This post covers the results of our first phone survey rounds in Goma, as well as updates on response rates. Food consuption worsens in Mugunga 3 Camp as assistance is suspended.
The data shows that more households have become food insecure since our baseline survey began in November 2013. The dietary diversity of the households has declined—last November, IDPs were eating maize every day but during this February and March, it was rarely consumed. Furthermore, it appears that most households have switched to cassava.
The revised project proposal incorporating all the changes and recommendations from the NGOAB and Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief with the corresponding budget was submitted to HIF for approval. In the meantime, the project team and its partners continued with their efforts to garner the necessary Ministerial approval. However it became evident that with the preparation for the upcoming general elections in January 2014, any action pertaining to the decision making and approval of the project will only commence after the elections.
The project team met with all its partners and agreed to terminate its MOUs with CGC and SSD Tech as their roles had become redundant with the introduction of new operating modalities and the changing operational context. The decision was taken and executed in a transparent and participatory manner with the appropriate consent of all the relevant parties concerned.
What a month it has been for Translators without Borders’ Words of Relief team! With our team in place in Nairobi, Kenya, where we are piloting the Words of Relief concept, the fact finding stage began in earnest. Our goal: To make sure the first-ever translation crisis relief network that we are designing for aid organizations actually meets their needs.
MEDBOX is gaining momentum. Asides from initiating innovative checklists and survey tools, over 1000 documents, of relevance for humanitarian assistance, have now been uploaded to MEDBOX's open source, online library. During a recent field trip to the Syrian border in Turkey, MEDBOX had been promoted to international and Turkish NGOs working on refugee health. In addition, MEDOX was presented during the Annual Congress of the German Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health in during March 2014.
Suzanne has worked for Abadosinye, a community based organisation in Kabare, South Kivu, for two years. She became involved after seeing women suffering and wanted to help. Abadosinye means “people who consult one another before acting” in Maashi, the local language.
With support from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, a programme managed by ELRHA, the earthquake risk and remittances research project from Practical Action and the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC) began in February 2014. This research project will look at the possible links between migrant remittances and earthquake risk, particularly through building construction practices.
The first field test of the Rapid Assessment Method for older people (RAM-OP) has been completed in Addis Ababa, from 18th February to 4th March.
RAM-OP is an innovative method of assessing the nutritional needs of older people in emergencies that could offer a quicker, less expensive alternative to the SMART (Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transitions) methodology, which is in wide use in the humanitarian sector.