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
For immediate release - 6/3/13
U. S. Government Continues to Provide Drought Relief to Affected Atolls
Recently, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through International Office for Migration (IOM) provided 1,600 water containers with more than 8,000 gallons capacity, as well as 500 hygiene kits, and 2,000 water purification tablets to assist communities affected by the drought. Since the disaster declaration by the President of the RMI, USAID through IOM, in partnership with the Government of RMI, has distributed over 3,600 water containers, more than 1,200 hygiene kits and 10,000 water purification tablets. Local NGO Women United Together In The Marshall Islands (WUTMI) also participated in relief distribution and monitoring efforts.
In addition, USAID through IOM in coordination with the Majuro Water and Sewer Company (MWSC) continued to deploy Reverse Osmosis (RO) Units to the most vulnerable and drought impacted atolls. To date, a total of 16 RO units are made available to the MWSC to service communities in the Northern outer atolls and islands, providing the much needed support to boost drinking water supply. USAID/IOM partnership plans to retain eight of the portable RO units in a warehouse as part of the long-term strategy to support water security and disaster resilience for the region.