UN Humanitarian Response. Mahalchari. Genesis:. On August 24 th 2003 a Mahalchari Bengali Businessman was kidnapped. August 25 th the traders of Mahalchari bazaar organised a strike for the next day.
Notwithstanding the immediate and valuable humanitarian assistance provided, there was wide agreement that if further suffering was to be alleviated and family life restored the UN agencies in Bangladesh needed to play their part in augmenting the actions that have already taken place.
Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief
CONFIRMED DONOR RESPONSE assistance provided, there was wide agreement that if further suffering was to be alleviated and family life restored the UN agencies in Bangladesh needed to play their part in augmenting the actions that have already taken place.
ECHO US$ 942,626
OCHA US$ 77,600
DANIDA US$ 46,608
AusAid US$ 34,887
BHC US$ 17,067
Listening to Community, Local Leaders and Beneficiaries Khagrachari for the participating humanitarian agencies.
Solutions to shelter needs are having an immediate impact and helping to restore confidence and a return to normal village life.
Replacement of destroyed and looted seeds, grinding mills, low lift pumps, and power tillers will reduce the dangers of families becoming dependent on food aid in the long term.
Improved access to household goods including clothes, bedding and others is having a profound impact on family health and confidence.
Community based Psychosocial support to reduce emotional and social problems.
On the basis of the assessment of risk and humanitarian needs, the risk to humanitarian workers and equipment is presently assessed, to be at an acceptable level to allow the humanitarian programme in Mahalchari to be implemented.
Key roles were played by the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council, and the Local Authorities including the Deputy Commissioner and officials and the staff of the District Medical Office. UNDP is seeking opportunities to strengthen the capacities of these key institutions including the Regional Council and local NGOs.
Workshops are being run to: December ‘03
Situational analysis of the psychosocial needs and resources of the villages will shortly be implemented.
The findings will be used by the communities and the project staff to plan appropriate and culturally relevant psychosocial interventions to enable communities to be socially, culturally and emotionally healthy.
The psychosocial component of the Mahalchari humanitarian project is underpinned by recently developed models.
A paper of best practices will be disseminated at the end of the project.