Municipal and Local Governance Disaster Preparedness

In the Disaster Relief and Mitigation areas one relevant project which SEGURA was involved was the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction System project in Nicaragua, funded by the World Bank, to recommend the institutional framework to set up an entity in charge of operating a system for the prevention, mitigation and response of natural disasters. This work was done for SETEC, the Technical Secretariat of the Office of the Presidency. 

RTI has been active in the Disaster Relief and Mitigation area, both domestically and internationally.  It has not only contributed to the preparation for future mitigation but generously donating to these causes.  

  • Uganda: Expanding Access to Quality HIV Prevention, Care and Support Services in the Ugandan Military As a result of the project, over 291,000 troops have been tested for HIV, and more than 20,000 HIV-positive persons are enrolled in treatment programs. 

  • Georgia: HIV Prevention Project The project supported the development of an Anti-drug National Strategy and Action Plan, championed the development of the first policy for HIV testing and counseling in penitentiaries, and institutionalized training curricula on HIV prevention, stigma, and ethics for media and leading medical schools. 

  • Guinea: Epi-détecte Triage structures—which will be staffed by RTI-trained health workers—are being constructed outside 42 health facilities. The prefabricated shelters will support health centers to admit suspected cases of Ebola or other communicable diseases, without endangering other patients.

  • In Senegal, we strengthen the participation of communities in health service management and the ability of local municipalities to provide services through the Governance for Local Development (GOLD) program. In partnership with the Government of Senegal, including the Ministry of Health and the National Program against Malaria, we build a culture of collaboration and openness among all stakeholders focused on building the capacity of local governments to respond to citizen demands, mobilizing and improving the use of public resources to improve basic health services, and increasing community capacity to advocate for better health services and to participate in managing local health systems services. 

  • Tanzania Vector Control Scale-Up Project The RTI-developed Coconut Surveillance tool helped ensure Zanzibar’s remarkable achievement of reducing malaria prevalence from more than 35% in 2000 to less than 1% currently. 

  • The Resource Estimation Tool for Advocacy (RETA) Tool has been used to advocate for increased funding for under-budgeted HIV prevention activities in the Greater Mekong Region and China.