In an exclusive interview with VOA, Dr. Qudsia Huda, speaks about disaster management and how to reduce the risk before disaster hits.
Dr. Huda began by answering questions about the earthquake in Haiti. She says that Haiti was not ready for such a disaster. There is lack of coordination between the different sectors of the government that deals with disaster management. The community was not aware of such a risk and not much preparation was taken. Bangladesh, on the other hand, has community awareness. Dr. Huda believes, if the risk reduction models are reviewed and updated frequently, then Bangladesh will be better at handling natural disasters. She advises the communities of all countries at risk to be aware and urges the governments to focus on risk reduction now instead of waiting for disaster to hit.
Dr. Qudsia Huda has been working in the field of disaster management since 1997. After graduating from medical school in Bangladesh, she completed her higher studies in Harvard University, Tuft University, and MIT. Though she has been trained as a surgeon, she is working as a WHO expert on disaster management for seven South Asian countries. She assists countries to develop models for risk reduction and emergency preparedness. She wrote a few books and a number of articles on disaster management. Her first literary book for children will be released in February.