WHO TEAM DAILY REPORT FOR 6TH AND 7TH SEPTEMBER 2003, LIBERIA
WATSAN ASSESSMENT TEAM TO BUCHANNAN, FRIDAY 5, SEPTEMBER, 2003
A WATSAN assessment mission was organized to Buchanan on Friday, September 5th 2003.
The purpose was to evaluate the community wells allegedly containing dead bodies and graves in the close vicinity of some of them. The team comprised of Mr. Cheik Ndiaye, the WHO Consultant and Mr. Jimmy WILSON of the Cartoon an NGO. The WATSAN officer of the Red Cross in Buchanan also accompanied the team.
The following were the major findings:
The Red Cross Officer provided a list of the other sites where wells have been identified as containing dead bodies. Time constraints didnít permit visits to those other sites. A copy of the list was given to the team.
At the end of the visit the team formulated the following recommendations:
A report of the trip was presented at the Humanitarian Coordinating meeting in the evening and a decision was made to conduct a follow-up joint mission (UNICEF and WHO) to Buchanan on Saturday, 6 September for further assessment.
FOLLOW-UP VISIT TO BUCHANAN ON SATURDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 2003.
UNICEF, WHO and an NGO (ACT international) formed the team. The purpose was to follow-up on the assessment, which began the previous day. Red Cross personnel in Buchanan again accompanied the team.
The team tried to identify more wells containing dead bodies. Unfortunately, the Red Cross staffs capable of identifying all the sites were not present. In addition, the time at the disposal of the team was too short (1hr 30mn). The team therefore decided to revisit the wells already observed by the WHO Consultant the previous day.
The conclusion of the team was that there was no real evidence of the presence of dead bodies in the wells though the local population leaving in the concerned communities insist on it.
The team formulated the following recommendations:
CAP FOR LIBERIA MEETING, 7TH SEPTEMBER 2003-09-07
This meeting was held at the UNDP Conference room at 10 am. Participants included Heads of UN Agencies and the Focal points for the CAP preparation from the Agencies. WHO was represented by Drs Omar Khatib, Komla Siamevi, James Teprey and Mr.Eric Johnson. It was chaired by Mr. Ross Mountain, the Humanitarian Coordinator.
The chairman pointed out that even though this document is for Liberia, it should be developed taking into consideration global and regional contexts. The technical committee comprising the focal persons will develop the draft for consideration by the UNCT.
There was a presentation on the format for the next CAP Appeal. The group then discussed elements of the presentation, the context and contents. Finally the group did a brainstorming session on scenarios development.
The technical committee will meet on Tuesday.
NUTRITION ACTIVITIES REPORT
Meeting was held in WHO (WHO being the chair of the taskforce on Nutrition Assessment) with UNICEF, World Vision, and MOH (Director of Family Health Services and a Nutrition Officer) to discuss the nutrition assessment planned in Tubmanburg covering 1500 children under 5 years. A refresher training for 20 enumerators was organized for Saturday.
WHO visited TFCs run by ACF to get information on protocols and monitoring indicators used.
Refresher training on rapid nutrition assessment was carried out with WHO and World Vision as the trainers. The assessment of the prevalence of acute and chronic malnutrition in Tubmanburg will be carried out on Monday and Tuesday. Qualitative data on the underlying causes of malnutrition (infant and young child feeding practices, environmental conditions, access to health services will also be collected). World Vision will open TFCs and SFCs depending on the outcome of the assessment.
WHO visited TFC run by MSF (H) and the TFC in the hospital run by MSF (F). There is a need to standardize the protocols on the treatment of severe malnutrition.
Meeting was held in WCO with UNICEF nutritionist from NY to discuss collaboration.
Meeting was also held with USAID/DART on needs in nutrition.
HUMANITARIAN COORDINATION MEETINGS
The morning meeting on Saturday 6, September, among other things, discussed on the possibility of mounting cross-boarder missions to Harper and Zwerdu late next week. WHO expressed willingness to be part of such missions especially as earlier reports from ICRC indicated that health is a major problem there.
The evening meeting on Saturday among other things, heard the report of Buchanan WHO/UNICEF/NGOs mission to assess water and sanitation in light of the serious cholera outbreak reported and confirmed there.
There were no meetings on Sunday 7 September.