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A Practical training on Disaster Risk Reduction

Written By NAFSO on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 11:18:00 AM





A training program was organized by NAFSO for the youth members of the organization on Disaster Risk Reduction from the 22nd - 24th of August at The kings Bay hotel, Negombo. The purpose of the program was to provide a practical exposure to the youth members. Sri Lanka Red Cross Society was given the responsibility to conduct the program. 
Objectives of the Workshop.
1.     To provide a practical training for youth members on Disaster Risk reduction.
2. To encourage youth members to develop Disaster Risk Reduction Management committees at village level.
3.      To develop a long term plan to mitigate disasters at community level.
On the first day Mr. Laksiri Fernando, Youth Coordinator, NAFSO presented the objectives of the workshop, he highlighted that NAFSO is providing practical training for youth members to get a practical knowledge on disaster mitigation and to encourage youth members to develop disaster mitigation plans at village level.
A resource person from Red Cross then conducted a session on “Identifying the expectations of the participants and to provided them the basic principle of the Disaster Mitigation”
On the 2nd day, the director of the Gampaha Red Cross branch facilitated the session. The theme of the session was the ‘Role of the volunteers in disaster mitigation’ He explained the role of the volunteers is crucial in a disaster situation as the government assistance cannot reach the disaster situation as and when they occur. He further explained various stagers of the disasters using the disaster mitigation circle how volunteers could intervene to each and every step and provide their services.  The 2nd session of the 2nd day was ‘Water safety’. It was a practical training at the hotel pool, and the Red Cross instructors demonstrated how the volunteers could save lives in a flood situation.
The 3rd session of the 2nd day was how to provide first aid in an emergency situation. A Red Cross resource person conducted this session with theory and with some practical demonstrations. The 4th Session of the 2nd day was a session on Non communicable diseases (NCD). A medical doctor from the Negombo hospital conducted this session. He explained various types of NCD and allowed the participants to ask questions, which he responded later.
On the 3rd day the first session was on ‘Camp Management in a disaster situation.’ A Red Cross resource person conducted this session using group work with the participating youth members. A brief discussion on program planning in disaster mitigation at village level was then conducted by Laksiri for future activity implementation at village level. Members of the youth shared their views in the brief evaluation, that program was useful as they had the opportunity to participate in practical demonstrations, The program was concluded after  lunch. 


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