JIBC supports Aga Khan Development Network to Mitigate Disaster Risk in Developing Countries
Two JIBC instructors recently delivered Workplace Safety courses in Pakistan and Tajikistan
In September, a tragic terrorist incident at Nairobi’s Westgate Mall left 69 people killed and many others impacted.
In a small way, JIBC was able to assist those who responded to that incident, as a result of work with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), which includes the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi where many of the wounded were treated following the mall attack.
JIBC is a leader in Emergency Management education, training people throughout BC, across Canada and around the world in best practices for preparing for and responding to major emergencies and disasters.
JIBC’s prior work with the Aga Khan University Hospital focused on supporting their development of a Mass Casualty Management Plan by sharing best practices around emergency planning.
The agencies of the AKDN are private, international, non-denominational development organizations. They work to improve the welfare and prospects of people in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa, without regard to faith, origin or gender. AKDN programs are designed to bring a critical mass of economic, social and cultural activities into a given area.
For more than five years, the JIBC's Emergency Management Division has been supporting AKDN agencies to build emergency and disaster management capacity.
Two JIBC Emergency Management instructors recently returned from a two-week trip to Pakistan and Tajikistan. Pete Learoyd, Program Director, Corporate and Government Training, and Darren Blackburn, Coordinator EM and Exercise Design Delivery, led Workplace Safety courses for AKDN’s Disaster Risk Management Initiative.
“I’m excited about the potential of this and future training opportunities with the AKDN,” says Learoyd, who oversees the project. “The course will better prepare people within South and Central Asia to respond to emergencies and disasters, and it allows JIBC to learn from the challenges of developing countries and integrate this learning into what we teach.”
Learoyd says working in developing countries has broadened his appreciation for the complexity of emergency response in those regions. He says it serves to remind him of the fundamental assumptions so often held in North America that may not be valid within these contexts. “In the absence of strong safety legislation, and with no or limited economic incentives, organization are often not willing to implement safety measures that we take for granted, such as training first aid attendants,” he says.
“JIBC has an excellent reputation internationally and we are willing to travel to regions of the world that are in greater need. As a result, organizations like the AKDN know we are serious about a collaborative and cooperative relationship.”
Learoyd and Blackburn both see an underlying principal in JIBC participating in this internationally-based training. “Funding plays a role, and the relationship has to be sustainable, but the underlying essence of why we’re doing this is to give back, from a humanistic perspective. The world is smaller than you might think and we are advancing public safety at an international level,” says Learoyd.
Last updated October 3, 2014