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RedR team sets date to fly out to Haiti

Engineering disaster relief charity RedR and French training organisation Bioforce has confirmed it is sending an assessment team to Haiti on 2 February.

The team, consisting of Margaret Heraty of RedR and Jean-Phillippe Lezau from Bioforce, will be assessing what gaps in skills and knowledge currently exist, which could be filled through training in order to support the overall relief and rebuilding efforts, and enhance coordination between agencies.

Based on RedR’s initial analysis, the team will be looking at potential training needs in technical areas such as emergency water, sanitation and hygiene, emergency shelter and logistics. Camp and project management, as well as Security are also expected to be key areas where both international and local relief workers will require support.   

The needs assessment team will also be examining the need for training in the implementation of humanitarian standards and best practice in the field, such as technical standards under the SPHERE framework, the Humanitarian Accountability Framework aimed at making humanitarian action accountable to beneficiaries, and People in Aid, which promotes good practice in management and support of aid personnel.

Working with local partners, international organisations are currently mobilizing large human and physical resources to provide temporary shelter, ensure safe water and sanitation and supply food and other basic necessities to the 3 million people affected by the crisis.

Experience responding to large-scale natural disasters over the last decade, such as the Asian Tsunami and the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, have demonstrated the importance of providing in the field training and support to agencies providing frontline relief.

Setting up a country programme

From the donations made so far to RedR’s Emergency Appeal in response to the Haiti earthquake, RedR and Bioforce will be setting up an initial two-month training programme in Haiti, which funding-dependent they hope to extend to a 12 month programme.

Due to the scale of the destruction in the wake of the 7.0 magnitude quake, it is clear the long-term impact will be protracted and complex. It is expected that the humanitarian community will require support to enhance large-scale relief efforts over the coming months.

RedR said it would like to thank all the companies, organisations and individuals who have so far pledged their support to the RedR Emergency Appeal, in response to the Haiti earthquake. It said it would in particular like to extend its thanks to Thames Water for making a significant contribution towards setting up the programme in Haiti.

To donate, visit the RedR website: www.redr.org.uk/donate

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