Last May, World Water Academy WWA) teamed up with MDF Asia and UNICEF Myanmar to deliver a 5 day Trainer of Trainers (ToT) course on WaSH in Emergencies.
The training was targeted at members of the Myanmar Government from four disaster prone states, namely Rakhine, Sagan, Kachin and Mandalay. The types of disasters they face include internal displacement due to conflict, flooding, earthquakes and cyclones.
Currently approximately 500,000 people are in receipt of humanitarian assistance in Myanmar. And 30 people, a mix of males and females from various Government Departments such as the Ministry of Health and the Department for Rural Development, participated in the training. Each will now go back to their various states and deliver a shortened 3 day version of the course to relevant members of Government in their state who have a responsibility for trying to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters in their areas. This type of training fits into a broader capacity building approach in humanitarian action to better localise responses to disasters and build in disaster risk reduction in order to minimise the adverse impact of conflict and natural disasters.
In 2008 Myanmar was hit by cyclone Nargis resulting in the deaths of approx. 138,000 people. Myanmar must be better prepared for all types of disasters and this type of training will contribute to that preparedness in a sustainable way by investing in local stakeholders such as Government. WWA's role in the training was to provide an experienced international WaSH trainer who worked alongside a national WaSH trainer hired by MDF. The international expert hired was Niall Roche, a native of Ireland who has worked in the area of WaSH and Humanitarian Action for over 25 years. He brought many years of practical delivery experience from his time in the field across South East Asia, Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa combined with his experience as a RedR Associate Trainer and Part Time Lecturers at a number of Universities in Ireland and Denmark.