The Emerging Centre of Excellence in COVID-19 - ICN INDIA

The Emerging Centre of Excellence in COVID-19

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Disasters has severe impact on lives of people and children are the most vulnerable amongst them. It severely impacts immunization, nutritional food intake, safe environment within the household, disruption of education leading to child marriages and child labour etc. As evident in previous disasters, after 2015 Nepal Earthquake, situation of surviving children raised a grave concern towards Child Centric Disaster Risk Reduction (CCDRR) in the region. Accordingly, National Institute of Disaster Management, Govt. of India in association with UNICEF established CCDRR Centre to mainstream child-centric issues in disaster risk reduction (DRR) with the aim of augmenting capacity of ministries & departments at the national and state level to adjust their current programmes and plans to prevent, prepare for and mitigate the implications of disasters including climate change on children.

Today, CCDRR Centre, NIDM created yet another milestone by conducting 3-days online training on CCDRR for the stakeholders in association with APHRDI (Andhra Pradesh Human Resource Development Institute) in which about 6,409 participants joined and benefitted from the programme, it is one of the largest such trainings conducted by the Centre. Since its inception in early 2019, CCDRR Centre, NIDM is making strides and creating milestones in mainstreaming Child-centric issues in DRR. After the lockdowns amidst Covid-19, CCDRR Centre took pioneering initiatives and under visionary leadership of Executive Director, NIDM, Maj. General Manoj Kumar Bindal and able guidance of Prof. Santosh Kumar, Senior Professor, NIDM; the Centre soon adopted to new realities and started conducting online trainings for the stakeholders (Govt. officials, academia, civil society practitioners, teachers, parents and children).

Since April, 2020 onwards after the lockdown, the centre has conducted over 50 trainings (one-day thematic issues) on over 30 various child centric DRR and allied themes such as metal health well-being, channelizing energy of children in lockdowns, school reopening, child labour, home management of Covid-19, women leadership, safety concerns, domestic violence, blended learning, stress management, protection of child rights etc. in which over 18,000 stakeholders has participated and trained by the centre. More than 25,000 people across the country and also abroad have shown interest to join CCDRR trainings. As its regular mandate to conduct capacity building trainings for the State Govts, ATIs and other stakeholders, CCDRR Centre has conducted over 18 three-days online training programmes in which over 10,000 officials have been trained across the country. CCDRR Centre amidst adversities posed by Covid-19, aims to make a Pan-India presence and has coordinated with State Disaster Management Authorities/ Administrative Trainings Institutes of State Govts/Civil Society Organizations and have chalked out plans to conduct training for all the 36 States/UTs of country by end of December to augment capacity of stakeholders to save and protect lives of children affected by the disasters in general and Covid-19 pandemic in particular.

Apart from conducting regular training programmes, the Centre is also supporting States in building their capacities in Child related data management, Risk Informed Programming, Child Risk Impact Assessment (CRIA), and policy frame work for capacity building of Disaster Management Institution. By providing policy advocacy to Govts. to ensure child cntric disaster risk reduction the has developed a cluster of partnerhip with training, academic and scientific & civil society institutions. Active field reasearch and field projects are yet another area of intervention wherein CCDRR centre is providing policy level inputs and recommendations by  identifying gaps in child centric DRR activities.

Prior to lockdown, the CCDRR Centre was actively involved in conducting face-to-face trainings in classroom set-up for the Govt officials and created a pool of over 1,200 CCDRR trained officials in 17 different states of the country and also developed 300 resource personnel in CCDRR at the national level. The CCDRR team is headed by renowed disaster management professional Dr. Kumar Raka, who previously also have made headlines by conducting ‘Mega Erathquake Evacuation Drill’ in 110 schools on the same day and at the same time as the Planning Specialist & Head, Disaster Management, Noida which has find a place in Limca Book of Records 2018 edition. The CCDRR team is assisted by Dr. Balu I. and Shri Ranjan Kumar, disaster management professionals are the backbones executing Pan-India activities of the Centre.

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