WFP And Partners Work To Build Emergency Logistics Response Capacity In Pakistan

Published on 06 February 2018

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s leading emergency logistics experts gathered in Islamabad 15-20 January for the nation’s first National Logistics Response Team (LRT) Training, jointly organized by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Global Logistics Cluster. 

In a mix of group learning exercises and emergency simulation, 21 participants from 12 groups including the Government, UN and non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) took part.  

As a leader in humanitarian logistics, WFP has been offering the LRT training across the globe for more than ten years. The LRT works to enhance the response capabilities of the international community through the establishment of clear accountability, enhanced predictability and strengthened partnerships, within the context of humanitarian interventions.

“This training is not just an opportunity to exchange cutting-edge information – it’s also a valuable chance for Pakistan’s emergency logisticians to meet and get to know each other. In a real disaster situation where lives hang in the balance, this is crucial,” said Finbarr Curran, WFP Pakistan, Representative and Country Director. “WFP is delighted to be facilitating this team-building in Pakistan.”

The training consists of intensive theoretical sessions and a three-day simulation exercise, and aims to better prepare logistics staff to be part of skilled Logistics Response Teams, deployable when immediate operational surge capacity is required.

Participating organisations included the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), Gilgit Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA), Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA)- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Pakistan Red Crescent Society, FAO, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNOCHA, OXFAM GB, CONCERN International, ACTED, and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).  

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For more information please contact:
 Mahira Afzal, WFP/Islamabad, Mobile: +92 345 855 9333, mahira.afzal@wfp.org