In the first half of 2018, two Tropical Cyclones struck Madagascar: Ava and Eliakim. Cyclone Ava affected 161,000 people and Cyclone Eliakim affected 51,000 people (Source: OCHA - Madagascar: Humanitarian Snapshot). During these two disasters, Madagascar Private Sector Humanitarian Platform (PSHP) members attended all the cluster meetings and National Disaster Risk Management platform meetings, in order to be aware of the situation and for an effective mobilisation. PSHP members undertook sectorial response and recovery activities: damage assessment on telecommunication infrastructure (network, optic fibre, internet), distribution of food and non-food relief items, provided sheet metal for the rehabilitation of destroyed huts, upgraded the internet outflow of the National Bureau of Disaster Management (Le Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et Catastrophes (BNGRC)) with support from the Telma Foundation to effectively share information about the cyclone, and participation in the development of the post-cyclone communication strategy.
Following activities in 2017, PSHP members have continued to raise awareness among their employees on the plague outbreak. By April 2018, there had been 64 cases and 20 people have been killed by the plague in Madagascar (Source: OCHA - Madagascar: Humanitarian Snapshot). PSHP has set up a working group to compile good practices implemented by the PSHP members during the epidemic. The working group will prepare standard tools by which companies can remain operational while facing an epidemic. The network has also been engaged with the public sector to update the National Business Continuity Plan for disease outbreaks. In July, the PSHP members have been invited to a workshop organized by WHO to present the results of the After Action Review (AAR) of the emergency response to the epidemic of pulmonary plague in Madagascar.
One of the most important activities of the first half of 2018 is the establishment of the Private Sector Humanitarian Platform in the Indian Ocean region. The first phase of this mission took place in Mauritius and was aimed at meeting the local private sector, the entities in charge of Disaster Risk Management and the Indian Ocean Commission (COI), who declared their readiness to support and to engage in this platform. In the coming weeks, a major workshop will be organised by the Mauritian authorities with all the stakeholders in Disaster Risk Management in the Indian Ocean, for wide dissemination of the Madagascar’s PSHP model.
A collaboration agreement has been signed between the PSHP and the Antananarivo Urban Community to strengthen the citizen involvement of the private sector, and to allocate a warehouse capacity to the PSHP for prepositioning stocks.
- PSHP Contingency Plan updated
- Implementation of a PSHP standard of Business Continuity Plan
- Revitalisation of the national disaster risk management communication network
- Teleconference meeting with the members of the Private sector Platform of Ivory Coast and sharing the experience of the PSHP
- Participation in the On-Site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC) training by UNOCHA
In addition, PSHP representatives had the opportunity to participate in the Humanitarian Networks & Partnerships Week on Geneva, to present the private sector contributions during the 2016 - 2017 disaster period and its scope for beneficiaries, to identify the opportunities of collaboration between the CBi Member Networks, program partners and the other stakeholders, to inspire the private sector activities and collaboration in disaster management.
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