Strengthening government preparedness and response to disasters through Red Cross logistics development

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Moderator – Juan Galvez, IFRC Global Logistics Manager

Country level discussion 1 – Catherine J. Larracas, PMER Manager & Wilson Alegado, Warehouse Manager (OIC) Philippine RC

Country level discussion 2 – Sunia Ratulevu, Fiji NDMO Principal Policy & MNE

NSLD – Riku Ässämäki, IFRC APRO Logistics Development coorinator

IDRL – Pauline Caspellan-Arce, IFRC Southeast DL Adviser

PER – Carla Taylor, IFRC CCD Suva Disaster Risk Management Coordinator

Objectives and Summary:

The objective of this Focus Session is to illustrate how Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies in Southeast Asia and beyond are strengthening their logistics capacity as key local actors, to better support governments and work alongside the wider logistics community to ensure fast and effective humanitarian response.

During this focus session we will explain the current context/challenges of COVID-19, i.e., the closure of borders resulted in difficulty of importing of operations people and Health professionals with specialized skill to deal with the Pandemic, and seasonal and ongoing hazards. This experience necessitated the need for countries to look internally, to locally source goods and services to support its response to COVID 19, and to review regulations and procedures to safely admit people and relief items.

The NS through its auxiliary role to Government in the Humanitarian sphere and traditional role as disaster responders, was one of the key organization’s which supported Asia Pacific Governments in response to COVID and disasters that occurred during the ongoing COVID 19 Pandemic.

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