Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe

AUICK First 2010 Workshop


Maternal and Child Health Care (including Family Planning) in Natural Disasters (Stage II)


At the beginning of 2010, the world was shocked by the news of the earthquake which devastated Haiti on 13 January 2010. More than 150,000 people are confirmed to have been killed by the earthquake, whose devastation reminds us of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, the 2004 Sumatra Earthquake Tsunami and the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.

Between January and November 2009, there were 245 disasters in the world, affecting 58 million people, of whom 8,919 were killed, and causing US$19 billion in economic damages. Asia is especially vulnerable to storms and floods, and 48 million people were affected there, putting the continent at the highest risk, with the largest numbers of affected people.*

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) believes that the concept of disaster-risk reduction is based on the recognition that disasters will occur, but that informed and committed societies can anticipate them and their effects, thereby minimizing loss of life and property and accelerating recovery efforts.

It is critical to consider the kinds of gender differences that make women disproportionately vulnerable in disasters, and that sometimes lead to discrimination against them in the recovery process. Women and their children must be visible to responders, to ensure the success of post-disaster recovery, and must have a say in the formulation of disaster risk-reduction plans.

In times of disaster, it is necessary to ensure safe childbirth and reestablish maternal health services where they have been devastated - to provide basic services including water, sanitation, food, health and protection, and also psychosocial support to survivors of natural disasters. It is also important that appropriate family planning services should be continuously provided in such conditions.

With this in mind, AUICK is holding the First 2010 Workshop, which also marks the 15th anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake that struck the city of Kobe and its surrounding urban areas on 17 January 1995, killing 6,434 people.

After the earthquake, Kobe City Government reviewed the lessons learned and established a Department for General Crisis Management. This has given the city greater capacities to manage natural disasters, and maintain its security and peace. It also gives Kobe valuable experience that it can share with other cities. The Workshop is to be funded by UNFPA.

* According to the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR)


AUICK Workshop training aims to produce the output of increased capacities of city planners and administrators in Asian medium-sized cities to plan and address population and development issues.

Second-stage workshops have been conducted from 2009, for senior officials of AUICK Associate Cities (AACs) who have attended previous AUICK Workshops. The participants return to Kobe together with local academic experts, to receive on-site training related to their AUICK workshop formulated Action Plans at the facilities of Kobe City Government.

At the Second 2007 Workshop, senior city officials of AACs in charge of maternal and child health care or crisis management were introduced to basic/general information pertaining to the topic of maternal and child health care provision, especially in the context of a natural disaster. They each developed concrete Action Plans for improved MCH services and disaster preparedness, which they were expected to implement upon returning to their cities, in cooperation with their colleagues and academic experts from local universities.

The First 2010 Workshop aims to provide training toward the re-formulation of the Action Plans made by five participants of the Second 2007 Workshop, who are to return to Kobe accompanied by academic experts from their local universities.

The Workshop will provide not only North-South but also South-South sharing of information and knowledge among participants, and on-site training on actual Kobe City programmes which are facilitated through cooperation among private, public and academic sectors. Participants and accompanying academic experts are expected to jointly review the Action Plans which have already been formulated and partly implemented in the AACs, for more effective implementation. Through more practical knowledge and skills, as well as collaboration with academic experts, the participants will return to their cities to implement the re-developed Action Plans to further improve the welfare of citizens of the AACs. Ultimately, the Workshop is expected to foster lasting collaboration between the city administration and the academic community, to solve population-related issues in the urban setting.

As the Workshop is designed to stimulate the exchange of information and experience among the participants themselves, they are expected to participate actively (in English) in discussions, presentations and practical training during the workshop period.

Invited Cities

AUICK Associate Cities (one senior city official and one academic expert from five AACs):

Chittagong (Bangladesh); Weihai (China); Chennai (India); Olongapo (Philippines); Danang (Vietnam)


From Sunday 6 June to Saturday 12 2010 (7 days)




Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK)

Kobe International Center for Cooperation and Communication (KIC)

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AUICK First 2010 Workshop








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