Welcome to the ADN

The Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) is a diverse, dynamic, inclusive and innovative global membership network dedicated to avoiding human deaths from natural hazards, naturally triggered technological hazards and human-made disasters in low- and middle-income countries.

The ADN’s mission is: to provide a dynamic forum for experts, practitioners, researchers and organisational partners to identify and promote theoretical and practical solutions to reducing avoidable deaths.

The ADN’s purpose is: to help policy makers, practitioners, researchers make better decisions to save lives and injuries for sustainable development.

The ADN is led by the Universities of Leicester and Kansai. 

The ADN was founded by Dr. Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett (Associate Professor in Risk Management, University of Leicester) and Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita (Associate Professor in Disaster Education, Kansai University) in 2018, and officially launched at the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) in Kyoto on the 12th of March 2019.

The ADN is inspired by Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett’s research monograph on Avoidable Deaths: A Soft-Systems Approach to Disaster Risk Management (Springer Nature, 2017).

Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett and Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita met at Northumbria University’s Disaster and Development Centre (DDC) in 2007. Since then, they have collaborated in a number of research projects.

Latest Announcements

ADN’s Upcoming Events:

30 September 2022– Special Session on International Snakebite Awareness Day

The ADN India Hub is holding a Special Session in Bhubaneswar in Odisha, India, facilitated by the Orissa State Volunteers Social Worker’s Association (OSVSWA). The Special Session will be delivered in a hybrid format with the option to attend via Zoom or in person in Bhubaneswar.

The Special Session will focus on the burden of snakebites, prevention measures to avoid snakebite deaths, and the future of snakes and avoidable snakebite deaths in the context of climate change and climate-related natural hazards in India. For more information and to register please click here.


ADN’s Members from Around the World

ADN's Members from Around the World

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