Enclosed is a one-pager’ COVID-19 information sheet, dated July 2020. It includes first of all key material relating to Australia and Victoria, this including links to the Australian Government, the Australian Federal Government’s Department of Health, the Victorian Government’s Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), and the ABC.  It also includes the latest material on the global pandemic as produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO), John Hopkins University (JHU), the BBC, Our World in Data, and, for those working in particularly vulnerable countries, ACAPS .


TorqAid has developed a modified version of its Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) diagram, which shows the adverse effects on the six main components of DRR as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.  An explanation of this is also included in the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Diagrammatic Framework article, pages 10-11.  Follow the links below to both the COVID-19 DRR diagram, and the DRM Diagramatic Framework article.

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The TorqAid online accredited Participatory Disaster Risk Management (PDRM) program is running from the 27th July to the 8th November.  This consists of five modules, a number of which have reference to COVID-19.

Module 1:  Includes details of the 2020 Australian bushfire recovery process, and the complications of COVID-19 on this

Module 2: Includes the ‘What Matters’ humanitarian bulletin surveys carried out in the Rohingya refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and the complications of COVID-19

Module 3:  Includes a risk management exercise relating to COVID-19

Module 4: Focuses in on complex emergencies (eg Syria/Yemen) and conflict-related situations (the Rohingya), and includes complications caused by COVID-19

Module 5: Includes the potential adverse effects of COVID-19 on both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Climate Change, initiatives

The link to the PDRM program is given below:



Bushfires Bibliography

Enclosed is a bibliography, updated in June 2020, which includes some key references to the Australian 2019/20 bushfire sesason.  These include a few essential background readings related to climate change generally.