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TITLE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS BEHAVIOUR AMONG RURAL PEOPLE IN GAAFU DHAALU ATOLL, MALDIVES
AUTHOR HUSSAIN RASHEED
DEGREE MASTER OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT(INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM)
FACULTY ASEAN INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH DEVELOPMENT
ADVISOR BOONYONG KEIWKARNKA
CO-ADVISOR JIRAPORN CHOMPIKUL
 
ABSTRACT
A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted to identify disaster preparedness behaviour among rural people in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, Maldives by interviewing 213 people. A structured questionnaire was used to collect data from ten islands from 15-20 January 2008. A Chi-square test was performed to find the association among related factors and disaster preparedness behaviour. The results revealed that more than half of the respondents had a good level of disaster preparedness behaviour. In terms of the related factors towards disaster preparedness, it was found that the following factors have statistically significant association with preparedness behaviour: gender (p<.001), occupation (p=0.023), income (p<.001), education (p<.001), types of houses lived in (p<.001), knowledge (p<.001), perception (p=0.038), tidal flood experiences (p=0.030), experience of tsunami (p=0.010), frequency of tidal flood experiences (p=0.037), involvement in community-based tidal flood disaster preparedness activities (p<.001), availability of information on tidal flood disaster preparedness (p=0.006) and accessibility to information on tidal flood disaster preparedness (p=0.017). It is recommended that sustaining a good level of knowledge and preparedness behaviour is paramount for disaster preparedness in rural areas. Further enhancement and strengthening of community-based awareness activities must be emphasized and implemented. Disaster preparedness must be kept as a priority at national and atoll (provincial) level planning for development and improving the quality of life for people.
KEYWORD DISASTER/ PREPAREDNESS BEHAVIOUR/ RURAL PEOPLE
 
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