IOM in the North Pacific at a Glance
IOM established its first office in the region in Majuro in May 2009. The opening of the sub-regional Head Office in Pohnpei followed a few months later. The FSM has been a member state since December 2011 and the RMI acceded to membership on 26 November, 2013.
PRESS BRIEFING NOTE
USAID Supports the Training of Emergency Responders in the Marshall Islands
Majuro, RMI – After an intensive workshop held from the 10th to 12th of April in Majuro, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, 30 representatives drawn from civil society partners, educational institutions and government agencies participated in the Essentials of Humanitarian Assistance and Logistics (EHA) Training conducted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Secretary, with the funding support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The training prepared participants to directly assist their communities in the event of a disaster and within existing government response frameworks and in support of USAID-led humanitarian efforts. The training introduced key humanitarian assistance concepts; outlined essential aspects of a rapid needs and damage assessment; humanitarian relief distributions; and deployment of temporary shelters, water harvesting systems, and other USAID pre-positioned humanitarian relief items. The overall aim of the training was to increase the capacity of the civil society partners that will work alongside, the local Governments, IOM and US Government in preserving lives and dignity of disaster victims.
The training also covered internationally recognized concepts and standards in humanitarian response, in sectors of shelter, water security, sanitation and hygiene, food and nutrition and other essential non-food-items. During the training, the participants were afforded the opportunity to gain familiarity with the pre-positioned supplies, through exercises involving the distribution of humanitarian relief items. The female and male participants also went head-to-head in a tent raising competition. The women enthusiastically proclaimed their victory, in which both teams were separated by only seconds. This training course will also be implemented in Ebeye and followed by a simulation exercises in the coming months.