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2010 Dec 07 Logistics Minutes and Situation Report

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Here I share highlights which I think may be of interest to MPHISE.  I encourage you to download your own copy of the PDF since there’s lots more content there.

  • o        Participants: Action Contre la Faim (ACF), Action Aid, Christliche BlindenMission (CBM), Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, US Gov), CHF, Federation Lutherienne Mondiale (FLM/LWF), GrassRoots United, Handicap International/Atlas Logistique, Heart to Heart International, IFRC, International Dispensary Association (IDA Foundation), International Organisation for Migration (IOM), International Relief and Development (IRD), Jenkins/Penn Haitian Relief Organisation (J/P HRO), Malteser International, Merlin, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Omega Kingdom Ministry, Orphan’s International Helpline (OIH), Oxfam GB, Plan International, Samaritan’s Purse, Save the Children, UNFPA, UNOCHA, USAID/OFDA and US Embassy. 
  • o        Various problems reported by various different NGOs, for which solutions figured out, implemented, progress reported on in the minutes. 
  • o        Here’s an example of an identified problem: 
  • o        Humanitarian shipments arriving at the airport in Port-au-Prince by commercial companies are not being taken care of by the airport operators. They remain at the ramp, and organisations are not being informed about their arrival.
  • o        Here’s what they plan to do about the above: 
  • o        The Logistics Cluster is looking at the possibility of establishing a small Customs bounded warehouse at the airport. Logistics Cluster staff will directly liaise with the handling companies and inform organisations as soon as a shipment arrives, and will also assist with customs facilitation and liaising with the broker. This proposal is currently being discussed with relevant authorities.  
  • o        Here’s another example of an identified problem:
  • o        Congestion at the port is a structural problem. The pier is still partly damaged, there are not sufficient cranes and other container handling equipment available, and often commercial containers are being stacked with containers with humanitarian cargo. Hence it can take several weeks to get humanitarian goods released from the port.
  • o        Here’s what they plan to do about the above:
  • o        The Logistics Cluster will try to negotiate a reserved area/ separate yard at the port for containers with humanitarian cargo, away from the commercial containers.  
  • o       There are announcements of general interest.  For example:
  • o        IOM advises they have Personal Protection Kits, donated by USAID, in their warehouse and interested organisation can get in touch with IOM.  
  • o       Here is a PROMESS stock overview
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  • o        Questions get asked by some NGOs, GoH representatives, and UN authorities, which are then answered by each other to best of their ability.  For example there was some give and take about the level of coordination in terms of setting up CTCs, and problems faced in the process. 
  • o        Information updates are shared from authorities handling the cholera outbreak, what the death toll now and how much worse think it may get. 
  • o        They review statistics on transportation capability (by road, barge, helicopter)  A separate section clarifies ambulances and transport of bodies.
  • o       There’s a serious problem (six month delay) in getting registration and insurance for ambulances.  People are advised to get ordinary license plates since Haiti has run out of those supplied to medical vehicles.
  • o        The Direction de la Protection Civile (DPC) offered support in speeding up this process.
  • o        Change in logistics warehousing:
  • o        The Logistics Cluster open storage site in Croix des Bouquets, where organisations can setup and manage their own Mobile Storage Units, will be closed on 31 December. This site was established on the road to Malpasse/Jimani border crossing at the beginning of the year, when the majority of earthquake relief items entered the country from the Dominican Republic. The location is not suitable for the Cholera response, where relief items are being imported through the air- and seaport in Port-au-Prince, hence, a new storage site will be established closer to the city, in Tabarre1, where there is already a WFP warehouse.
  • o        Two of the Mobile Storage Units (MSUs), which arrived from Panama earlier this month, will be transported to Petit Goave; two more will be erected in the IOM compound in Port-au-Prince to store the NFI incoming pipeline for the Cholera response.
  • o        New Road Condition Maps are on the Logistics website:
  • o        Next meeting: Tuesday, 14 December 2010, at 09:30h, UNFPA Conference Room, LogBase, Port-au-Prince.