Over 11,000 People Affected by Disaster in 2016

Over 11,000 People Affected by Disaster in 2016

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The Executive Director of the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), has revealed that over 11,000 registered families have been affected by this year’s flash floods and windstorms.

over-11000Lt. Col Alhagie Sanneh made the revelation on Monday, at the start of a Minimal Initial Service Package (MISP) forum, organized by his Agency in partnership with the UNFPA country office.

The three-day training held at a local hotel in Kololi, was designed to equip participants from all regions of the country with the knowledge and skills on MISP, which are a series of crucial actions required to respond to reproductive health needs at the onset of every humanitarian crisis.

The NDMA director maintained that most people among the victims became vulnerable to different issues including health related cases.  The training, he said, will provide UNFPA and partners the opportunity to plan preparedness actions especially for the upcoming response to the victims of the 2016 flood.

This, he added will enable humanitarian workers to mainstream gender, reproductive rights and sexual health needs of people during emergency.

Abdoulie Camara, Public Health, Emergency and Disaster Coordinator at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, pointed out that reproductive health issues shouldn’t be left out in mainstreaming disaster, adding that Gender-based Violence as a matter of concern in humanitarian emergencies, will form part of the preparedness action towards enabling the management of sexual violence and other Gender Base Violence (GBV) related cases.

He added: “Women and girls are at risk of unplanned pregnancy, abortions and sexually transmitted infections including HIV during emergency.  This is further compounded by inadequate health centres providing quality reproductive health information and services.  It is therefore important that sexual reproductive health services are made available to communities so that they can access family planning services and information.”

Eba Myrsten on behalf of UNFPA, stated that the overall goal of the training is to increase the coordination skills of humanitarian actors and NDMA field staff.

She noted that all participants at the forum are expected to be able to advocate for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in crisis; apply core concepts and techniques in the MISP; apply coordination skills for the implementation of the MISP, as well as produce an action plan to integrate SRH into national emergency preparedness plans.

by Saffiatou Colley