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close this bookMeeting the Humanitarian Challenge - UNV's Work Between Conflict and Development (United Nations Volunteers, 44 p.)
close this folderUNV humanitarian action in the field: Effort and impact
View the documentThe link to development: UNDP's strategic role
View the documentSupporting field coordination of response to complex emergencies
View the documentIdentifying the neediest and their survival strategies
View the documentRe-focusing and fine-tuning relief efforts
View the documentDelivery of urgent relief supplies to emergency victims
View the documentShelter and services for refugees and displacees
View the documentRepatriation/return of refugees and displacees
View the documentMonitoring and promoting respect for human rights, and enabling protection
View the documentConfidence- and capacity-building at community level
View the documentPreventing conflict and mending bridges between communities
View the documentFocusing on the special needs of women and vulnerable groups
View the documentEducation as therapy and for employment
View the documentRestoring food self-sufficiency
View the documentRebuilding primary health care and preventing epidemics
View the documentDeveloping new opportunities for sustainable recovery

Delivery of urgent relief supplies to emergency victims

Access to victims of complex emergencies is a critical issue in many situations. UNVs in Angola have helped to keep peace-corridors open for the delivery of vital relief supplies. In Somalia, a team of UNV Air Traffic Controllers and other UNV navigation and safety specialists from neighbouring countries played a crucial role for ICAO in re-opening Mogadishu airport to cargo traffic, and in expanding flight schedules to accommodate airlifts for delivery of food relief at the height of the recent famine.

Far from home, Peter Mueti (Kenya) has become a veteran UNV specialist in relief operations and logistics. After serving in Afghanistan for some years ensuring relief supplies arrived at their isolated destinations, he went on to the former Yugoslavia, where he served as escort officer on UNHCR-run relief convoys to Sarajevo, in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Later he moved to Podgorica, Montenegro, and organized warehouses, distribution plans, and coordination with the Montenegrin Red Cross, for deliveries of 21,000 MT of food and other materials, including 17,000 MT to 21 municipalities for 67,500 refugees. He also pre-positioned items for anticipated influxes of new refugees.

Additionally, since the Gulf War in 1990, UNVs have been providing essential services in water and sanitation, nutrition, food aid monitoring, etc. through UNHCR, WFP, WHO, UNICEF and other UN agencies, to the Kurdish population in the north of Iraq.

At their briefing for work in ex-Yugoslavia, and accompanied by UNV's Francis O'Donnell (right), UNVs met UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mme. Sadako Ogata (Photo: UNV/Eva Leon-Hing)