NRCS Newsletter January-March 2011

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DC communications capacity strengthened

Emergency communication capacity of the NRCS seven district chapters from mid west and far west Nepal strengthened through communications and media relations training. The districts were badly affected by acute watery diarrhea in 2009. In the training, the Red Cross staff and volunteers interacted on communications knowledge and skills so that they could report better and provide due importance to the Red Cross visibility. The participants shared about communication system in the Red Cross Movement, skills on emergency communication, media relations, visibility, and practiced on how to write feature, news, press release and capture good photographs. The training was organized at Dhangadi of Kailali district from 7- 8 January 2011.

Partnership for emergency response

The UNDP and the NRCS signed on a part of the micro-capital grant agreement for prepositioning 750 units of NFRI, 305 units each of WASH kits and shelter kits, and conducting fi rst aid training to fi rst responder of EOC (emergency operations centres), DMC and key humanitarian partners (96 members). The agreement is a part of the UNDP’s project “Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Programme” funded by the DFID to enhance the national emergency and seismic response capacity in Nepal through strengthening the effective operation of national, district, local and emergency operations facilities and data systems. According to the agreement, the NRCS trained 96 offi cials of the Nepal Government on the fi rst aid, and prepositioned NFRI and WASH kits.