King’s College London student, Hannah Jobse, was awarded best thesis for her research on the health issues young people face in times of flooding in communities in Bangladesh. The research was carried out with support from Y Care International and local YMCA Bogra – one of three YMCAs training young people to reduce the risk of future disasters in local communities prone to natural hazards.
To conduct her research Hannah visited the flood-prone Sakarandi region in northern Bangladesh on the banks of the Jamuna River. During her five weeks in Bangladesh she blogged about the struggles communities have to deal with when disasters happen so frequently. “I have heard so many stories about loss and ill-health, still people have no other choice than to accept the dangers of the Jamuna River and to live with floods” said Hannah.
Hannah Jobse, who was studying for a Masters in Disasters, Adaptation and Development at King’s College London, spoke of her delight upon receiving the award at her graduation.
”It is great that my thesis project has received this recognition. The award doesn’t only reflect my own input but also the efforts of Y Care International and the YMCAs in Bangladesh in supporting the research. Everyone involved has been so helpful and kind. Both working with Y Care International in London and travelling to Bangladesh to work with the YMCAs has been an amazing experience!”
A summary research report was published in October 2013 in partnership with King’s College London, who have been working alongside Y Care International over the last few years to support students to research issues surrounding young people and disasters to help us improve our learning around emergency response and disaster risk reduction (DRR).
Dr. Mark Pelling, a leading authority on disaster resilience and head of the Masters course Hannah completed said “The Disasters, Adaptation and Development MSc team is really thrilled by Hannah’s award. Working alongside a practitioner organisation while undertaking thesis research is not easy. Striking the right balance between academic and policy concerns is a task in itself. That Hannah has succeeded so well is indicative of the great support she and other interns have received from local partners as well as from Lizz Harrison [Y Care International’s DRR and Emergencies Advisor] and her team.”
Y Care International would like to say a big thank you to Hannah for her support, enthusiasm and research, and also to King’s College London for our continued partnership. This valuable piece of research will help us to ensure our projects are effective and make sure young people are leading on, and participating in, DRR in Bangladesh and across the world.