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Field Ready: Passing on our skills...

Field Ready aims to address gaps in disaster relief logistical supply chains by bringing 3D printing to the field in order to achieve smaller and faster manufacturing approaches. This month, Dara Dotz and Danielle Perretty are back in Port-au-Prince to further test our approach.  The focus is on printing and passing on the basic skills to others.

“Preparing for the external launch…”

Minimum Reporting Package - dissemination of tools and key advocacy messages -  has been busy throughout November with preparations for the external launch of CMAM Report. The e-learning tool was completely redesigned and updated to match the latest version of the software. We soft-launched this tool with current partners alongside with the updated software manuals and the newly developed video tutorials in order to get feedback before the external launch.

Can we use SMS for food security surveys in a Congolese IDP camp?

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Almost one year into data collection, we are now fairly confident that live voice calls, placed by operators, are a good way to stay in touch with people in the extremely vulnerable communities we work with.  Since January 2014, we have been able to conduct monthly rounds of phone surveys typically reaching between half and two-thirds of selected respondents, while collecting data of good quality. However, it’s not yet clear if either IVR or SMS offer the same advantages in our pilot contexts.

Response rates to voice calls, DR Congo

Comparing RAM-OP with SMART

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RAM-OP: Comparing RAM-OP with SMART from the second field test, December 2014

HelpAge International, Valid International and Brixton Health are developing an innovative method of assessing the needs of older people in emergencies, including their nutritional needs. The Rapid Assessment Method for Older People (RAM-OP) is meant to offer a simple, quick, reliable, robust and cost effective method for assessing the nutritional status and vulnerabilities of older people in emergencies.

Strategizing

Save the Children organised a week-long workshop in Mexico for key regional and country programmes’ staff to discuss the situations of violence in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.

The outcome was to create a theory of change that responds to the causes, dynamics and effects of violence in order to develop more in-depth programmatic strategies at both country and regional levels.

Three types of activities were highlighted in the preliminary plan that was developed:

TRANSLATING TO SAVE LIVES

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When a disaster strikes, people need timely and accurate emergency information. They need their anxiety calmed; they need to know what to do and how to protect themselves. It’s for this reason that Words of Relief has created and trained a Spider Network of rapid response translators. The translators are drawn from 11 key geographical areas in Kenya that are prone to disasters. These volunteer translators, who were trained by TWB Kenya in September, represent 11 languages that are commonly spoken in the selected regions.

Practical Action on Reflection: "Understanding the role of remittances in reducing risk to earthquakes"

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The research project on "Understanding the role of remittances in reducing risk to earthquakes" implemented jointly by Practical Action and Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC) is now complete. This has been possible through the funding support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, a programme managed by ELRHA.  This study is the first of its kind globally and in Nepal, which has directly looked into the relationship between remittances and disaster risk.

Focusing in on CPT

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With support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, the International Rescue Committee is piloting Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) in eastern DRC, a targeted mental health therapy that gives survivors of sexual violence a new way to manage distressing thoughts and overcome trauma.

Nearing the end of the implementation of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), the IRC South Kivu Psychosocial Team sat down with four of South Kivu’s Provincial Mental Health Program Coordination’s CPT focal points to see how the programme was going. 

RAM-OP: Comparing RAM-OP with SMART from the first field test, November 2014

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HelpAge International, Valid International and Brixton Health are developing an innovative method of assessing the needs of older people in emergencies, including their nutritional needs. The Rapid Assessment Method for Older People (RAM-OP) is meant to offer a simple, quick, reliable, robust and cost effective method for assessing the nutritional status and vulnerabilities of older people in emergencies.

The Need for Disaster Microinsurance for Local Market Recovery

 

The innovation is a small business disaster microinsurance programme to enhance recovery of local markets that play a critical role in providing goods and services to disaster-affected populations in urban settings.

Resilience of small businesses at the local level

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