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3 February 2024: PreventionWeb Announces IAD4AD India 2024

We are pleased that the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) PreventionWeb platform has announced the global campaign, IAD4AD India 2024 event in Odisha this March. To read the announcement, please click here.


18 January 2024: Announcement of IAD4AD India 2024

We are pleased to announce that the Avoidable Deaths Network (ADN) India Hub is hosting a three-day event to celebrate International Awareness Day for Avoidable Deaths (IAD4AD) from 12 to 14 March 2024 in Odisha, India.

The global campaign aims to raise the visibility of indirect disaster deaths and missing persons and promote the slogan Disaster Deaths Are Avoidable

We celebrate this campaign annually and encourage individuals, frontline workers, communities, institutions and civil society organisations worldwide to do the same to reduce avoidable disaster deaths.

On 12 March, we will hold a one-day Symposium at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Regional Medical Research Center (RMRC), consisting of eight sessions: i. Inaugural; ii. ADN Hub and Chapters iii. Snakebite Deaths, iv. Drowning Deaths, v. Maternal Disaster Deaths, vi. Direct and Indirect Disaster Deaths, and vii. Disaster Education; and viii. Closing. Approximately 250 national and international delegates are expected, including the ADN Community, academics, intergovernmental and governmental bodies, civil society and the at-risk community.

On 13 March, we will travel to Burujhari village in Ganjam district to inaugurate the novel Case Station for Avoidable Snakebite Deaths (CaSA). The field visit will include a ribbon cutting, walk around, speeches and networking and will be open to the ADN Community, snakebite professionals and the at-risk community.

On 14 March, we will convene for a Global Campaign Meeting in Bhubaneswar to discuss the campaign’s progress, the future of the campaign, open discussion and next steps. It will be open to the ADN Community from the Advisory Board, Regional Coordinators, Partners and Collaborators, Hub and Chapters, and Operations.

For more information on the global campaign, please visit: iad4ad.avoidable-deaths.net. More information on IAD4AD India 2024 will be released soon.


17 January 2024: Snakebite Deaths Are Avoidable: Awareness Raising Webinar for The Art of Living Volunteers

Facilitated by the ADN Advisor Col. Sanjay Srivastava (Executive Director of CROPC) Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett delivered a closed Special Session Webinar on Snakebite Deaths Are Avoidable: Awareness Raising Webinar for The Art of Living Volunteers.

The speakers for this Webinar included Dr. Amarendra Mohapatra (ICMR-RMRC), Dr. Pratyush Mohapatra (ZSI), Ms. Lauren MacLeod (ADN-India Hub), Dr. Nibedita Ray-Bennett (ADN UK), Dr. Hideyuki Shiroshita (ADN Japan) and Dr. Stephen Samuel (Ophirex Inc.). The Special Session was attended by 131 participants from different parts of India, including at-risk farmers.


11 January 2024: Junior Champions in Osaka Welcomed International Guests from Yunlin Country, Taiwan

his academic year, 59 Junior Champions (5th-grade pupils of Hama Elementary school in Izumiotsu, Osaka Prefecture) spent three months independently producing two films about disaster risk reduction to reduce avoidable deaths from tsunamis.

The Junior Champions were separated into two groups to come up with and film scenarios to raise residents’ awareness of tsunami and earthquake risks and risk management.

11 January 2024, the films were screened in front of International Guests from Yunlin Country, Taiwan and the students’ parents. The film screening was a great success, and even moving some viewers to tears.

In return, Junior Champions from Taiwan performed the saxophone and danced together with Japanese Junior Champions and their parents. Additionally, Japanese Junior Champions performed the school song.

After lunch, the school teachers from Taiwan visited Hama City Hall while pupils had an international exchange through classes. Hama’s Elementary School’s Junior Champions provided a school tour.

Figure 1: Hama Junior Champions’ film screening

Figure 2: Taiwanese Junior Champions’ saxophone performance

Figure 3: City disaster prevention volunteers lecture

Afterwards, city disaster prevention volunteers visited Hama Elementary School and explained their activities and what they would do in the event of a tsunami and themselves in Izumiotsu City. Japan has a very high potential for earthquakes. A powerful earthquake hit Japan’s western coast on New Year’s Day this year, and recovery efforts are still underway. “We need to think about how we will continue to deal with earthquakes in the future.”, he said.

All in all, they had a very productive time. This exchange program was not the first time but the second in the past few years. The Headmistress in Hama elementary school and in Yunlin country were very pleased to have this opportunity. They are hoping to have the next time soon.

This update was written by Ms. Marina Yagi, ADN Japan Manager.

The activities of ADN Junior Champions at Hama Elementary School can be found through this link.


3 January 2024: Field Research Coordinator Appointed at ADN India Hub

Mr. Rajesh Kumar Patra joined the ADN India Hub as the Field Research Coordinator for the Case Station for Avoidable Snakebite Deaths (CaSA) in rural Odisha.

He was welcomed and orientated by Mr. Dillip Pattanaik and Mr. Sunil Mishra at the ADN India Hub office.