Logistics Cluster reinforces Syrian Arab Red Crescent logistics capacity

21 October 2014
The trucks at Beirut port are ready for shipment from Beirut Port to Syria. Photo: Sandy Maroun, WFP.

The main challenge of the humanitarian response in Syria has been to deliver aid to people isolated in areas of conflict, due to the volatile and rapidly evolving security environment. Many local private transporters have been unable to deliver food, water, sanitation and health (WASH), cooking equipment, mattresses and shelter items because of the on-going conflict.

The trucks at Beirut port are ready for shipment from Beirut Port to Syria. Photo: Sandy Maroun, WFP.

The trucks at Beirut Port before shipment to Syria. Photo: Sandy Maroun, WFP.

The Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society (SARC) is playing a key role as the largest national humanitarian organisation in Syria, and the one with access to many parts of the country through its 14 branches and extensive number of sub-branches.

As a support to SARC’s extensive logistics needs, WFP, as the lead of the Logistics Cluster, has donated a small fleet of versatile trucks, each with the capacity of 8 to 10 tons of humanitarian cargo. 15 trucks were purchased this year. The trucks, displayed in the picture above have been delivered this month from Beirut Port. They come in addition to 20 trucks donated in 2013.

The small fleet has been used by SARC for the final leg of deliveries across all 14 governorates of Syria in order to bring vital humanitarian relief to the affected population; often in the most difficult-to-access locations in Syria, with truck drivers crossing active lines of conflict. The difference made has been to reach population in areas that were blocked off from humanitarian relief for months before.

Enhancing SARC’s capacity has only been one part of the Logistics Cluster activities in Syria; other services are providing coordination, information management and common logistics services such as transportation.

The mandate of the Logistics Cluster is to fill logistics gaps in emergencies to ensure life-saving cargo reaches affected populations in a timely and efficient manner. For more information, visit the Logistics Cluster website at: www.logcluster.org/ops/syr12a.