The Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, Right Honourable Everton Chimulirenji commended YONECO for giving an opportunity to the nation at large to follow the proceedings of this year’s national commemoration event for the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) through a live broadcast on YONECO FM Radio.
The Vice President made these remarks on 20 October, 2019 at Ntagaye Primary Ground in the area of Senior Chief Liwonde in Machinga district where Malawi held a national commemoration event for the 2019 IDDR.
After a successful live coverage of a panel discussion on disaster prevention measures which was held on 19 October, 2019 at Hippo View Lodge at Liwonde in Machinga district, YONECO team proceeded to the following day to a venue where the IDDR commemoration event was held. Apart from another live coverage, YONECO also mounted a pavilion where the organisation showcased its disaster prevention as well response mechanisms.
“In a special way, I would like to thank media houses, particularly YONECO for covering this event live,” said the Vice President.
Among other things, YONECO raises awareness about climate change and disaster prevention measures through special radio programmes, community Roadshows, rural film screenings as well as community Theatre for Development campaigns. On the other hand, YONECO also displayed its disaster intervention like the Helpline Caravan as well as the various Feedback and Complaints Mechanisms (CFMs) which the institution uses with support from the World Food Programme (WFP).
“Our stake is also rooted in the fact that disasters greatly affect the youth, women and children who
happen to be the core target groups of our work. Thus, we always do our level best to ensure that these issues are given the necessary attention,” explained the Executive Director for YONECO – Mkandawire.
The event was commemorated under the theme “Build to last: Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health, and educational facilities including through developing their resilience by 2030.