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In flood-prone areas of Viet Nam, most people are at high risk of drowning either because they cannot swim or lack information about how to protect themselves in the event of a flood. Women and children are particularly vulnerable – the latter because many of them commute to work by boat. Oxfam and the governments of Viet Nam and Australia have worked with affected communities to develop and implement a participatory disaster management programme with a systematic gender-awere approach. The programme raised awareness of disaster preparedness activities and also built knowledge, skills, and capacity at provincial, district, and commune levels.

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