Tropical Cyclone Harold, Tanna ashfall & Covid-19 response: Vanuatu - Situation Report No. 14 | 8 May 2020


Ending Violence Packages supported by DFAT via the AHP continues to be distributed. They provide information on safety and planning for managing and mitigating increased risks of gender-based violence in the aftermath of a disaster as well as referrals to support services. 137 Ending Violence Packages were distributed to community members in Vunavus, Vilijo and Tanavoli on 5 and 7 May.

Key messaging: COVID-19; gender & protection; and WASH key messaging has been delivered to community members during distributions, supporting 706 households by Start Fund.

Logistics: Additional tarps, hygiene kits, jerry cans, shelter tool kits and water purification tablets are now scheduled to arrive into Port Vila from Australia (via Fiji) on Tuesday 12 May. After undergoing appropriate disinfection procedures, these items will be freighted to Santo and incorporated into upcoming distributions across other South Santo Area 2 communities. WV is aiming to support the Government of Vanuatu with the distribution of a number of NFIs offered to organisations by the NDMO. If approved, WVV will work with the shelter cluster to ensure these additional NFIs reach those most urgently in need. WVV continues to work with WVA to determine ADF flight options for upcoming freighting of additional hygiene kits and jerry cans provided by UNICEF.

Pentecost response activities: Melsisi Market House is repaired through quick fixes via cash for work scheme: WVV response team has carried out initial community mobilisation, information and assessment visit at Melsisi. A detailed internal implementation plan and sub-budget have been developed; and procurement of materials and arrangements for freighting of items have commenced. Staff are re-deploying to Melsisi next week (w/c 11 May) to commence activities; conduct further community consultations; follow up infrastructure assessments; and identify suitable workforce and foreman.