Logistics Cluster improves emergency response capacity in Peshawar, Pakistan

03 October 2014
Daryll Ainsworth, Logistics Cluster Coordinator and Kirr Deng, Head of Logistics of WFP Peshawar present a training certificate to Mr. Mohammad Anwar Khan of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society.

Pakistan is prone to humanitarian crises and disasters, with thousands of lives lost in recent years. When an emergency strikes, preparedness is key. Accordingly, the Logistics Cluster provided a dedicated Warehouse Management Training course to staff from humanitarian organizations in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Daryll Ainsworth, Logistics Cluster Coordinator and Kirr Deng, Head of Logistics of WFP Peshawar present a training certificate to Mr. Mohammad Anwar Khan of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society.

The training and practical exercises taught efficient handling, storage and dispatch of humanitarian relief items. When the next emergency strikes, both the warehouses and their managers are now equipped to respond effectively. The Logistics Cluster trained 23 staff from 17 humanitarian organizations that provide relief during emergencies in Pakistan. The staff trained manage 15 warehouses, storing vital medical supplies, shelter materials, food, fertilizers and seeds.

The training, from 25 to 26 September 2014, emphasized the responsibilities and roles of a storekeeper, the selection criteria for warehouses and taught different stacking methods. In addition, hands-on sessions included the handling of humanitarian cargo as well as the inspection of goods – ensuring that stored items can be dispatched when requested from the warehouse to provide vital and life-saving relief. Stock inventory, outdoor storage, documentation and record-keeping were also part of the comprehensive two day training.

Daryll Ainsworth, the Logistics Cluster Coordinator in Pakistan, has years of professional experience in humanitarian logistics. After seeing the active engagement of participants, he added: ‘I really enjoyed sitting at the back of the classroom and listening to a group of logistics professionals from so many organizations. Each contributed to the training with their skills’.

The Logistics Cluster Information Management Officer in Pakistan, Chandra Jung Rana, explained the purpose of the training: ‘We conducted the training to support the long term development of the organizations providing humanitarian relief to the population in Pakistan. Applying the best practices for warehouse management will help reduce losses at different stages and ensure proper tracking records are kept.’ 

52% of the participants had a background in Logistics and 47% in warehouse management. Organizations included Action Against Hunger (ACF), ACTED, Basic Education and Employable Skill Training (BEST), Center of Excellence for Rural Development (CERD), Frontier Primary Health Care (FPHC), Handicap International (HI), International Medical Corps (IMC), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Lawari Humanitarian Organization (LHO), Muslim Aid Pakistan (MAP), Muslim Hands International (MHI), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), PAIMAN Alumni Trust Fund, Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Participatory Rural Development Society (PRDS), Save the Children (SC), UNHCR and the World Food Programme (WFP).

The photo shows the participants in a group discussion on the minimisation of stock losses.