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Unfortunately I can only offer some tidbits on public health measures in Australia on things like STI prevention or travel medicine, or comment on other public health measures (e.g. smoking campaigns). There is a similar philosophy of reducing risk via public education and engagement, although it’s a different kettle of fish to emergency management and community disaster resilience. It’s more akin to the slow impact / hazard version of the DRMC. I’ve briefly done some more ‘community development’-flavoured work in Kenya before, working with a group aiming to increase local capacity to develop solutions to the problems they particularly faced – but it would be very hard to gauge how effective it was given (a) the program is ongoing, and (b) I don’t believe they have put in place any means to measure or monitor their impact, beyond anecdotal feedback when they return to a given community for repeat sessions. The only real insight I could offer from that would be that people are much more responsive to measures when they feel as though they either generated or produced the solution themselves – the public in a given region would be more engaged if they felt someone or some organisation they identify with and trust generated the awareness or engagement program. Could often work in favour of certain humanitarian groups, but could also often, very much work against them!

Would be very interested in hearing more about others’ experiences!