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Safe behaviors save lives
In the last 10 years, 1.7 billon people in the world were affected by disasters, 0.7 million people were killed, and total damage amounted to 1,4 trillion USD.
International Day for Disaster Reduction held annually on 13 October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters. It is a day to encourage individuals, communities and governments to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.
The theme for this year is “Home Safe Home”. The day is focused at raising awareness on prevention, protection and reducing the number of people affected by disasters. It concerns the safety of all but particularly those at greater risk of death, injury, ill-health, loss of livelihood, displacement and lack of access to basic services.
“Children are most at-risk during man-made and natural disasters. Due to its geographic location, Uzbekistan is susceptible to natural disasters such as earthquakes, drought and floods. Therefore, UNICEF works with the national partner organizations to raise awareness and enhance emergency planning and response practices in schools and communities”, says Sherzod Hoshimov, Disaster Risk Reduction RR Officer, UNICEF.
Jointly with the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Public Education UNICEF introduced a set of resource and reference materials on integrated course of ‘Basics of life safety’. These materials help students to learn about disaster risk reduction and safe behaviour practices. This knowledge would allow children to better cope with emergency situations.
It is planned to gradually introduce this integrated course nationwide, as safe behaviours among children helps save lives. Moreover, UNICEF jointly with the Ministry of Public Education works on enhancing the monitoring system of school-based disaster risk reduction and school preparedness to emergencies. The monitoring system will contribute to increasing schools’ resilience to disasters.