21 April 2015

In response to the unprecedented Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic, WFP Common Services and the Logistics Cluster, have created the logistics backbone for the response in Liberia, including the building of logistics bases, and facilitating storage and the transport of partners’ humanitarian staff and vital supplies to affected areas. According to Ebola Response staff, Thomas Morley, Logistics Cluster lead-agency “WFP is not a ‘no’ organisation. Rather, the first reply to requests from organisations is always ‘let me see what we can do’.

That is the same attitude Mary Kamara has when coming to work each morning. Due to the large scale Ebola Response operation in Liberia, her job as a forklift driver demands not only her technical skills, but for her to be service minded... READ MORE

16 April 2015

In 2014, the Logistics Cluster supported a record total of 13 operations, 5 of which were categorised as high level emergencies, for which 170 organisations received Logistics Cluster transport and storage support. At the end of 2014, the Logistics Cluster had active Clusters in CAR, DRC, Gaza (in the process of being de-activated), Iraq, Pakistan (in the process of being de-activated), Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Yemen, a small support operation in the Philippines, and a major operation in response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). At the beginning of 2014, the Logistics Cluster still had an ongoing operation in Mali in response to widespread population displacement and one in the Philippines in response to typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), and began a major scaling up... READ MORE

09 April 2015

As air operations ceased, the airboat operations have commenced. An airboat has been brought into the Malawi Flood Relief special operation from South Africa, and is now transporting humanitarian passengers within flooded areas. Parts of the flood affected areas are still inaccessible by road, and only an airboat is able to reach them. Other boats have failed to be of use in this emergency due to the sand, silt, and low water volume levels that have left propellers damaged. An airboat, which is also known as a ‘fanboat’, has a flat bottom and is designed specifically for these types of conditions. The airboat is transporting humanitarians to the area now known as Makhanga Island, allowing them to reach those still in need of relief support. On April 2nd the airboat delivered... READ MORE

07 April 2015

Since 2009, Madame Fatoumata Dieng (see above, first left) has been working at Donka Hospital in Conakry, where she is the Head Pharmacist. This hospital is now responding to the recent and concerning spike in Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases affecting the country’s capital, and is currently treating 25 confirmed EVD patients.

Fatoumata attended the first session of the 'Logistics Best Practices training' organized by the Logistics Cluster, together with Bioforce Institute, the Government of Guinea and the System for improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS). In fact, besides Fatoumata, more than 50% of the participants involved in this first training session were female staff members.

The training was organized in order to improve the... READ MORE