- The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) completed a two-week mission to Aden to restore the Very High Frequency (VHF) security telecommunications system in Aden as the main repeater was down.
- The ETC developed a Common Feedback Mechanism (CFM) together with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Head south from Scorpion Junction (Al Aqrab) on the road from Erbil and you’ll come across the Athbah trauma field hospital, just 15km from the frontlines of west Mosul that was established to treat casualties from the city. It is a sand-coloured complex, blending in well with its dusty environment. At the back of the hospital compound are two small containers that make up the International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP) overnight camp that will be used to sleep a maximum of nine UN staff.
Today’s global challenges continue to grow. We currently have five ongoing emergencies ranked at the highest level of operational complexity and urgency in Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan, in the Syria region and Yemen. While the majority of these are conflict emergencies, the frequency of natural disasters is also on the rise – with Cyclone Winston hitting Fiji in February 2016 and Hurricane Matthew striking Haiti last October. The need to strengthen preparedness and resilience is becoming more and more critical.