UNDAC participation in Preparedness Missions
UNDAC members have been deployed this years to two Interagency Assessment missions in Africa coordinated by the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI). The first one in March at the request of the Government of Guinea and the UN Resident Coordinator, with the participation of one UNDAC member from Senegal who looked at Urban Search and Rescue aspects, along with a Finnish expert deployed by the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism, and one from Belgium who looked specifically at the emergency medical component. The second mission took place last July in Namibia with the participation of UNDAC members from Mozambique, South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, Estonia and Germany. Both teams spent their time collecting data and analysing the existing capacity before providing recommendations to governments on how to strengthen their national capacities regarding emergency preparedness and response and disaster risk reduction.