Hot, dry air blows in our faces as soon as the door of the plane opens. We’ve just landed on a small airstrip in an area where famine was recently declared by the UN.
I look around. The soil has deep cracks and the fields look yellow. I don’t see any crops, or even the remains of crops. Due to repeated displacement, people were unable to plant their crops; the few who did plant lost their harvest due to floods.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, 24 April 2017 - On 25 April 2015, a massive earthquake in Ghorka, Nepal, followed by another devastating one on 12 May, killed nearly 9,000 people and injured over 21,000. More than 600,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. Medair's emergency team arrived within 48 hours and distributed shelter kits to 10,135 families. Since then, Medair has supported thousands of other Nepalese through various shelter projects, alongside Integral Alliance partner Mission East.
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Lausanne, 08 March 2017 – Tropical cyclone Enawo made landfall yesterday, Tuesday 7 March in Ampahana, on the northeastern coast of Madagascar, resulting in significant wind damage and flooding. Prior to landfall, the storm’s winds strengthened and reached 200km/h to 250km/h, making this one of the strongest storms to hit Madagascar in the last five years.
The eye of the storm passed through the districts of Maroantsetra and Mananara-Nord, among others, where so far four people have been killed.
Lausanne, 21 February 2017 – East Africa, and in particular the Horn of Africa, has been in a state of crisis for a good part of the 21st century. However, the UN’s official announcement yesterday declaring a state of famine in several areas of South Sudan underlines the extreme severity of the humanitarian situation.
Medair has been active in East Africa for the past 23 years, delivering critical and emergency health and nutrition aid to South Sudan and Somalia.
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Improve the overall health situation of the target population. This involves providing technical support as well as direct implementation of quality medical services within the health and nutrition interventions and contributing to the achievement of proposal objectives within the planned timescale and budget, for the areas of responsibility within the health project.
Develop, lead, monitor and evaluate the GIS Mapping project. This involves managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget with a focus on technology development, training and coordination outside Medair.
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Officer oversees and supports the ICT aspects of the programme. On a day-to-day basis this involves managing the IT and communication equipment to ensure it is used effectively within the programme, as well as providing advice, guidance and training on ICT issues to the rest of the team.
Oversee all programme and support activities in-country. Representing Medair in all issues relating to the country programme, the Country Director (CD) plays a key role in donor relations, security management and manages the country strategy and the project implementation in conjunction with senior field managers.
Produce communication and fundraising resources and pursue media opportunities and exposure. Given the high importance of private, in addition to institutional, funding, the role is essential in ensuring that Medair raises the financial support and awareness necessary to achieve its mission. Work in close contact with the Headquarters (HQ) and its Affiliates and advise the field teams in dealing with external communication. Monitor visibility in the field and support the internal communications of the programme.