UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


IRDR Monthly Seminar: Reproductive health care during floods in Bangladesh

03 December 2019, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

This seminar will look at the impact of quality and availability of reproductive healthcare on maternal mortality and morbidity in disaster settings.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Rosanna Smith – UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction


Medical Sciences G46 H O Schild Pharmacology Lecture Theatre
Gower Street,
United Kingdom

Quality and availability of reproductive health care are key determinants to reduce maternal mortalities and morbidities in disaster settings, yet these services are often lacking in developing countries. Reducing maternal mortality and morbidity currently is the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3. In the seminar, the design and implementation of an intervention package on reproductive health, capacity building and community awareness is presented. The intervention package was trialed in three primary health care facilities in Bangladesh during the flood of 2017. This intervention package was found to increase skilled management among health workers and quality of care for clients.

The seminar will be followed by the IRDR Christmas party for IRDR staff, students and members. For more information, contact IRDR-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk.

About the Speaker

Nibedita Ray-Bennett

at School of Business, University of Leicester

Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett is a sociologist specialising in disaster risk reduction and international development. Her research explores: i) understanding the complex nature of disaster and vulnerability in organisations and communities for effective disaster risk management and sustainability; ii) developing the capacity of actors and organisations for effective disaster risk governance, and iii) reducing disaster mortality and morbidity for human development. Nibedita also conducts critical analysis of disaster and development policy by taking sociological and anthropological approaches. 

Nibedita is the author of Caste, Class and Gender in Multiple Disasters in Odisha (2010, VDM Verlag) and Avoidable Deaths: A Systems Failure Approach in Disaster Risk Reduction (2018, Springer Nature).