A five-day Disaster Resilience Leadership Training has opened in Kampala for professionals engaged in disaster management and response. The training is the first in a series aimed at building leadership capacity for disaster resilience in Africa. Participants/fellows have come from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana.
The training is a partnership between Makerere University College of Health Sciences School of Public Health, the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at the University of Tulane, USA, the Health Alliance and the Asian, Disaster Preparedness Centre, Bangkok Thailand.
Opening the training, the Deputy Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health, Dr. Christopher Garimoi Orach said that preparedness for and management of disasters resonates well with leaders of key disaster management agencies. He said the training program is a global effort covering different parts of the world, especially those that are disaster prone.
The Executive Director, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) of Tulane University, USA, Dr. Ky Luu noted that the people who deal with disasters are those closest to the communities, yet they do not have the necessary skills in leadership. He said although over the years, there has been a lot of growth and development in resources in disaster response, not much attention has been paid to the people who are impacted by disasters and those who respond first.
├ö├ç┬úWe are working to better understand the needs of the people impacted by disasters; how do we work to help and build their resilience├ö├ç├ÿ, he mused. Ms. Deborah Elzie, Instructional Materials Designer from University of Tulane, said one of the key elements of the training is the peer-to-peer learning aimed at building leadership in national and community disaster resilience.