In this update:
- Ghana Floods mission report
- Chad Logistics Cluster shaping up
- Looking for staff deployment in Central African Republic
- Latest information on the flood relief operations in Uganda
- Missions and Events
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Ghana Floods Mission report
Logistics Cluster Global Support Cell UNICEF secondee Mahfoud Bouhembel was on mission in Ghana to coordinate Inter-agency activities from 26 September to 5 October 2007.
The three northern regions of Ghana were hit by the floods and it has been difficult to measure the magnitude, however it is assumed that the affected population is less in number than initially feared. Concerns are that relief items already dispatched to districts are not always reaching affected communities fast enough.
Authorities in Ghana intend to have a lead role in relief implementation and coordination. The regions are managed independently by the relevant regional authorities (RCC; Regional Coordination Council and an operational arm, NADMO; National Disaster Management Organisation); the overall coordination taking place in Accra. Regional coordination, food security, wash, health&nutrition, education, shelter, logistics & supply - all chaired by a national bodies.
The Humanitarian community is mainly based in Tamale (Northern region) overseeing the 3 regions, with little permanent presence in the Upper East and Upper West regions to date. Although there is also an overall coordination mechanism at Accra level for the Humanitarian Community, the technical coordination for the 3 northern regions is in Tamale; not matching the Government's.
In a debriefing with OCHA HRSU, the conclusion was to strengthen sectors coordination in the 3 regions (risks of duplication and use of different standards were mentioned). Implying more permanent presence in all 3 regions (instead of lengthy commuting from Tamale). This may match Government's own mechanisms, but at the same time, become a very labour intensive activity vis a vis the scale of operation. Reinforced presence may speed-up delivery of goods still at district level.
The final assessment of the situation was that there was no need to activate the cluster approach as sector coordination was sufficient.
Please find the mission report attached.
Chad Logistics Cluster shaping up
The last logistics cluster meeting took place yesterday, Thursday 11 October, in Abeche. Principal points of discussion were concerns raised by the humanitarian community in view of the arrival of the EU troops, air service, the CAP 2008 logistics cluster input consolidation, the set-up of the logistics cluster in Chad, and the planned inter-agency LCA for Chad.
The humanitarian community concerned by the arrival of the EUFOR troops: the labour market may be influenced by EUFOR paying higher salaries to local staff; the cluster participants also thought that the arrival of EUFOR will have an impact on the infrastructure (roads, water supply, housing,..); confusion may arise for the local population between humanitarian organisations and EUFOR (EU logo for the agencies or NGOs founded by ECHO)
Air services: Questions remained on the humanitarian flights (HAS and Airserv). The logistics cluster will have to set up a channel of information between operators and humanitarian community.
CAP 2008 logistics cluster: The logistics cluster in Chad requests to the participants to propose logistics projects for 2008; the majority of identified projects so far relate to rehabilitation of road and airstrip; NGOs and UN organisations are still finalizing projects; projects will be handed to OCHA after compilation. Projects criteria: projects must be logistics activities, which fill one of the gaps identified by the humanitarian community and they must be related and advantageous to all the humanitarian community.
Logistics cluster position in Chad for 2008: The logistics cluster will build up a team in Chad of Information Management staff (based in Abeche) and logistics cluster coordinators (cluster coordination NDJ, Abeche, field). Principal objectives are to ensure the participation in the cluster of all the participants, to create/maintain mechanisms of coordination , to compile/diffuse information, to facilitate the interagency LCA, to represent the interests of the logistics cluster (local autorities, Inter-cluster, ...), and to prioritize activities of the logistics sector (gaps, assets, evaluation)
Logistics Capacity Assessment: The interagency LCA will be compiled for Chad; active involvement of the agencies and NGOs is necessary for the production of this LCA.
Please find attached the minutes from the last logistics cluster meeting in French.
Looking for staff deployment in Central African Republic
UNJLC and the Global Logistics Cluster Support Cell are urgently looking for an experienced French speaking Logistics Information Management Officer for C.A.R for an initial period of 2 months. Costs for the deployment will be covered by the global funds.
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To support its operations in C.A.R, the Logistics Cluster is looking for an experienced French speaking Logistics Information Management (IM) Officer based in Bangui. The IM Officer undertakes to collate, analyse and distribute information relevant to humanitarian logistics in the form of reports, bulletins and maps and makes these available in hard copy or on the Logistics Cluster website (http://www.logcluster.org) TORs attached.
Latest information on the flood relief operation in Uganda
As of 10 October, the WFP-led Logistics Cluster has airlifted a total of 32.1 MT of emergency relief, including 16.5 MT of food and 15.6 MT of non-food relief). 201 humanitarian personnel have been transported inaccessible locations. Over the past week, one MI-8 helicopter has been moving for food for WFP and NFIs for UNICEF and the Red Cross. Users are reminded to submit cargo movement requests (CMRs) at least 24 hours in advance in order to guarantee loading. A blank CMR can be found on the website.
Air operations: Two additional MI-8 helicopters are scheduled to arrive in-country over the weekend. Once the additional helicopters are operational, sling nets will be deployed to facilitate faster loading/unloading of cargo. This will considerably shorten the turn around time between missions and increase the amount of relief supplies delivered through the helicopter operation.
NFI storage capacity in Soroti is currently 50% full, with 250 square metres of space remaining available for additional NFI items. Agencies are reminded to submit their Temporary Storage Request (TSR) forms to the WFP led Logistics Cluster 24 hours prior to dispatching any cargo to Soroti.
Detailed maps, road condition updates and other information are available at the Logistics cluster website: http://www.logcluster.org/uganda-floods
Logistics Cluster meetings have continued in Kampala and Soroti. Please find attached the minutes from those meetings and a contact list.
Missions and events
- Second Logistics Response Team training planned 4-11 November 2007 in Brindisi, Italy
- Kevin Howley and Hugo VanVuuren are on mission in Uganda stationed in Kampala and Soroti respectively.
Jean-Francois Milhaud is in Chad working with the start up of the Logistics Cluster.
- Cluster Leads meeting in Geneva on 16-17 October, chaired by OCHA, co-chaired by WFP