Authorities in Doha stated on Friday that Qatar and France discussed various ways to cooperate in efforts to offer humanitarian relief and development support to the Syrian people.


Brigitte Curmi, France's Special Envoy for Syria, spoke with officials from Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Qatar Fund for Development, Education Above All, Qatar Charity, and France's ambassador to Qatar, MOFA stated in a statement.


No other information was revealed on the collaborative initiatives, but the meetings take place as Syria and Turkey, the country that mostly supports the military and political opposition in Syria, move closer to one another. 


Before an official "presidential summit" is convened, officials have been back and forth since the Turkish and Syrian defence ministers met in Moscow in late December.


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A number of African nations experiencing a food crisis, local conflicts, and displaced people have received an additional 25.5 million euros ($27.4 million) in humanitarian help from the European Union, the European Commission announced on Thursday.


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In response to the disastrous floods that struck Pakistan last year and left 1,739 people dead and 33 million people impacted, the United States has offered an additional USD 100 million for its recovery and rehabilitation efforts. Ned Price, a spokesperson for the State Department, told reporters at a press conference held here on Monday that humanitarian aid will also be included in the financing to support flood relief and recovery operations in refugee-hosting communities.


"I am pleased to share that today the United States announced an additional USD 100 million of recovery and reconstruction funding, bringing our total contribution to over USD 200 million," he said. According to Price, the additional USD 100 million in financing would be used for infrastructure rehabilitation, disease surveillance, economic growth, renewable energy, and food security as well as flood prevention and governance. 


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(Beirut) – Turkish airstrikes since November 20, 2022, are inflicting damage on densely populated areas and critical infrastructure across north and northeast Syria and exacerbating an already catastrophic humanitarian crisis for Kurds, Arabs, and other communities in the region, Human Rights Watch said today.


The strikes have displaced families, caused significant power cuts and fuel shortages, forced aid organizations to temporarily suspend certain activities, and led to school and work disruptions, international humanitarian workers and local residents told Human Rights Watch. The NES NGO forum, the lead coordination body for nongovernmental organizations working in northeast Syria, warned in a November 25 statement of the harm that targeting energy infrastructure could have on the environment and on the current water crisis in the region.


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Wings For Aid recently dropped 18 boxes from an elevation of 100m, including two boxes holding raw eggs, all of which survived unharmed. 


The test was conducted at a Dutch airbase as part of the charity's development of the notion of giving critical relief to those cut off from domestic supply.


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This year, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and humanitarian partners have seen a significant increase in the number of people attempting perilous Andaman Sea crossings. 


 


From January to November 2022, 1,920 people, mostly Rohingya, travelled by sea from Myanmar and Bangladesh, compared to only 287 in 2021, a more than sixfold increase. 


 


The UNHCR warns that attempting these journeys exposes people to grave risks and fatal outcomes. This year alone, 119 people have been reported dead or missing on these journeys. 


 


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The Pakistani government has declared a national emergency as rain-induced floods have so far killed 937 people, including 343 children, and left at least 30 million without shelter.


Sindh Province reported the highest number of deaths as 306 people lost their lives due to floods and rain-related incidents from June 14 to Thursday, according to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).


Balochistan reported 234 deaths whereas Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab Province recorded 185 and 165 deaths, respectively. In Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, 37 people were killed while nine deaths were reported in the Gilgit-Baltistan region during the current monsoon rains.


According to the NDMA, Pakistan received 166.8 mm of rain in August, as opposed to the average of 48 mm - an increase of 241 per cent.


Sindh and Balochistan - the worst-hit regions - witnessed a 784 per cent and 496 per cent increase in the monsoon deluge respectively, the Former Director Logistics Moin Khan reported.


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Read our interview with Moin Khan about the humanitarian aid response across the country and the Balochistan region


Pakistan has faced exceptionally heavy rainfall this year, a situation that has led to major flooding across the country, causing deaths and catastrophic damage. The southern province of Balochistan has been hit particularly hard. We spoke with Moin Khan, Former Logistics Response Director with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), about efforts to coordinate humanitarian aid across the region. 


Flash floods and landslides


The heavy rains started in late June, the start of the traditional monsoon season. However, the country quickly saw a 60% increase in its total monsoon rainfall in just three weeks, leading to flash floods and landslides in many regions. Although the effects of heavy rain have historically been confined to the southern Punjab region, this period of severe weather has now affected the whole country.


“This has disrupted life for people all over Pakistan,” said Moin. “We did not expect it would get this bad.”


Initially the government’s response was to rely on local NGOs to provide relief to affected areas. “Some provinces were better prepared than others. It became clear to us that Balochistan needed extra help.” 


One of the major challenges the PRCS and other humanitarian actors faced with moving supplies across the region were the damaged roads. The rainfall had brought about major flooding and landslides, which caused extreme damage to the country’s road network. 


“These are in a bad state of repair, and bridges are down, so moving across these has made it difficult to reach affected areas. This has also been making it difficult to reach the camps across the area, which are spread out,” said Moin. “We have to consider safety too.”


Whilst the region’s largest city Quetta hosts a Humanitarian Response Facility, or logistics supply warehouse, the challenge for Moin and his team was to quickly and effectively distribute food and basic necessities via the dangerous road networks.


“We started to use lighter loads on trucks. This helped us to move supplies around the region easier.”


Welcoming international aid


The Pakistani government launched an official humanitarian aid appeal on 5 August, inviting international NGOs to enter the country and provide relief assistance to the population. Responding organisations included Islamic Relief and Muslim Hands amongst others.


This decision by the government also meant that these organisations could move relief goods and supplies around the country without the need for permits and NoC, easing the provision of aid to affected areas.


Moin said that the government’s decision to make exceptions for these NGOs was a profound one. Working with both local and international NGOs allowed him and his team to manage a quick response.


“When international NGOs were invited into Pakistan, the Government of Baluchistan offered our storage and warehouse spaces for them to use. Although the challenge is still there to move supplies from Quetta to the smaller local hubs, they are able to go in and help. Which is good!”


An ongoing situation


Recent World Food Programme statistics state that this bout of adverse weather has impacted 1,087,654 people across four provinces, with 649 people dead and 1,030 injured. Nearly 30,000 households are in need of immediate food and shelter.


Whilst the rains are expected to ease later in August, aid and assistance is still needed in the affected areas. The small central team that Moin manages at the PRCS operates at both a local and national level, with a network of disaster management leads in each district.


“This means we can more easily control the whole situation,” says Moin. The PRCS are planning to continue supporting affected areas with priority hygiene care, and helping international NGO operations on the ground by providing expert local area information.


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Find more information about the relief effort by visiting PDMA Balochistan for general updates and local needs for food and water. The site is updated in real time and, along with the phone line, is linked to the 24/7 control room.


Prior to joining the PRCS, Moin Khan spent time in the Pakistan military and airforce, helping with commercial logistics. Alongside working on local responses, he has supported neighbouring countries with disaster management logistics. You can contact Moin directly to find out more through our Member Zone.



HLA are pleased to announce that we have partnered with trellyz, Microsoft, WCA (World Cargo Alliance), Distribute Aid and others in an open coalition to encourage our members to use the trellyz Logistics Hub to speed aid to organisations responding to the Ukraine crisis.

The Logistics Hub enables those with goods to list their offers and donations, those with needs to list their needs, and logistics companies to offer transport and logistics options. In the first of it kind multi-entity platform that enables visibility of the humanitarian supply chain, by location and in real time.

The Hub is free to use until next year and so HLA urges our members with aid and supplies to register now to use this platform. As the platform is global, any organisation with significant quantities of aid or donations can make offers of supplies to the organizations in border countries to Ukraine.

Although the platform is launching next week, it has been used in Emergency Management for more than two years for networks of organisations working across borders to respond to disasters. It is now open for the Ukraine response, which is drawing support from around the world.

We will be working with the trellyz team to onboard new users. trellyz will be scheduling demos next week and we encourage you to learn more by reaching out to trellyz at [email protected]. This one page description can be forwarded to others who might benefit from being part of our open coalition approach to solving many humanitarian supply chain challenges.


 



 



A joint communication by
Humanitarian Logistics Association
And
Pharma.Aero


London / Brussels 07 April 2022


Raising awareness about unsolicited donations for Ukraine


There are currently many initiatives to assist in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and surrounding European countries of Poland, Romania, Czechia, and Hungary. It is critical that logistics initiatives are coordinated with nationally supported platforms in those countries. 


Currently these countries are overwhelmed with unsolicited supplies originating from around the world, which is having the unintentional effect of hampering the logistics operations to the crisis zones. 


Funds are urgently needed to help with information sharing to support networks that are procuring vital hygiene and medical supplies for refugees fleeing from the conflict.


The Humanitarian Logistics Association is being supported in their information campaign by Pharma.Aero to communicate about the need to ensure that appropriate donations are provided. The wrong donation at the wrong time can disrupt response efforts by congesting ports, airports, and entry points, and may compete with priority relief items for transport and storage. 


Pharma.Aero and the Humanitarian Logistics Association call upon our members and networks to:
• engage with national response teams, local civil society organisations and local charities to supplement their planning, logistics and communication efforts.
• advocate for improved coordination between stakeholders to minimise duplicated effort and maximize support to refugees.
• support fundraising efforts for initiatives that are making a real difference on the ground.


Pharma.Aero supports the Humanitarian Logistics Association in their action to raise funds for different initiatives within these affected countries.


For more information and further links, please visit www.humanitarianlogistics.org/donate