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Training First Responders for Natural Disasters

What if we trained the members in the slum communities in EMT, Fire, Disaster, etc response?

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

What is the problem? Gainful employment is a huge problem in these slum areas. Also, in countries where a large numbers of these slums are usually have low human resources for first response/disaster teams. The Idea: What if we could instill some community pride and find volunteers who are willing to train in Emergency response? This would involve First aid, CPR, Fire fighting, Midwifery, Disaster response teams, Cleanup, etc. They can be trained by professionals in these fields. Younger adults can be trained in the actual administration of these services while older members can be trained in planning & coordination. Once trained they can be deployed where required. What Problem does this idea solve? This idea helps solve the employment problem both for younger & older community members. It will help them gain skills that they can use within their communities, boosting morale. An analogous example: In India, the National Rural Health Mission runs the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) program training rural women in essential female health, maternal health, midwifery & child health. http://nrhm.gov.in/communitisation/asha/about-asha.html

WHO BENEFITS?

The Beneficiaries: Governments whose agencies are overburdened and lack human resources, slum communities as it will encourage cohesion and boost morale, law enforcement since gainful employment means less crime, cities who will get better response teams Implementation: This idea can be implemented in any virtually any country. It can definitely be piloted in cities like Mumbai which have large slum communities.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

The idea benefits governments and communities at large. Emergency response teams are required by every community in the world. Government agencies in large urban areas these systems are already overwhelmed and a new infusion of resources would boost these systems and make them more robust. Design Principles: - Planning for the ordinary - These are everyday systems. They are required even if there was no climate change but with weather patterns becoming more unpredictable they will be even more valuable in extreme cases. - Consider the system - Many large urban slums have already developed ingenious systems to contend with changes in climate like increased heat, rainfall, etc. Tapping into these minds that know how to live in hardy conditions will benefit response teams - Design for gender equality - Women can be equally involved in these systems in planning, midwifery, first aid, etc. giving them equal standing - Design with - This idea works to empower the community

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I'm an entrepreneur and passionate design thinker. I recently finished my MBA and am looking for an opportunity to work in implementing design thinking to solve business problems and "wicked problems" in the world.

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I think this idea has a lot of merit. Empowering people with knowledge and being as prepared as possible from the bottom up can only be a good thing I think.

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Thanks Suzy. I agree. I think making people self sufficient goes a long way in increasing their belief that they can achieve something in their lives.

The urban slums are often the place where most lives are lost in case of a disaster, natural or otherwise. Often this may be because they aren't viewed as a "priority" and sometimes because these slums are often so closely packed together regular equipment can't get in to help. So if we train the slum dwellers to help themselves they can save their own neighbours when the eventuality strikes rather than having to wait for emergency services to get to them.

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