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The Venezuelan Red Cross strengthens Humanitarian Supply Management using SUMA

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The disaster in Venezuela last December emphasized the need for the Venezuelan Red Cross, which carried out its humanitarian tasks using available resources, to be properly prepared to respond quickly and efficiently.
Undoubtedly, one of its main tasks has been to achieve transparency in managing supplies arriving from within the country as well as the international assistance from friendly governments and NGOs. To achieve this, they implemented the Humanitarian Supply Management System (SUMA) at its warehouses as a system to record donation management integrally.

As one of its priorities and with FUNDESUMA's technical support, a SUMA Training Workshop was planned for Red Cross workers, mainly those in the State delegations and related organizations. This was done as a disaster preparedness measure and as support to the activities that are already being performed with relief supplies, as listed below.

STATE OF MERIDA

Developed at the Universidad de los Andes, from 18 and 19 February, with participation of 19 volunteers from the delegations of Merida and Barinas, FUNDEM and the Aeronautical Fire Department.

STATE OF LARA

Developed at the Universidad Centroccidental Lizandro Alvarado, 22 and 23 February, with participation of 19 volunteers from the delegations o Lara, Acarigua - Araune, and Zulia, and with Civil Defense, Barquisimeto Fire Department, the Universidad Centroccidental Lizandro Alvarado and University (UNEXPO) Fire Departments.

STATE OF BOLIVAR

Developed at the Red Cross' Venezuelan Maternal-Infant Clinic, 25 and 26 February, with 15 volunteers from the Bolívar Delegation, the Barcelona Committee and the Tigre Committee from the State of Anzoátegi.

The participants thanked PAHO/WHO and FUNDESUMA for their cooperation and support, which allowed these events to take place. They also showed interest in continuing to receive training, such as the Comprehensive Emergency Supply Management Workshop (MISE), which has already been given in several countries. Therefore, the necessary coordination is being made to offer this training in the previously-mentioned states.

Noteworthy is the fact that the Venezuelan Red Cross has used its own funds to support most of the expenses for these activities, which clearly shows the high level institutional commitment for transparency in the management of international relief.