Increasing local capacity is key to ensure continuity of operations in Bangladesh
Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 - 14:15

The continuous influx of Rohingya from Myanmar into Bangladesh has produced 607,000 refugees in Cox’s Bazar . The humanitarian community has mobilised to provide care to the displaced and to support the government in its effort to accommodate immediate needs and longer-term assistance.

Storage being key to sustain the large amount of relief items necessary for the humanitarian response has been identified by the Logistics Sector as a crucial area for assistance in Bangladesh. The Sector has therefore established a logistics hub with 16 Mobile Storage Units (MSUs) that will be providing common storage for up to 6,400 m3.

In addition, to ensure continuity of operations in the long-term, the Logistics Sector started offering a series of trainings aimed at increasing the responders’ capacity. The first training, covering MSU setup and maintenance, took place on 30 October, it consisted of classroom modules, which included videos on site preparation and MSUs set-up, and practical exercises to erect a 24x10 metre storage unit.

The training counted sixteen participants from ten different NGOs, namely: Save the Children, Handicap International, MedAir, Caritas Bangladesh, Oxfam, WHO, IFRC, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Solidarités International and ICRC.

“Our staff who attended the MSU training has significant experience in the subject, yet he found it very useful and was impressed by the quality of the theoretical as well as practical modules.” Said a representative of IFRC.

It is through this type of initiatives that the Logistics Cluster works to strengthen responders’ capacities to the benefit of individual organisations, but moreover to the benefit of the humanitarian community as a whole. In fact, participants can bring back the skills developed during these trainings to their own organisations, as well as applying them in the management of common logistics services.