Haiti is one of the most vulnerable countries in terms of natural disasters. However, one of the most important aspects in times of emergency is an adequate assessment of needs to provide a more effective humanitarian response. With funding from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Civil Protection and European Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), UNICEF is conducting a range of activities regrading emergency response related to water and sanitation. The training of WASH partners in evaluation tools is one of the areas of intervention.
Port-au-Prince, December 11, 2018- There were more than twenty representatives from partner organizations who participated in the training Multi-Cluster/Sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA), which aims to identify priorities humanitarian strategies in the first few weeks following an emergency.
The group was made up of partners from the water, hygiene and sanitation sector. Other trainings are planned for the other sectors and in other departments. The goal is to reach the actors who work most closely with communities. They will also receive training.
The exchanges were very lively. The interactive methodology allowed the participants to express their point of view, to ask the questions. At the end of the session, they expressed the wish to have other training of this type.
Obed Cazeau, Project Officer at Gadyen Dlo (Deep Spring International) explains that one of the difficulties encountered after a disaster is the lack of reliable data. He hopes the situation will change in Haiti with the MIRA methodology.
“This training will allow us to master this tool, when we will be in the field to collect information. I learned a lot during this day. The knowledge gained will be reinforced by practice, “he says.
The partners were trained on several points: the implementation of the MIRA methodology; the form to be completed, which will enable the collection of data which will then be sent to the Civil Protection Directorate (CPD); the practice of MIRA evaluation in the field.
“It was realized that in times of disaster, humanitarian actors did not have a joint needs assessment tool in their possession. To be able to determine the extent of the damage and then coordinate to provide an answer, “says Alix Nijimbere, reporting officer and lead trainer.
The MIRA form is a simple questionnaire that provides a first picture of needs in all sectors after a disaster: health, food security, water and sanitation, child protection, among others. It also provides information on the accessibility of affected areas, security and communication issues, among others. The MIRA assessment is a tool that will quickly enable humanitarian actors to understand the situation.
“The advantage of MIRA is that it is a device that is put in place before the shock, with the formation of lists, trained people, investigators and key information in the community so we know who to address, “concludes Alix Nijimbere.
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