Towards Safer and Resilient Communities in Seychelles

Seychelles is vulnerable to some risk factors as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS). This includes: natural hazards linked to climactic change such as extreme weather conditions that have a direct impact on utilities, water supply and sanitation, health epidemics and productive sectors; health crises caused by emerging and re-emerging diseases nationally and internationally.

With the support of the Plateforme d’Intervention Régionale Océan Indien –PIROI and funding from the European Union through the Réunion Region, the Red Cross Society of Seychelles has been sensitizing the community on disaster risk reduction since 2015 . This has been through various programmes and activities targetting young people, school personnel, community groups including youth groups . The DRR programme primarily aims to engage the community in disaster preparedness and risk reduction activities based on awareness of hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities. This year the National Society moved to phase 2 of its DRR Project under the theme : ‘Towards Safer and Resilient Communities in Seychelles’. one component of the project focusses on community sensitization The Red Cross Society of Seychelles took advantage of the large crowd present for the National Day Expo 2018 to sensitize members of the public on disaster risk reduction through interactive activities namely games, quiz, cross words, word search and colouring . The Red Cross stand recieved over 300 visits mainly children and their parents and they got engaged in the activities that was being offered at the stand.