Q&A: Emergency Operations, Leadership, Human Rights, Harm Reduction, Stress, Building Location

Submitted by Aid Workers Network on February 26, 2003 - 3:55pm.

Topics included:

  • Emergency Operation Centres
  • Staff Leadership Training
  • Human Rights Standards and Local Legislation
  • HIV and Harm Reduction
  • Stress Management for Staff
  • Choosing a Building Location
  • Advice for New Aid Workers

Can you offer any insights or pointers to useful information/contacts on these topics? Thank you.

Responses to the previous questions are summarised below. Please continue the discussions online at Aid Workers Forum or e-mail exchange@aidworkers.net

New Questions

EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTRES

From Bangladesh, Latifur Rahman inquires about facilities for responding to natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies. What can you offer about their "overall design, required facilities, the role of ER centre & duration, manpower & their responsibilities, flow of information, line of command, (and) checklists"? Email exchange@aidworkers.net or join the discussion online at http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/140/479.html

STAFF LEADERSHIP TRAINING

Gail Neudorf requests information on "INGOs who have either a policy or strategy on strengthening national staff as managers and leaders within their organisations. Do you or have you worked for such an organisation? How did they implement this? Do you have personal experience or observations on national staff as organisational leaders?" Email exchange@aidworkers.net or join the discussion online at http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/140/350.html

HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS AND LOCAL LEGISLATION

Lubna Hammad asks, "What are some best practices for incorporating International Standards into domestic/local legislation?" She's particularly concerned about rights for children and women in Arab and Muslim countries in the Middle East. Email exchange@aidworkers.net or join the discussion online at http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/141/10108.html

Responses

HIV AND HARM REDUCTION

Brendan reports that Australia's Burnet Centre is "one of the best organisations I have come across for community based HIV/AIDS education, specialising in harm reduction methods." Phil Bartle offers an HIV/AIDS training document and Allan recommends the Harm Reduction Coalition website. Fiona describes two new publications on community-based approaches to HIV. Sergey shares the promising outcome of a harm reduction program in Irkutsk, Siberia. Irene suggests the archives and links of the Asian Harm Reduction Network. Email exchange@aidworkers.net or join the discussion online at http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/141/383.html

STRESS MANAGEMENT FOR STAFF

"The Disaster Preparedness Program of the Pan American Health Organisation ... has developed a very interesting training module on Stress Management in Disasters, based on the Crisis Incident Stress Management methodology," according to Sacha. Tim recommends reading "Humanitarian action and armed conflict: Coping with stress" at www.icrc.org. Bruce posts information about the Headington Institute in California, U.S.A., which provides psychological support for humanitarian aid and disaster relief personnel. Barb, doing research in this area, wonders whether psychological support services address organizational and interpersonal issues. Email exchange@aidworkers.net or join the discussion online at http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/140/21.html

CHOOSING A BUILDING LOCATION

Fortunata warns that some landlords will try to charge higher rents from foreigners. Joseph highlights safety and security factors to consider. Moira, speaking from experience, says, "Check out the building/site at night time as well as during the day. The character of neighbourhoods can change dramatically once the sun sets." John includes some guidelines from IRC's field manual. Email exchange@aidworkers.net or join the discussion online at http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/140/30.html

ADVICE FOR NEW AID WORKERS

www.aidworkers.net/exchange/20030219.html Alain thanks Matthew for "his great list" in last week's article and has a couple of remarks. He would make landmine awareness the top priority, and he would broaden the advice about learning the local language. In addition to language, Alain says, "Grasp the local mindset. Try to know precisely how host people think, feel, analyse and value their world." http://oldforum.aidworkers.net/messages/258/10111.html

 

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