Prevention, preparation, mitigation: 3 tools for disaster risk reduction

Published on Thursday 14 February 2019

In humanitarian emergencies, natural disasters often worsen the situation of populations already weakened by conflict, epidemics or other previous disasters. To address this, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL integrates disaster risk reduction into its programmes.

Floods, storms, hurricanes, but also drought waves and fires, 2018 was marked on a global scale by an increase in the number of natural disasters and catastrophes. In addition to the increase in the number of critical events, it is estimated that more than 60 million people have been affected to varying degrees by these disasters, this without counting the most diffused impacts of climate change on the livelihoods and the access to basic services for these populations.

Working with the population

Disaster risk reduction programs allow SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams to work with populations on preparation (what to do in the event of disasters), mitigation (reduce potential impact) and prevention (reduce the likelihood of the shock occurring). In Bangladesh or the Sahel, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL works with displaced or refugee populations as well as with their host populations to analyse and integrate disaster risks into humanitarian aid programs.


In figures

289 natural disasters in 2018

61.7 million people affected

10,733 deaths

35.4 million people affected by floods that killed 2,800 people

12.9 million people affected by the storms, which killed nearly 1,600 people

9.3 million people affected by droughts







Photo : Carlos Garcia Rawlins Reuters/ SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL