Ongoing Projects

March 2022 to Ongoing – Exploring the Feasibility and Value of a Regional Network for First Responders (RN4FR) to Reduce Avoidable Disaster Deaths in the Caribbean Region

A particularly pressing area of opportunity for reducing avoidable deaths is to improve the effectiveness of first responders (aka category 1 responders) – emergency services, national and partner country defence agencies, humanitarian non-governmental organisations, private sector organisations and local community leaders and volunteers. Whenever a disaster strikes, first responders are the key actors providing critical assistance to the impacted populations. However, these actors often work within their own domains, neither coordinating or cooperating with their relief work, nor communicating or sharing what they learn from their experiences.

To explore this issue for first responders in the Caribbean region, ADN convened on 10 December 2021 a one-day virtual Symposium on ‘Integrating Disaster Risk Management with Emergency Services and Defence to Reduce Avoidable Disaster Deaths.’ The Symposium’s participants agreed on the need to increase collaboration, coordination and communication (3Cs) in national disaster response planning and mitigation efforts among all first responders in the Caribbean region to reduce avoidable disaster deaths and limit the impact on affected populations. This feasibility study posits that by supporting creation of a Regional Network for First Responders (RN4FR) as a forum for interaction that promotes the 3Cs can lead to a unified team-based approach to disaster response across the Caribbean that shortens response times and ensures a well-coordinated relief effort.

With this goal in mind, the proposed project aims to achieve the following objectives:
1) To identify capacity gaps and coordination opportunities for organisations providing first responders in the Caribbean region, through a virtual stakeholder consultation and online questionnaire for exchange of knowledge, experiences and insights.
2) To develop a roadmap for the steps needed to address the conclusions of the consultation and online questionnaire, including the creation of the RN4FR, through a stakeholder workshop.

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November 2020 to Ongoing – Avoidable Deaths from Snakebites during Disasters in Odisha, India

India accounts for approximately half of all global snakebite deaths reported through traditional surveillance systems and is responsible for 2.97 million DALYs. Around 70% of deaths occur in eight states with over half of the total Indian population: Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh (including Telangana), Rajasthan and Gujarat. ADN’s India Hub is located in Odisha. In 2020, after flood related deaths, snakebites were the major cause of deaths.

To understand the cause and circumstances that lead to snakebite deaths during disasters, this research project was initiated to:

  1. Investigate the complex micro-interactions between various systems at work including gender and the cause of high-risk areas to understand the true burden of snakebite deaths in Odisha.
  2. Explore the cause and circumstances leading to avoidable snakebite deaths during disasters in Odisha.
  3. Identify localised risk governance that can potentially lead to reducing snakebite deaths in Odisha.

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April 2020 to Ongoing – Eastern Belt Network-India

The aims of this project are:

  1. To identify and map the number of colleges and universities that offer programmes related to risk, crisis, disaster management, development, and avoidable deaths in the 10 eastern states of India (West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura); and
  2. To explore the feasibility of developing a network of these colleges and universities for avoidable deaths, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development.

This is a collaborative project led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (University of Leicester) and Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (Kansai University) in collaboration with Srashta Chowdhury (University of North Bengal), Rwittambhara Kashyap (Tata Institute of Social Sciences), Satyajit Barik (NIIS Institution of Information Science & Management, Odisha), Biswajit Paul (University of North Bengal) and Meharaj Bano (Vellore Institute of Technology).

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April 2020 to Ongoing – Social Distancing: Cross-Cultural Perspectives from Bangladesh, India, Japan and the UK

The aim of this research project is to explore how social distancing is being defined, perceived and practiced by national governments and household during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bangladesh, India, Japan and the UK. This is a collaborative research project led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (University of Leicester) in collaboration with Dr Fariha Haseen (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University) in Bangladesh, Dr Upasona Ghosh and Dr Srinivas Nalala (Indian Institute of Public Health-Odisha) in India, and Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (Kansai University) in Japan. The Co-Investigators include: Dr Iqbal Kabir (Directorate General of Health Services, Government of Bangladesh); Mr Dillip Pattnaik (Orissa State Volunteers and Social Workers Association); Sumaiya Tasneem Khan (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University); Mr Maqbul Bhuiyan (Data Management Aid); and Mrs Denise Corsel (University of Leicester).

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April 2020 to Ongoing –  Avoidable Deaths from the Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Lockdown in India

The aim of this research project is to study the current number of avoidable deaths from COVID-19, and the current number of unavoidable deaths from COVID-19 in India and Odisha. The number of deaths from COVID-19 is understood through the lens of the Avoidable Deaths Framework (ADF), one that understands disaster deaths are both avoidable and unavoidable. This is a collaborative research project led by Dr Nibedita Ray-Bennett (University of Leicester) in collaboration with Dr Hideyuki Shiroshita (Kansai University); Ms Kumiko Fukuromoto (Kansai University); Dr Vincent Pieterse (Vincent Pieterse); Dr Lopamudra Patnaik Saxena (Coventry University); Mr Daniel Mendez (ADN-RC, Belize); Mr Krishna Clarke (Caribbean Development Bank); Dr Azukaego Nnaji (Divine Aid International); Mr Lakshman Srikanth (ADN-Intern); Mr Bhola Saha (CRRP India; Royal Global University, Assam); Mr Dillip Pattanaik (OSVSWA); Dr Madhulika Sahoo (Vellore Institute of Technology); Ms Shaiza Khawaja (ADN-Intern); Anuradha Bhardwaj (Doers) and Antara Ragini (ADN-India, National Research Coordinator).

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