19 February 2015

Between 22 and 27 January, the Logistics Cluster organized a training for WFP and Logistics Cluster partners staff members involved in the Ebola Response Operation in Guinea, on warehouse management. Twenty WFP storekeepers, four RITA personnel, as well as staff from UNICEF, the Central Guinean Pharmacy (PCG) and Conakry Airport Service Management Organization (AMA) were trained in best practice in the storage and handling of both food and non-food items (NFIs).

The training entailed modules on the storekeepers' responsibilities, including the reception and verification, stockpiling and handling, distribution and verification of items, as well as warehouse inspection, stocking and cleaning practices, physical inventory, warehouse documentation and working tool exercises. During the training, the participants visited WFP’s warehouse in Tombo to see a firsthand example of a well-managed warehouse, and to better understand the practical importance of these activities. Hands-on... READ MORE

19 February 2015

In January 2015, severe seasonal flooding hit the Central and Northern provinces of Mozambique causing widespread damage to infrastructure, displacing more than 160,000 people (INGC 16 February) with the number expected to rise as the rainy season continues. In Zambézia, the most critically affected province, damage to road and bridges infrastructure has interrupted regular supply routes and resettlement centres have been set up for those living in affected areas. Given the significant level of destruction and needs in Zambézia province, the Government declared an institutional red alert on 12 January 2015.

The Government, through the National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) has been leading the response and requested the international community to... READ MORE

13 February 2015

Modesta Tuturu has worked tirelessly over the past four months to help Liberia in its fight against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). As the head of the Voinjama Forward Logistics Base, she has helped coordinate the Logistics Cluster response from Liberia’s first Ebola “hot spot” area. Modesta, who is Zimbabwean, reflects on her work here as she is now handing over the reigns to her successor.

What were your duties for the Ebola response?

When I first arrived in Liberia in October, I was tasked to set-up our Forward Logistics Base (FLB) in Voinjama, Lofa county. Setting up these FLBs was critical to reach the smallest villages in the most remote locations in Liberia. From the FLB, we supported partners in the Ebola response in... READ MORE