Strengthening Community and Institutional Resilience to Natural Hazards in Myanmar

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New phase of ECHO funded MCCR project “Strengthening Community and Institutional Resilience to Natural Hazards in Myanmar” launched on 15th August 2016 in Yangon with Inception Workshop. MCCR composed of 6 organizations; Action Aid, Plan International, Oxfam, HelpAge, UNHABITAT, and ACF will undertake this project aiming to increase the disaster resilience of institutions, lifeline infrastructures and vulnerable communities in Rakhine State, Ayerwady Region and Yangon Region. Project duration is 18 months starting from May 2016 to October 2017. Clear understanding of the project objectives, activities and outcomes agreeing key project deliverables, timeframes, deadlines, and roles and responsibilities among project staffs were built during the workshop.

The consortium as a whole will undertake proposed actions which will raise awareness and understanding of disaster risk amongst target communities and institutional stakeholders and strengthen their capacity to manage disaster risk in an inclusive manner. It will also seek to enhance systems, protocols and workforce capacity for effective disaster management and emergency response, with a specific focus on Yangon General Hospital as a key life-saving institution during disaster.  Lastly, the action will undertake school-based DRR across coastal and urban areas, consolidating work initiated under DIPECHO IX and rolling out SBDRR approaches and activities in Yangon City using the ASSI methodology developed in alignment with the Comprehensive School Safety Framework. UN-Habitat as one member of Myanmar Consortium for Community Resilience (MCCR) will implement activities contributing to building capacity of key government and non-government stakeholders on Disaster Management, Earthquake Risk Management and Post-disaster Response, Rapid Visual Screening of key urban-infrastructures, Comprehensive Disaster Risk Assessment in two townships of Yangon City; Lanmataw and Shwepyithar and develop Retrofitting Options/ Tools and adopt Guidelines.

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