NADMO calls for creation of national disaster fund
The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), has called on government to create a national disaster fund in order to safe guard against future disasters.
Mr Koranteng Abrokwa, NADMO Head of Training said such a fund could have a segment to assist the girl child during disasters.
He made the call at the weekend during the launch of the Plan International’s annual State of the World’s Girls report 2013 in Accra.
He said NADMO seeks to enhance the capacity of the society to prevent and manage disasters and to improve the livelihood of the poor and vulnerable in rural communities through effective disaster management, social mobilisation and employment generation.
Mr Abrokwa explained that the mission of the Organisation is to manage disasters by co-ordinating the resources of government institutions and non-governmental agencies, and developing the capacity of communities to respond effectively to disasters and improve their livelihood through social mobilisation, employment generation and poverty reduction projects.
He observed that in times of disasters, girls are always at a bigger disadvantage and often suffer sexual abuses, violence, and eventually drop out of school.
He suggested that gender sensitive issues with special focus on girls should be incorporated into disaster management.
Mr Abrokwa recommended that reproductive health needs of women especially adolescent girls should be factored into relief delivery during disasters.
He also suggested that more women be recruited into disaster management organisations, since majority of disaster victims are women and children.