Managing Humanitarian Logistics is a Complex Issue

11 October 2017

The accurate management of logistics and evacuation of affected groups in humanitarian settings is critical to avoid life threatening situations. This was one of the important principles discussed during a Humanitarian Logistics Training organized jointly by Ministry of Health, UNFPA Indonesia, and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Bogor, from 27-29 September 2017.

The training was part of UNFPA’s work to strengthen the resilience of national institutions, and to improve their effectiveness in transition settings.  The training also focused on preparedness to minimise the impact of natural and man-made disasters.

In emergency situations, UNFPA helps to protect vulnerable groups. “Provision of information and life-saving services on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and prevention of gender-based violence in the humanitarian settings are more difficult because often families and communities are separated, mechanisms for protection and service delivery are disrupted, and community support systems are broken down”, said Dr. Annette Sachs Robertson – UNFPA Representative in Indonesia.
 
To ensure essential services are maintained, the Ministry of Health has adopted Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) in Emergency. “Reproductive health information and services should be made available during and post emergency”, reiterated Dr. Eni Gustina, Director of Family Health, Ministry of Health. “We are facing challenges to provide SRH services in normal situations. These challenges may worsen during the emergency”, she added.
 
Managing humanitarian logistics is integral to the provision of SRH services and prevention of gender-based violence. The training addressed supply chain management systems including selection, procurement and quantification; warehousing and distribution; logistics management information; supply chain performance monitoring, and MISP. The training will facilitate trained partners understanding what is required for the timely distribution of lifesaving commodities and supplies to meet the SRH needs of women and girls and respond to gender-based violence. The training was facilitated by Mr. Johnny Abbas from UNFPA Geneva, and funded by the DFAT.