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13 October 2019

DRNGhana In Partnership with Accra Metropolitan Assembly – AMA and Ghana National Fire Service – GNFS

Joined the World to Celebrate International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction – IDDRR Day.

 

IDDRR Day 2018 edition; DRNGhana partnered Accra Metropolitan Assebly – AMA and Ghana National Fire Service – GNFS to Organize Fire Disaster Safety Workshop at Makola Rawlings Park Market. The Workshop was organized to mark the 2018 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction – IDDRR Day. This was to draw attention to the seven targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which was adopted as a global plan to reduce all forms of disaster losses by UN Member States. The overall theme of this e International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) in 2018 is “Reducing the economic loss of Disasters” which is Target C of the Sendai Framework.

 

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The United Nations General Assembly has designated 13 October as the date to celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Since it began more than 25 years ago, the day has grown into a major global awareness event celebrated in many ways to encourage efforts to build more disaster-resilient communities and nations.

 

DRNGhana 2018 IDDR Day Event Background: Ghana’s Markets fires incidents have become a regular occurrence, with lives and millions of dollars lost every year in properties also Livelihoods destroyed. Hardly a year passes without news of a market fire outbreak in some part of Ghana, causing fear and panic amongst our market mothers, girls and Women doing business, also the general public and all citizenry. This generated much discussion centering on rumors relating to politics, sabotage, misfortune, religious differences, etc as the speculated causes. DRNGhana used 2018 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction – IDDRR Day2018 to call for action to improve occupational health and safety in Ghana and as a critical Health Work function. The Workshop took into consideration the causes, mechanisms, as well as preventive measures against the market fire menace.

 

The Workshop was aimed at promoting UNISDR Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 under the sub-theme of reducing the economic loss of disasters. The soaring rise in economic losses from markets fire events in Ghana also fueled by climate change. The economic losses from fire disasters in low and middle-income countries are undermining efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and deprive governments of funds to spend on health, education, social protection and other important public needs. Every year Ghana’s market fire disasters cost us

DRNGhana during engagement with Ghana National Fire Service – GNFS headquarters and the Makola Accra Branch obtained data notice that in general the rate of market fire incidence has increased each year. This increase was attributed to several factors: rate of population growth and industrialization, unstable electricity, urbanization, negligence, illegal electrical connection, etc. The cause of fire was categorized into domestic, industrial, vehicular, institutional, electrical, commercial, bush, and others. Among these causes, domestic fire accounted for 41% of the total number of fire incidents in the country.

Capacity Building is the only solution to help prevent and mitigate market fire incidents in Ghana.