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#MEXICOGP2017: Tackling flood and health risks in Cameroon


UNISDR's second of five short films, produced in the run-up to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 22-26 May, features Cameroon and shows how the community of Nkolbikok is meeting target E of the Sendai Framework, which calls for a substantial increase in national and local disaster risk reduction strategies.

Nkolbikok, a settlement in the capital Yaoundé, has put in place a daily garbage collection system that means residents no longer feel the need to throw their trash into the area’s drainage ditches. As a result, the risk of diseases such as malaria or typhoid has been reduced, and clearing the ditches has lowered the threat of flooding in the rainy season. The programme, which is a shining example of how to mobilize a community to reduce its own risk, was honoured by UNISDR on the 2016 edition of International Day for Disaster Reduction.

The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction takes place from 22-26 May in Cancun, Mexico. In the run-up to this important international event, UNISDR has produced five short films to show how countries are implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in order to make themselves safer and more resilient. 

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  • Themes:Community-based DRR, Health & Health Facilities
  • Hazards:Epidemic & Pandemic, Flood
  • Countries/Regions:Cameroon

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/52392

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