Preparedness Mission in Guinea
At the request of the Government of Guinea and the UN Resident Coordinator, an inter-agency mission is currently underway to conduct National Capacity Assessment in emergency preparedness for response, including disaster risk reduction. A national United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) member from Senegal has been deployed to look at Urban Search and Rescue aspects, along with a Finnish expert deployed by the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism, and one from Belgium who is looking specifically at the emergency medical component. This mission, coordinated by OCHA Regional Office for West and Central Africa and the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI), started on 8 March and is expected to end on 18 March. The team, composed of staff from UN agencies and NGOs, will be visiting three different locations in Guinea and will provide recommendations to the government on how to strengthen their national capacities regarding emergency preparedness and response and disaster risk reduction.