Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands earthquake and tsunami response program 17 May 2007

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Where: Gizo camps, both in town and on the southern coast

People targeted: 3,500+ people

Funding: SBD $2 million+, includes funding from AusAid and NZAid

Objectives:

1) To restore and improve access to water and sanitation facilities in the Gizo area affected by the April 2007 earthquake and tsunami.

2) To support provision of emergency shelter needs and develop longer term program to move from emergency shelter to transitional shelter to more permanent shelter.

3) To reduce the incidence of water borne disease through a integrating a public health and hygiene response into water and sanitation activities.

4) To support local authorities, particularly the Ministry of Health and rural water supply and sanitation services to coordinate and implement response and rehabilitation activities.


Activities & Achievements 12th – 14th May:
Plans for 15th-16th May
Access to water
Completed construction of rainwater harvesting systems including those at at Pailoge and Titiana multi-purpose community buildings

Lobby PWD to start trucking this water to camps
stall second and third tank at SIEA dam site to increase storage to over 10,000 litres and therefore to increase water available for trucking (flow at spring is approx. 1200 litres per hour therefore tanks will refill overnight)
Sanitation
Continued completion of latrines at New Mandra, Titiana, Nusa Baruka and other camps

Continue production of leaf walling panels and construction of latrine superstructures according to cultural norms
Continue completion of latrines at New Mandra, Titiana, Nusa Baruka and other camps

Continue production of leaf walling panels and construction of latrine superstructures according to cultural norms
Public health promotion
Preparation for the week’s PHP sessions in Playsafe areas

Ongoing camp monitoring and reporting of problems to water and sanitation team
PHP sessions in Playsafe areas at Babylon, Jah Mountain 1, Bahai, Emmanuel, New Mandra, Titiana 1 and Titiana 2 camps

Ongoing camp monitoring and reporting of problems to water and sanitation team
Shelter
Continued construction of second multi-purpose shelter at Titiana camp and began construction of third multi purpose shelter at Mile 6

Distribution of 15 tents according to requests received through PDC

Plan developed for distribution of tents and shelter repair kits through community targeting
Remaining tents to arrive in Gizo

Distribution of tents to approx. 50 government workers from outside health sector

Continue distribution of tents according to requests received through PDC
Gender
In the process of contracting a full-time, focused health promotion team from existing pool of volunteers with a higher percentage of female staff Second (female) community mobiliser – able to liaise between technical teams (water, sanitation and shelter) and communities – starts work
Other Work
Began to move into new office and to move stock into new warehouse

Gizo Office Manager (to manage administration, finance and logistics) started work

Temporary driver started work
Community mobilisers to initiate formation of representative camp committees for purpose of water, sanitation and shelter work or to link with existing committees where possible

Complete move into new office and move of stock into new warehouse

Handover of team leader role to Peter Wopereis