See the latest information and resources from Elrha in relation to coronavirus (Covid-19)

We are Elrha, a force for change in the humanitarian community. The research and innovation we support equips the humanitarian community with the knowledge of what works, so people affected by crises get the right help when they need it most.
Our purpose is clear: to empower the humanitarian community to improve humanitarian response. We make this happen by supporting and championing the outcomes of robust research and proven innovations.
We empower the humanitarian community. Find out how we can support you...


  • Weak existing early warning systems (EWS) in Cox’s Bazar District that fail to provide reliable and timely life-saving information.
  • Lack of satellite-based weather signals to allow sufficient time on warnings of rough sea events.
  • Lack of digital tracking of fishing vessels to allow for more efficient and precise rescue missions in the event of capsizing.
  • Storms/rough weather conditions in the Bay of Bengal resulting in loss of lives/livelihood, damage to property, and high dependency on humanitarian response among coastal communities in Cox’s Bazar.
  • Weak community capacity in early warning and disaster risk reduction (DRR) resulting in a reactive, rather than proactive, approach to disaster.


Introduction and implementation of a digital early warning system through General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) for improved tracking fishing vessels and disseminating early warning messages to fishermen. In combination with community-based DRR measures, this product supports communities, private sector partners, local/national level GoB to establish an effective an EWS for poor coastal fishing communities that is expected to be transferred to local and national institutions for scale-up.

The digital tracking of fishing vessels allows for more efficient and precise rescue missions in the event of capsizing.

This innovation helps to protect the lives and livelihoods of fishermen who are vulnerable to frequent and severe weather events at sea. By providing timely and reliable early warning information, loss of lives and damage to property, and thus the need for humanitarian response, is reduced. Community capacity in early warning and DRR is being strengthened through training and adoption of this system, thereby promoting a proactive rather than reactive approach to disaster.


The project targets 300 boats and approximately 3,000 fishermen residing in 24 communities of Cox’s Bazar District in the Bay of Bengal – home to approximately 20,000 people who will benefit from education and training on DRR and EWS. CARE will collect and disseminate learning through Monitoring & Evaluation workshops and meetings with relevant stakeholders and will conduct evidence-based advocacy to raise awareness at sub-national and national levels amongst fishing communities, GoB and the private sector.

Latest Updates

Server development for early warning dissemination in progress

01 Aug 2014

The Telecommunication service provider AirTel Bangladesh Ltd, in association with CARE Bangladesh, has conducted a feasibility study on the proposed device life cycle.


Fishermen go digital!!

04 Feb 2013

The CARE project team continue their project inception workshops with local stakeholders.


The sound of sea…………. DO YOU HEAR ME?

15 Jan 2013

In a meeting with the community a boat owner share a story with the project team about his uncle who was lost at sea for three days.


Exploring Avenues for Collaboration

1 Sept 2013

The month of September 2013 was spent in a series of meetings and discussions to explore collaboration with Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) and the Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP) Bangladesh, while attempts were made to meet the Joint Secretary of Disaster Management & Relief.


Subscribe to our newsletters....

Elrha © 2018 - 2021 Elrha is a registered charity in England and Wales (1177110). KEEP IN TOUCH Want to stay up to date with our latest updates? Sign up to our newsletters
Elrha Please upgrade your browser

You are seeing this because you are using a browser that is not supported. The Elrha website is built using modern technology and standards. We recommend upgrading your browser with one of the following to properly view our website:

Windows Mac

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of browsers. We also do not intend to recommend a particular manufacturer's browser over another's; only to suggest upgrading to a browser version that is compliant with current standards to give you the best and most secure browsing experience.