Disaster Management Programme

Programme Update

Goal of Disaster Management Programme


The Red Cross movement is born out of a desire to save lives and provide relief services in both peace and disater times. The Disaster Management and Preparedness programme is thus a critical arm of the National Society and has done a lot to advance the ideals of the Red Cross Movement. As has been the case in all corners of the world in challenging situations; the Zimbabwe chapter of the global Red Cross movement has done a lot to alleviate human suffering through interventions during the 2014 and 2015 floods disasters that affected and displaced many families, the 2008 Cholera outbreak, the recurrent Muzarabani floods, the Zambezi River Basin Initiative, the food shortages experienced in Zimbabwe and other preceding years, other minor cholera and deadly disease scares as well as educating the community on how to come up with Community Based solutions to disasters and challenges.


Programme purpose: 

The Programme focusses on disaster preparedness and management, emergencies as well as capacity building of communities towards effective coping mechanisms. The new focus of the Disaster Management Programme is Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR). A new component supported by American Red Cross and Norwegian Red Cross has also been introduced and its known as Urban Disaster Risk Reduction (Urban DRR)


Funding partners:

Funding partners for the ZRCS Disaster Management and Preparedness programme include Norwegian Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, American Red Cross, Danish Red cross, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC).

Funding for ZRCS Disaster management programmes is both emergency and developmental so that while addressing the present dsiaster situations, the National Society also capacitates communities to be able to respond to future emergencies and disasters as they arise. 

Programme Areas:

While the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society looks at all corners of the Zimbabwe in its disaster reponse work, areas of focus in Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) include Binga, Muzarabani, Chipinge, Kariba and Dzivarasekwa in Harare for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction while the ECHO support covers Disaster Preparedness in Masvingo and Matebeleland South provinces