The software development continues. Whilst very exciting, it is not an easy or predictable process. In December our developer announced that the completion of the development would be delayed until April based on complexities in the development that were not previously identified. We had expected a few delays and so applied for a no-cost extension on this project which has been approved meaning the software will still be completed within the project timeframe.
Hi! Let me introduce myself: my name is Zak, and I’m a tool created to provide clear information regarding the good management of livestock farming. Actually, it was right back in 1973 that my creator, Guy Van Vlaenderen, started trying to develop a suitable tool to analyse the performance of farmed animals in traditional environments in sub-Saharan Africa.
In refugee camps, agencies monitor performance of health services and impact of health interventions by reports of service provision, cases of illness (morbidity rates) and deaths (mortality rates) across the camp. Differences in access, use of services, and health status among refugees are not routinely measured. It is complex and expensive. Our project will provide this information using a different type of survey called Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) which uses small samples to measure if coverage of health services reaches pre-determined targets or not.
In January, the mVAM project reached an important milestone: after 6 months of preparations, we launched our live phone surveys in Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are now responding to WFP food security surveys by mobile phone.
In order to get the first round of calls started, Marie and the team spent a week in Goma to organise the distribution of mobile phones to respondents in the camp, training our two operators, and working through a ‘long list of loose ends’.
In addition to our ongoing core grant funding, based on open calls for applications, we are continually looking for new ways to provide targeted support to innovation, and this week sees an exciting new element to these efforts. The premise for this work is that there are particular areas of practice (which might be sectorial or thematic) that can be identified as offering scope for the development and testing of innovative products and processes.
Valentin Tocut, travelled to the Philippines on December 1st as part of the Johanniter International Assistance emergency response. Johanniter is one of Motivation’s partner organisations in the emergency wheelchair project, and Vali’s role was to establish an emergency wheelchair service. Here we talk to him about his experiences:
During and immediately following a sudden-onset crisis, one of the most critical priorities for both relief workers and affected populations is sending and receiving information. Yet language barriers frequently complicate this effort. Most recently, aid workers assisting survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines had to manage communications with and among populations that spoke three indigenous languages: Filipino (Tagalog), Waray-Waray, and Cebuano.
Before starting disinfection experiments in water we needed to have lots of Hepatitis E Virus viable particles to expose them to different treatments (chlorine, UV, flocculation…), in order to understand how effective they are towards this important pathogen causing recurrent epidemics in central Africa and Asia. Last month (Dec 2013) a new outbreak has been reported by WHO in Tanzania.
In the past months we have reached two important milestones in our project. First, we are very happy to announce that the Humanitarian Genome (HG) promotion clip is ready! You can watch the clip via http://youtu.be/JfrDd3W_Bcg
The setting-up of our call centres has been ongoing for the past few months in both countries. The most time consuming part has been the recruitment of the operators; the two operators for each area office will be on board in early January. Training of the operators will take place during January, after which the much-anticipated first round of calls can finally start.