The resilience of the children of Bihar

Building Resilience in Developing Countries Vulnerable to Large Natural Disasters

The paper views disaster risk management through the lens of a three-pillar strategy for building structural, financial, and post-disaster resilience. Enhancing structural resilience requires infrastructure and other investments to limit the impact of disasters (Pillar I); building financial resilience involves creating fiscal buffers and using pre-arranged financial instruments to protect fiscal sustainability and manage recovery costs (Pillar II); and post-disaster (including social) resilience requires contingency planning and related investments ensuring a speedy response to a disaster (Pillar III). A full national disaster resilience strategy (DRS) requires actions on all three pillars, grounded on a clear diagnostic…


PM Modi Invites G20 Countries To Join Coalition On Disaster Resilience

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invited the G20 countries to join a global coalition on disaster resilience, saying disasters require quick and effective remedial measures as they invariably affect the poor the most.

PM Modi, who was in Osaka, Japan for the two-day G20 Summit, laid special emphasis on building a disaster resilient future. “Disaster resilient infrastructure is required not only for development, but it is also necessary to combat natural calamities. In this regard I stressed upon the need of an international coalition in the G-20 conference of Buenos Aires,” he said at the G20 session on Quality Infrastructure Investment and Development Cooperation.

He invited the G20 countries to join the International Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. “I invite the G-20 countries to join this coalition and share their experience and expertise,” the Prime Minister said…


The resilience of the children of Bihar

The epidemic of child deaths in Muzaffarpur in Bihar has made been making headlines for the past two weeks(AFP)

The epidemic of child deaths in Muzaffarpur in Bihar has made been making headlines for the past two weeks. It is tragic that so many children died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). Many more are affected and those who survived may have permanent disabilities.

Bihar’s health system has been examined thoroughly by the media and politicians and the bureaucracy have been blamed for neglect of the health system. This is typical after any epidemic or major disaster. It also happened after child deaths in Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh some months ago.

Many reasons have been put forth for the AES deaths, including eating litchis that contain a toxin that leads to low blood sugar in malnourished, hungry children, poverty, malnutrition and heat wave. Of course, poor health systems reduce the chance of survival in such emergencies and a shortage of doctors, drugs and equipment, along with poor infrastructure and lack of hygiene, are a norm in most government hospital struggling with issues of lack of funds, poor management and indiscipline….


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