Archived News: 2021

19 December 2021- Decoding the Myths of Recycling by ADN’s Junior Champion, Arkoneil Ghosh

ADN’s 12-year-old Junior Champion, Arkoneil Ghosh, has developed a magazine on recycling titled, “Decoding the Myths of Recycling”. Arkoneil is an avid coder and believes that together we can transform the world into a better place to live in.

For more information, please click here.

 15th December 2021- ADN Gains Membership with the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crisis (IAWG)

On 15th December 2021, ADN gained membership of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crisis (IAWG).  IAWG is an international coalition of organisations and individuals working collectively to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in humanitarian settings. Its mission is to strengthen and expand access to quality sexual and reproductive health services for people affected by crises.

ADN will contribute to IAWG through its participation in various technical and thematic sub-working groups including the Emergency Preparedness and Resilience, Sexual and reproductive health supplies, and Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP).

 The IAWG Secretariat is based at the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York. For more information, please click here.

 1 December 2021 – Avoidable Deaths Network On Air of Two Prominent Radios of Barbados


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Shayla Murrell – Interviewer

Information Officer, Barbados Government Information Service


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Daniel Mendez

Avoidable Deaths Network Regional Coordinator – Caribbean


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Krishna Clarke

Avoidable Deaths Network Regional Coordinator – Caribbean


The Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) was introduced in an interview with Ms. Shayla Murrell, the Information Officer at the Barbados Government Information Service and two of our Caribbean Regional Coordinators, Mr. Daniel Mendez and Mr. Krishna Clarke. A separate interview was also conducted with the Chief Fire Officer of the Barbados Fire service and President of the Caribbean Association of Fire Chiefs, Mr. Errol Maynard.  The combined interviews were aired on two prominent radio stations in Barbados, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Voice of Barbados (VOB) on December 1, 2021.


1 December 2021- Launching of a new research project on drowning risk in Bangladesh and Tanzania 

On 1 December 2021, Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett attended the inception meeting for the research project titled ‘Understanding the impact of climate change on drowning risk in Bangladesh and Tanzania’. The inception meeting was organised by the funder, Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) in London. The objectives of this 3-month project are:  

  • Review the literature that identifies and discusses the weather-related impacts of climate change in Bangladesh and Tanzania in the 21stcentury, including climate-related migration 
  • Determine the most likely implications for shifts in drowning risk in Bangladesh and Tanzania because of climate change in the 21stcentury 
  • Categorise these risks based on the likelihood of their occurrence, and the geographies and demographics that may be most affected by them 
  • Apply these findings to the RNLI’s International programmes in Bangladesh and Tanzania to estimate the likely impact on the feasibility and effectiveness of existing interventions to continue to prevent drowning.  

This is a collaborative research project between the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) Water Security Research Centre, Climate UEA, and ADN. The project is led by Professor Roger Few (UEA) from Climate UEA. 

According to WHO’s Factsheet, drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. Although the global burden and death from drowning is found in all economies and regions, low-and middle-income countries account for over 90% of unintentional drowning deaths. 

Drowning deaths are avoidable deaths.  Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett is thrilled to work with the UEA on a noble cause of reducing avoidable drowning deaths during disasters and in everyday life in Bangladesh and Tanzania.  

28 November 2021- ADN organizes a Master Class on Note keeping and organization as a part of its Volunteer Mentorship and Development Programme

On 23rd November, 2021, ahead of the ADN Symposium on ‘Integrating Disaster Risk management with Emergency Services and Defence to Reduce Avoidable Disaster Deaths’, Mr. Steve Glovinsky, specialist in organizational development and change and former UNDP representative was cordially invited to conduct a masterclass for the ADN volunteers and coordinators who will be publishing the proceedings of the Symposium.

The masterclass focussed on various elements of note-taking for professionals and practitioners, and the organisation skills required for succinct and effective documentation and report writing.

The masterclass was attended by the ADN’s six volunteers and coordinators including Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett. The volunteers and coordinators who attended are: Ms Nimisha Goswami, Ms Rwittambhara Kashyap and Mr Biswajit Paul from India, Ms Lauren Macleod from Scotland, Mr Julian Coetzee from UAE and Mr. Abdullahi O. Umar from Nigeria.

The ADN Team thanks Mr Steve Glovinsky for delivering an excellent and ‘eye opening’ masterclass

28 November 2021- ADN at the webinar on “Climate Change and Pandemic Challenges in the Middle East” hosted by HEUREKA – Civil Protection Knowledge Platform

On 23rd November, 2021, Dr. Nibedita Ray Bennett, ADN-Founder and President participated as a speaker at the 2nd webinar on “Climate Change and Pandemic Challenges in the Middle East” hosted by HEUREKA – Civil Protection Knowledge Platform.

HEUREKA aims to promote the transfer of knowledge between the actors of disaster protection and disaster management and the humanitarian aid organizations in order to improve coordination, cooperation, compatibility and complementarity between the experts and the neighboring countries in the Middle East.

During the session, Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett, presented the preliminary findings of the ongoing research project on ‘Avoidable Deaths from the Impact of COVID-19 and Economic Lockdown in India’, and highlighted that avoidable deaths can be reduced through amenable and preventable measures and effective governance.

 24 November 2021- ADN at European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) 2021

On the 24th November, Avoidable Deaths Network’s (ADN) Information Coordinator, Ms. Lauren Macleod attended the EFDRR session entitled ‘All-of-society engagement accelerating the implementation of the Sendai Framework’. 

Yuki Matsuoka, Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) in Japan, introduced the UNDRR’s Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments (SFVC) online platform.

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Led by moderator, Erick Ariel Gonzales Rocha of the UNDRR, panellists Roisin Jordan, Luis Carcalho and Idan Sasson shared their experiences with the SFVC, exemplifying their international alliances created with stakeholders.

As an advocate for the Sendai Framework, ADN welcome the SFVC platform as a useful resource for networking and collaboration. 

22 November 2021- ADN at Integrated Disaster Risk Management Society (IDRiM) 2021

On 28th October 2021, Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) India Hub advisor, Ms Nimisha Goswami attended a session on Gender equality, diversity and inclusion support resilience hosted by Integrated Disaster Risk Management Society (IDRiM) in collaboration with IDRiM Women in Disaster Risk Science and Practice Committee, University of Twente and ITC. The session highlighted the critical role of gender equality, diversity and inclusion in disaster risk science and practice, which is directly connected to the UN’ SDG 5: Gender equality and women’s empowerment. The panel discussion attended by representatives from Kyoto University , European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, University of Twente, Cardiff University etc. focused on key challenges, strengths, roles and responsibilities of women in the disaster risk domain and the need to develop a trans-disciplinary network of gender-aware scientists, practitioners and gender equity advocates in the disaster risk domain.

Through the participation, ADN strongly calls for gender equality and women’s empowerment during disasters and humanitarian crises, in line with the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals.

 13 November 2021- ADN Team Meets CIPRB Team

On 11 November 2021, Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett and Ms Nimisha Goswami met with Professor AKM Fazlur Rahman, Dr Aminur Rahman, and Professor Abdul Halim from The Centre for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh (CIPRB) in order to explore research, enterprise and engagement collaboration with the Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN). The meeting was also joined by ADN’s Bangladesh in-country technical partner Dr Fariha Haseen from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). CIPRB is one of the world’s leading injury prevention organisations based in Bangladesh. Through pioneering research and innovation, CIPRB saves lives by delivering quality programmes designed to combat injury-based fatalities and morbidities, including drownings, burns, maternal health issues and road traffic injuries.

12 November 2021- ADN Gains Membership with the Asia-Pacific Gender in Humanitarian Action

On 10 November 2021, ADN gained a membership of the Asia-Pacific Gender in Humanitarian Action (GiHA) working group (WG). The GiHA is the main coordination platform for advocacy, knowledge management, and technical support on gender in humanitarian action in the Asia-Pacific region. The GiHA WG is co-Chaired jointly by UN Women and UNHCR.

10 November 2021- Avoidable Deaths Network at COP26 UK

The ADN India Hub host and Regional Coordinator Mr Dillip Pattanaik and Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (ADN’s President) presented at the COP26 side event entitled ‘STEM for All and the Climate Crisis.’ The event took place on 7 November 2021 at 11.0 am GMT. Dr Ray-Bennett presented the role that youths, especially the ADN’s Junior Champions and Future leaders are playing in reducing the impact of the climate crisis and avoidable disaster deaths through the ‘COVID-19 Helpline Services Project’ and ‘Eastern Belt Project’ in India and ‘Tsunami DRR Project in Hama Elementary School’ in Osaka. Dr Ray-Bennett’s presentation can be viewed via this link: STEM for all and the climate crisis | #COP26 – YouTube 

7 November 2021Welcoming New Team Member

We heartily welcome Ms Nimisha Goswami to the ADN team as the ADN Hub India Advisor.

Ms Nimisha has twelve years of experience in public health, primarily in HIV, gender and sexual health, and humanitarian response. She brings extensive knowledge and experience in managing and advising programs in development and humanitarian settings (natural and conflict). Previously, she was associated with the International Planned Parenthood Federation South Asia Regional Office as the Senior Technical Advisor Humanitarian Response. She has also been an independent consultant for UNDP, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT), MART, IHAT, etc. We are pleased that she is part of the ADN team.

 25 October 2021- Fire Safety Event

The ADN’s President Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett attended the ‘Fire Safety Event’ on 25 October 2021. 15 global participants attended this event. The aim of this event was to ‘create a new influence that would represent the citizen’ voice in fire safety and in doing so, move the focus for intervention further upstream’.  Further updates following this Fire Safety Event will be provided by Dr. Ray-Bennett.  

10 December 2021- One day ADN Symposium
We are pleased to announce the date of our upcoming symposium titled ‘Integrating Disaster Risk Management with Emergency Services and Defence to Reduce Avoidable Disaster Deaths’ on 10 December 2021.
This day-long virtual Symposium is organised by Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) in collaboration with DMAT, Shared Aim, Prepared International, Right Insight, CDB, UNDP-Kenya, RSS – amongst others. For more information, please click here.

23 July 2021 – University of Leicester Student Leading ‘The First Million’ COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in India

We are pleased to share the news that Ms Nimisha Goswami, a student at the University of Leicester‘s School of Business, is leading ‘The First Million Vaccine Programme’ of the American India Foundation (AIF). This Programme will vaccinate one million marginalised people in India. Nimisha is currently reading her MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management (RCDM) at the School of Business funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Scholarship’s Commission’s ‘Scholarship for Distance Learning’. The MSc RCDM is a flexible learning programme designed for mature students.
According to Nimisha: “It is an absolute honour to lead the AIF’s First Million Vaccine Programme especially for the most vulnerable sections of the society. As a Commonwealth Scholar at the School of Business, I feel proud to be able to contribute to the society for change in a meaningful way. Most importantly, theories and practices learnt from the MSc RCDM modules, I am applying in this Programme. I am sure all the students and my peers can relate to this.”
Funding for eight ‘Scholarships for Distance Learning for the MSc RCDM was raised by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett, the President of the Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) in 2020.
Avoidable Deaths Network wishes Nimisha all the very best for her hard and noble work.  #MakingaDifference #CitizensofChange

7 July 2021 – Parliamentary Event for Commonwealth Scholars 

We are pleased to share the news that Rachael Nantume has been selected to attend the annual ‘Parliamentary Event for Commonwealth Scholars’.  Rachel Nantume from Uganda is a CSC-funded scholar for the MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management at the University of Leicester’s School of Business.  

The Parliamentary event is organised by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) and the Council for Education in the Commonwealth’s CSFP Support Group. The event offers scholars a rare opportunity to hear from British Members of Parliament and Peers in an informal setting, and gain an insight into the workings of the House of Commons and House of Lords in the UK. 

Many congratulations Rachael. 

The event will take place on 7 July 2021. To learn more about this event please click this weblink: 

@commschols #citizensofchange #ourstochange @AvoidableN 

30 June 2021 – Introducing Reproductive Health Kits for Disasters and Crises

We are pleased to announce the latest policy brief ‘Introducing Reproductive Health Kits’, and the leaflet on ‘Frequently Asked Questions on Emergency and Reproductive Health Kits’ produced by the research team for the IPPF-funded project titled ‘Upscaling RHCC by Developing a Protocol for Low-Budget Reproductive Health Kit’. This project was concluded on 31 March 2021. 

The research project was led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (UoL)) in collaboration with Dr Fariha Haseen (Banga Bandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University), Maqbul Bhuiyan (Data Management Aid), Ms Nimisha Goswami (IPPF-SAR), Ms Denise Corsel (UoL), and the Government of Bangladesh’s Directorate General of Family Planning. The policy brief and the leaflet can be accessed through this web link: 

26 June 2021 – ADN’s Founding President Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett will deliver a Keynote address at a National Workshop

We are pleased to announce that Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett will be providing a keynote address at the “National Workshop on Methods and Approaches for Health Research in Social Sciences” organised by ICMR-NIRTH, Jabalpur School of Social Sciences and Humanities, VIT-AP University, and Department of Geography, SES and Central University Karnataka.  

Dr Ray-Bennett’s keynote address will focus on the “Importance of Mixed Method Approach in Health Research”. 

The event will take place on the 26th of June 2021 at 12.30 pm Indian Standard Time (IST). If you would like to register for this event, please go to this link

12 June 2021 – ADN’s Founding President will be on Sakura FM Radio Station

We are very pleased to announce that the ADN’s Founding President Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita has been invited by the City of Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture to give a talk on disaster education. This lecture is part of the City of Nishinomiya’s Lifelong Learning Programme, and will be aired live on Sakura FM Radio Station on 12 June 2021. Please do not forget to tune in.  

20 May 2021 – ADN partnership with PMNCH

Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) is proud to announce new membership of PMNCH (Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health), reinforcing our commitment to working in partnership to build a more equitable world and ensure the best possible future ‘every woman, Children and adolescent’.

19 May 2021 – ADN at the upcoming International Disaster Management Exhibition in London

Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett, Founder and President of the Avoidable Deaths Network has been invited to speak at the International Disaster Management Exhibition Thematic Theatre organised by the World Humanitarian Forum. Dr. Ray-Bennett’s talk will focus on the Session ‘NGO Access to Disaster Zones: The Importance of Collaboration and Enhancing Cooperation Between Agencies and Government in the Field’ on 19 May 2021. 

28 January 2021 – Meeting on ‘COVID 19: Delivering Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) in Crises Settings’

ADN’s President Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett will be moderating the IPPF-SAR’s town hall meeting on ‘COVID 19: Delivering Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) in Crises Settings’, organised by the Independent Panel Exchange. This meeting will take place on 28 January 2021 at 11.00 CET. 

The Independent Panel Exchange was established by the WHO’s Director-General to “initiate an independent, impartial and comprehensive evaluation of the international health response” for the COVID-19 pandemic. Its mission is to provide an evidence-based path for the future, grounded in lessons of the present and the past, to ensure countries and global institutions, including specifically WHO, effectively address health threats.  

To watch the recorded event, please click here.