No place too remote
No challenge too tough
WFP logistics - We deliver
It must have seemed like history was repeating itself when just over a year after Typhoon Yolanda caused catastrophic damage in the Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) first alerted the population to another oncoming Typhoon. Predicted to take the same path as Yolanda, Typhoon Ruby was gaining strength as it slowly twisted its way west across the Pacific ocean towards the east coast of the Philippines.
India operates one of the largest food safety nets in the world. Through the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), the Government aims to provide around 800 million people with subsidized monthly household rations each year–that’s about 67% of India’s population.
In South Sudan, WFP operates its largest humanitarian air operation. Through the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), around 8,000 aid workers are able to reach over 40 remote and isolated locations each month. UNHAS staff operate a fleet of 17 helicopters, and small and medium-sized aircraft to make this possible. Persistent insecurity and tough living conditions make it a difficult place to work. Nicole is an Air Movement Officer with UNHAS in South Sudan, where she is reminded every day why she has this job. Here she explains what motivates her in this challenging environment.
After 25 days of uninterrupted work, WFP has finished constructing an Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) for ALIMA, an NGO partner in Guinea. It is now the fourth operational ETC in the country. Venturing into unknown territory, WFP has adopted an integrated approach, cooperating along the way with global medical aid agency Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), ALIMA and the government of Guinea to lead this project.
In South Sudan, the WFP-led Logistics Cluster runs its largest and most complex operation, supporting the transportation needs for almost 20 humanitarian organizations by road, river and air. As the Deputy Head of the Logistics Cluster based in Juba, it was only natural for Aiedah to find her way here– she’s always been drawn to a challenge.
Another cargo plane is flying from the Italian coastal town of Brindisi to Monrovia, the capital of one of three West African countries being ravaged by the deadly Ebola disease. This aircraft - the fifth chartered plane to leave the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi – is carrying more than USD$600,000 worth of equipment needed to respond to the crisis. Does it look like a bunch of big boxes? It is! But follow the cargo trail below to see how the cargo is reaching remote corners of Liberia and helping the Government, WHO and other organizations fight Ebola.
More than ever before, the humanitarian community is relying on WFP’s logistics team as their ally in the fight against Ebola. International contributions are forthcoming and generous, but the success of this unique emergency response depends on getting critical supplies of protective gear, medical items, equipment and aid workers wherever they’re needed. WFP ‘loggies’ from UNHAS, UNHRD and the Logistics Cluster are working in overdrive. Meet eight of them in Liberia.
Boxes filled with essential relief and supplies for the Ebola response are piled up in a Liberia basketball stadium, ready to be dispatched all over the country. They sit in front of the stands, where crowds of basketball fans would usually cheer on their team. The sounds of truck engines and pallets being moved now fill the air. This is the heart of the WFP’s main logistics hub in Monrovia.
A recent donation of trucks by WFP is helping a fellow humanitarian partner to reach the most vulnerable inside Syria.
In addition to providing food assistance, WFP is working closely with medical, humanitarian and government partners across West Africa to fight the Ebola outbreak. Here are the top 5 ways logistics is supporting the humanitarian community: