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DWF Typhoon damage prevention poster produce in Viet Nam 1989

Over the years poster have been used to convey messages about the key principles of safe construction for different risks.

In Viet Nam since 1989, and then in Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2005/6), in Myanmar/Burma (2008-onwards) and Haiti (2010) t .


Central Viet Nam.

DWF UNDP/UNCHS project for Typhoon resistant construction in Central Viet Nam, 1989 - 92, presenting the ten key principles of typhoon resitant construction (see Preventive strengthening & mitigation ). the text for each key point is part of a ten key points poem, and can also be sung!


Central Viet Nam poster
version 2, 

Produced in

Plays used to communicate project messages

DWF uses a variety of local traditional and popular media to communicate the message that prevention is important in reducing the vulnerability of homes. Some of these ideas, like the Vietnamese legend of The Mountain King and the Water King, are traditional. Others, such as the songs and poems that are performed in commune events organised by the project, have been written by local people, often teachers, who also perform.

Children have always played an important part in the DWF animation activities, and on of the plays, "The Stubborn Mason" has been popular both in Vietnam and in 2010 in

DW Crowds at boat races hear Typhoon prevention message

Animation: getting the message across

For the past decade, DW in Vietnam has promoted the preventive strengthening of houses and small public buildings so they can resist the impact of annual cyclones (typhoons) which habitually cause huge damage. A major issue in getting people to make their homes safer is that families did not know that preventive strengthening is possible. They need to be aware that prevention is essentially easy and affordable, and they need to know that it is much cheaper than rebuilding after a disaster.
To address this in each commune DW has organised a wide variety of