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RedR completes training for 871 Haiti aid workers

RedR this week announced that six months on from the Haiti earthquake it has trained 871 aid workers but warned that much remains to be done.

Since launching the programme four months ago, the DRSS team have provided training and support to 46 humanitarian agencies, including Save the Children, Oxfam, UNICEF, Christian Aid, Action Contre la Faim, the Haitian Red Cross, Tearfund and GOAL.

RedR has trained 871 aid workers across key humanitarian areas, such as water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, supply chain and fleet management, safety and security and telecommunications.

“The RedR/Bioforce programme is essential in rebuilding Haiti,” said RedR International programmes director Erin Noordeloos.

“It provides a strong foundation of skills for the aid community and there has been strong demand from agencies on the ground to provide training and support to staff, particularly national staff, across core humanitarian areas.”

The 1.5M Haitians displaced by the quake are still living in temporary camps in Port-au-Prince and surrounding cities. They are largely reliant on aid agencies for basic daily necessities, such as water and sanitation, food and shelter.

Only 2% of the rubble from the 200,000 homes, public buildings and major infrastructure damaged during the earthquake has been cleared and much remains to be done to rebuild the country.

The scale and complexity of the disaster and the prospects of rebuilding Haiti’s future means that the role of the RedR/Bioforce Disaster Response Support Services (DRSS) programme is essential.

Some 93% of the people trained as part of the DRSS have been national Haitian humanitarian personnel, providing a strong skills base within the country, increasing local involvement in the relief and recovery process and ensuring that skills remain in country long after the media attention has faded.

The focus is now shifting from the ongoing relief efforts required in aftermath following the disaster, to supporting national and international aid agencies in the reconstruction phase. It is also vital to improve local emergency preparedness and disaster risk reduction strategies, an area the programme is looking to develop training in.

“As our programme has progressed, we have been requested by aid staff and the Haitian government to provide even more services in capacity building.” added Erin.

The DRSS programme will have been running for six months on 28 August.

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