Community emergency response


Following the pastoral crisis of 2014 in the village of Tchintaborak, which is part of the municipality of Aderbissanat and which experienced high levels of animal mortality, the local population had had enough.


As quintessential pastoral village, they had received explanations from the departmental livestock office about the risk of contamination and spreading of diseases. Having understood the danger, they voted to adopt this initiative. The local municipal authorities and the livestock services welcomed this preventive and curative action, even before the State and its partners became involved.
The whole community was engaged, except for children because of the risks arising from the activity (it is a waterhole and there are animal corpses).
These activities are adapted to the context, because the waterhole is the centre of two activities: livestock-grazing and market gardening. This activity quickly generated the creation of a community-based early warning and emergency response system (SCAP/RU).


The city council, in partnership with OXFAM, established 3 SCAP/RU committees in the area to effectively monitor and respond to crisis and disaster situations.
Since the installation of these SCAP/RUs, the population is informed in real time about the vulnerability and has benefited from appropriate and concerted interventions.


These SCAP/RUs forward reports to the city council at the end of each month.
The leaders are the community-based early warning and emergency response committees (SCAP/RU). We gave training and refresher courses to the SCAP/RU.
Since climate change is a reality, all the funding must be directed towards CBDRM because the risks and disasters are inevitable.
We began first of all by analysing the barriers to change of behaviour, and thanks to our efforts the community was grateful for what we brought.