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Welcome to CADRIM’s Research Page

 

CADRIM is actively working towards the development of evidence, data and research that can inform leadership and help bridge gaps in future projects and programmes being implemented by the IFRC and National Societies through the integration of lessons learnt and best practices. We invite you to take a closer look at some of the exciting research initiatives being undertaken and welcome collaborations.

Effectiveness of Community Disaster Response Teams

Research Question:
Is the CDRT approach towards community resiliency effective in all phases of the Disaster Management Cycle?

Research Rationale

Community Disaster Response Teams (CDRTs) comprise of community volunteers trained in different elements of disaster risk reduction, thereby enhancing their skills and competencies to prepare for and respond to various emergencies.

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This research seeks to provide answers to the following questions:

  • Are currently being used and if they being used effectively?

  • What are the intended roles of CDRTs in each phase of the disaster management cycle vs their current roles in the different phases?

  • What are some of the lessons learnt in keeping CDRTs engaged?

Countries Targeted:

  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Grenada

  • Suriname

  • Belize

  • St. Kitts and Nevis

  • Dominica

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This research aims to accomplish the following:

  • Identify the effects of heatwaves on mental health using current literature.

  • Capture field data that shows the vulnerabilities of communities to heatwaves in different communities.

  • Recommend strategies that can mitigate the effects of heatwaves in communities.

Countries Targeted:

  • Belize

The People-Centered Implications of Heat Waves

Research Question:
Does extreme heat affect mental health? What strategies can be deployed to mitigate risks?

Research Rationale

The occurrence of heat waves has drastically increased over the past decade due to climate change. Heatwaves can lead to many negative implications like heat exhaustion, heat stroke, heat cramps and even death. Although only the physical impacts have been mostly identified, heatwaves also negatively impact persons’ mental health. Due to many people being vulnerable to heatwaves, it is important to analyze how it is influencing people mentally and their lifestyles and choices. 

Shelter and Infrastructure

Research Question:
How has the perception of risk related heat influenced shelter and infrastructure development and what are the strategies to mitigate risk?

Research Rationale

It is globally identified that anthropogenic activity has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land by a noticeable amount, especially after the advent of the industrial era, facilitating widespread change in not only the atmosphere but the hydrosphere, cryosphere and biosphere as identified within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2021 report (IPCC 2021). These changes, due to its gradual nature, may not seem alarming however it results in spin off effects such as extreme climatic events such as heat waves or droughts that occur with different intensities on a wide spatial and temporal timescale with the potential to directly affect human health and livelihoods. 

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This research will consider the following:

  • How different populations, both of different countries as well as different social classes, perceive the risk they are exposed to from heat related events such as heat waves. 

  • How infrastructure, homes and buildings are and will be affected by heat extremes and to determine the strategies to mitigate these risks.

  • How different populations, both of different countries as well as different social classes, perceive the risk they are exposed to from heat related events such as heat waves. d)    How infrastructure, homes and buildings are and will be affected by heat extremes and to determine the strategies to mitigate these risks 

Countries Targeted:

  • Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao

  • Bahamas

  • Trinidad and Tobago

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