Deployment of Humanitarian Relief Experts in Response
to Typhoon Haiyen, Philippines
CANADEM is responding to the humanitarian crisis in the Philippines through the rapid deployment of Humanitarian Reflief Experts in Response to Typhoon Haiyen.
On 8-November-2013, Typhoon Haiyan, a category 5 tropical storm, swept through the Philippines, a densely populated country of 92 million people, wreaking devastation in 36 provinces. Many cities and towns experienced widespread destruction, with as much as 90 per cent of housing destroyed in some areas. Roads have been blocked, airports and seaports have been damaged, and heavy ships have been thrown inland. The typhoon also severed water and power supplies and ravaged food stocks and other critical goods. Public health facilities are struggling to provide services and their medical supplies are quickly depleting.
In November, CANADEM deployed a Child Protection Officerwith UNICEF in Bohol, Philippines.
The Child Protection Officer will work with UNICEF field staff and the Philippines Government to support the leadership and capacity of child protection coordination mechanisms, and ensuring effective and results-oriented processes. In addition to this the consultant will work to establish two-way communication channels between regional, national and sub-national levels to promote and strengthen a more standardized child protection response across all affected areas. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.
CANADEM also deployed an Information Management Officer to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Manila, Philippines with travel to other parts of the country as a member of the Emergency Humanitarian Action team.
The Information Management Officer will work closely with the Technical Officer for Emergency and Humanitarian Action and the Health Cluster Coordinators to help coordinate information coming from teams supporting crisis response in the country. This data collection will feed into various situation reports, including generating output and outcome indicators adopted by the WHO Health CERF projects. This deployment was seconded through our DFATD-funded Stand-by Partnership Program: RAP-Fund.
CANADEM will continue to work with our UN and international Partners to respond to the crisis through the generous contributions from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and the Department for International Development (DFID).
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