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Rapid Response Mechanism in case of disasters

Mobilization and air freight of drugs in case of sudden onset disasters

The ability to respond to major disasters that are usually mediatized. The "Rapid Response Mechanism" or "RRM - Rapid Response Mechanism for rapid onset disasters".

The effectiveness (and accountability) of an urgent humanitarian response is determined by the immediate availability of funds and appropriate relief supplies, on the basis of a professional needs analysis carried out by a local partner, who will report on the proper use of the aid and its impact on the affected populations (monitoring & evaluation).

The RRM meets all these conditions. With its own funds obtained from the public, the organization can decide within the hours following the disaster to finance the mobilization, shipment and air freight of drugs, thanks to the partnership with IHP (International Health Partners). They ensure the availability of medical kits to be used by medical NGOs, pre-selected by IHP, provided they are already operational in the affected region or have decided to deploy there.

IHP is a British foundation duly accredited to receive donations of drugs and medical equipment from major pharmaceutical companies. These will be packaged in kits (with different types of drugs) allowing treatment. IHP is raising money to send these kits free of charge to its partners.

The rapid disaster response mechanism has, for example, been activated in the following situations:

  • Air freight of medicines from the IHP Foundation for the NGO ANERA for the care of victims of the explosion at the port of Beirut in LEBANON, 2020.
  • Air freight of medicines from the IHP Foundation for the NGO ANERA for the care of victims of the bombings in PALESTINE, 2021.
  • Air freight of medicines from the IHP Foundation for the NGO MERCY CORPS for the care of victims of the war in Tigray in ETHIOPIA, 2021.
  • Air freight of medicines from the IHP foundation for the NGO TERRE in HAITI, 2021.
  • Air freight of medicines from the IHP foundation for the NGO PROJECT HOPE, in the context of the war in Ukraine in 2022.