Humanitarian workers on the ground in Tacloban, the worst-hit city of the typhoon-struck Philippines, can now access communication outlets and wireless internet via a satellite installed by the Emergency Coordination Unit of the World Food Programme (WFP), writes Sarwat Nasir. "We arrived here a week ago and we have already installed a satellite at the airport in Manila where most people are waiting for help or to be evacuated," Neil Murphy-Dewar, an ICT officer for the Emergency Coordination Unit (ECU), told 7DAYS by phone from Tacloban.
Milhares de pessoas continuam a precisar de ajuda humanitária urgente nas Filipinas. As Nações Unidas, através do Programa Alimentar Mundial, têm enviado para o terreno comida, filtros para água e também tendas. Grande parte dessa ajuda tem partido do Dubai, nos Emirados Árabes Unidos, que alberga o maior centro logístico e de distribuição do mundo do PAM. A TSF foi até lá conhecer o trabalho que está a ser feito para apoiar as Filipinas.
International aid continues to arrive in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines this week, with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) mobilising food supplies from Dubai. Ninety-four tonnes of high-energy biscuits have been shipped out of the UN Humanitarian Response Depot in Dubai. "Nine metric tonnes will be shipped tonight and 76 metric tonnes by tomorrow," Bill Campbell, WFP Dubai's officer in charge, said on Monday.
Aid worth $3.1 million has been shipped from the UAE to the typhoon-hit Philippines by the World Food Programme (WFP), writes Sarwat Nasir. In total, 692 tonnes of relief items and support equipment, including 14 tonnes of tents and five vehicles, has been dispatched in the past seven days with the assistance of the 14 partners that operate under the WFP. Of that aid, 94 metric tonnes of high-energy biscuits have already arrived in the disaster-stricken region.
When emergencies strike, dozens of different UN agencies and partner organizations are called on to respond. They work together in "humanitarian clusters", allow agencies to work together on areas of the response where they have the most capacity and experience. WFP leads the logistics and emergency telecommunications clusters, and co-leads the food security cluster with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
The Haiti experience challenged the international humanitarian community both to take advantage of the possibilities of increasingly available and common communications technologies and networks, and to ensure that it has access to the technological infrastructure enabling it to do so.
Water, nutrition, medical care – after large-scale disasters, people depend on the humanitarian help of the international community. However, efficient help can only be provided when the operational teams coordinate their measures. In the context of the exercise OpEx Bravo, this week international IT and telecommunication specialists (ITC) will exercise the development and repair of communication networks for volunteers at THW's National School in Neuhausen.