Integrated Community Based Risk Reduction Programme (ICBRR)

Pakistan frequently experiences large-scale natural disasters such as earthquakes, landslides, drought, cyclones, and flooding throughout the year. These, coupled with unsustainable environmental practices and limited natural fresh water resources, constitute tremendous challenges for humanitarian assistance. Pakistan still suffers from a high infant and maternal mortality, a double burden of diseases, and inadequate health care facilities with high population growth.

It has long been recognized that people from local communities are the first to be affected and therefore the first to respond to disasters and health crises. For this reason, Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, conduct ongoing programs which focus on preparing at-risk communities, by reducing their vulnerabilities and creating a volunteer force to resist them. National Societies work closely with communities to reduce risk, mitigate the effects of, prepare to respond, respond to and recover from disasters or health issues.

Community-based risk reduction can play a major role in building safer, more resilient communities. Therefore, the model of Integrated Community-based risk-reduction Program is more appropriate in promoting community ownership and sustainability.

ICBRR in Pakistan

The ICBRR is being implemented in ten communities, two each from five districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP – only one district), Sindh (two districts), and Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK – two districts).

The ICBRR goal is ‘the resilience level of targeted communities is significantly strengthened with sustainable and quality branch capacity in service delivery’. The specific objectives are as below:

  1. To enhance the resilience of the selected ten communities through community-led Integrated Risk Reduction activities;
  2. To establish and strengthen the relevant district branches of PRC in delivery of integrated community resilience-building programmes beyond this programme.

The ICBRR envisaged to benefit 3000 households (18,000 individuals) directly, and an additional 9000 HHs (54,000 individuals) indirectly, through community based and community led activities in multiple thematic areas (considered integrated and complementary). The programmatic interventions or activities are centred around disaster risks reduction, community based hygiene and first aid (CBHFA), youth and volunteers’ development (Y&V), community mobilization, trainings, linkage development and advocacy, and capacity building of district level PRC branches (within the ambit of organizational development or branch development).

Asima Nasim

Program Manager
Disaster Management

Abdul Baseer Khan

Program Manager Response