What links earthquakes in Nepal with HIV in Lesotho, and cholera outbreaks in Sierra Leone with the health problems affecting mothers in Myanmar? The effects of all these crises can be reduced by making people and communities more resilient.
Resilience is the ability to prevent, withstand and recover from disasters and emergencies. The British Red Cross is building resilience across the world and in the UK. We’re highlighting that work by putting the spotlight on four very different programmes helping some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Each one is run in partnership with that country’s Red Cross or Red Crescent National Society.
Why does resilience matter?
We think building resilience is just common sense. We shouldn’t just sit around and wait for floods, fires or outbreaks of disease – by taking action beforehand, we can make sure the impact of risks and crises is drastically reduced. This idea has been guiding our work for decades, and we think it’s more important than ever.
Even simple steps can save lives and livelihoods, protect homes and put people on the path to a better future. Giving people the power to prevent and prepare is a great investment too. A little time and money spent now will often prevent the need to give much more when a crisis happens. More