InterWorks facilitated three 1-day foundational trainings and a 1-day table-top monsoon emergency simulation exercise (SIMEX) in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on 24 – 26 February and 1 March respectively. The overall goal of the mission was to improve quality in camp-based protection and other sectoral programmes for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and to highlight the need for focused preparedness for the annual monsoon season beginning in April.
More than 120 participants were trained in refugee protection basics, response programme sectoral standards, and practical coordination skills over three days. The training included key protection concerns and response actions; key principals of effective coordination; and technical sector overview of key standards and indicators in WASH, Health, Food/Nutrition, Shelter and Education. Training focused on the specific local situations and issues prioritized by the response community. The training materials were to be saved in-country for the establishment of an ongoing training program to be run by UNHCR and partners with adequate expertise to maintain and update as needed.
Approximately 50 participants joined the monsoon emergency SIMEX event. The SIMEX uncovered several priority areas requiring immediate action before the monsoon season begins to enhance preparedness for the coming rains and expected emergency flooding, and landslides.
I thought it was a great training. Very relevant to the local situation while providing a broad overview of the humanitarian context in general. Trainers were engaging & subjects interesting.– Workshop participant