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When a natural disaster hits, the impact is inevitable and usually leaves in its path high levels of destruction with long-term consequences. The better a country is prepared, the better it will respond to help its population to cope with the effects of a hurricane, a drought or an earthquake.
Sleepless nights, stressful days, great people…it must be OpEx Bravo 2015!
Bhawana Upadhyay is standing knee-deep in IT equipment in a wooden hut on the outskirts of Stuttgart waiting to roleplay her socks off as part of OpEx Bravo, an intensive disaster simulation exercise organized by the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), led by WFP.
ETC partner, Ericsson Response, strikes a chord on Tanna.
The path to delivering LESS mobile connectivity kits has been long and the team involved has overcome its fair share of challenges. With the third wave of the kits on the brink of being rolled out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the team can heave a collective sigh of relief. But have their efforts been worth it?
Spending three whole days in an echoey classroom in a dusty warehouse discussing problems and mistakes made isn't everyone's idea of fun. But in the emergency world it's a necessity and this is why a Lessons Learnt exercise covering Vanuatu, Nepal and West Africa was planned.
After spending a few hours running around the warehouse in Dubai packing the vital IT equipment needed to respond to Tropical Cyclone Winston, Rob Buurveld was soon settling in to an 21-hour trip to Fiji. A senior IT specialist in the Fast IT and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST), WFP IT's emergency response team, Rob was deployed to carry out a number of critical assessment missions spread over three groups of outer lying islands which saw the full impact of Winston's power.
It is said that in challenging times strong relationships are built. Proving this might be true, two Togolese IT specialists are working hand in hand to achieve one objective: to provide vital communications services to the response community in Central African Republic (C.A.R.) - one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time, now in danger of being forgotten.
EARLY MORNING. It’s six in the morning and the first traders are arriving at this market in one of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s refugee camps. This one, Lusenda, is located in South Kivu, close to the Burundian border. But this market is unlike others – for a start, it’s called a food fair.
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa was the largest global public health crisis in recent history, with over 8,000 cases confirmed in Sierra Leone alone. EVD had a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities, claiming the lives of almost 4,000 people and causing widespread socio-economic disruption. In order to contribute toward preventing future outbreaks and to strengthen the ability of Sierra Leone to effectively respond to crises, WFP is supporting national disaster management authorities to develop their capabilities in emergency preparedness and response.