to address disaster risk 

A workshop on Shelter Solution has exchanged views, expertise and experiences among the stakeholders to find out appropriate technologies and cost effective solutions to construct households, and install water and sanitation system in a disaster resilient and sustainable manner in country’s disaster prone areas.

It also emphasized on the collective efforts to step forward the technical suitability and quality of the shelter responses to the natural calamities.

In addition, review findings based on field visit to some disaster prone areas of Bangladesh and current p practices was also shared at the workshop.

IMG_9455Department of Disaster Management, Shelter Research Unit of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) and Friendship with the support from Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Action Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Friendship-Luxembourg jointly organized the four-day workshop at the Friendship Center in Gaibandha that began on November 21.

A total of 30 participants including officials from Department of Disaster Management, Department of Public Health Engineering, Cyclone Preparedness Programme, and representative from NGOs, UN Bodies/International Participants and Private organizations took part at the workshop.

Dilder Ahmed, Acting Director General of ECRRP-D1 of the Department of Disaster Management spoke on the workshop as chief guest while Engr Abu Sadeque, Director of House Building Research Institute (HBRI) as special guest.

Besides, National Director of Habitat for Humanity John A Armstrong, Deputy Commissioner of Gaibandha M Ehsan-E-Elahi, Friendship executive director Runa Khan, IFRC Coordinator Cecilia Braedt and Shohrab Hossain, Deputy Director-Planning, Department of Disaster Management also spoke with Dr Atiqur Rahman, Joint Secretary Disaster Management and Relief Ministry in the chair.

At the welcome address, Runa Khan said the workshop focuses on the technical aspects of sheltering, including water and sanitation.

She hoped through this NGO-Government joint initiative, findings of the workshop will be institutionalized in future.

Cecilia Braedt said the goal of humanitarian shelter solutions provided in the aftermath of a disaster, are to be life-saving but also to set the path for sustainable reconstruction.

“This workshop will give us and the participants the platform to pool our relevant knowledge in housing in disaster prone areas and hopefully provide appropriate guidelines to provide sustainable reconstruction for Bangladeshi communities affected by natural disasters,” she added.