China is one of the countries most frequently struck by disasters. Rural and poor areas in the remote inland provinces, where ethnic minority groups usually reside, are disproportionately affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and landslides. Many public health interventions could be effective strategies to enhance these communities’ resilience against the adverse impact of disasters. CCOUC has been studying and evaluating the effectiveness of disaster preparedness interventions in rural communities with high illiteracy rate. This project has provided preliminary evidence that health education campaigns in disaster preparedness can empower communities of high illiteracy rate in China and engage them in self-help and household-based preparedness.
Some important questions left unanswered in academic literature and field practices in rural, remote, ethnic minority areas include:
The project has generated some preliminary findings:
This project is supported by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Oxford.