Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP), 20 - 24 June 2016, Struga, Macedonia

Monday, 20. June 2016 to Friday, 24. June 2016
 
 

PREP training course was hosted by the Macedonian Protection and Rescue Directorate as part of the DPPI SEE DMTP 2016 and was co-organised/ managed by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Emergency Services Branch (ESB). The course came a result of discussions between UN OCHA and DPPI SEE over the course of 2015 and 1st quarter of 2016, following the proposal of UN OCHA for a PREP course tailor-made to SEE. This was only the 2nd in the row of PREP courses designed and conducted by the OCHA Emergency Service Branch. 
 
The aim of the course was to reach out to emergency management practitioners from different organisations of the DPPI region and present key concept and tools used and promoted by OCHA Emergency Services Branch in responding to humanitarian crisis. 
 
Over the course of 5 days, the participants were lectured on fundamentals of humanitarian action and humanitarian coordination, humanitarian Civil-Military coordination (UN-CMCoood), including on OCHA’s emergency response tools and services. The course was structured in a way as to ensure constant balance of theory, follow-up group discussions, presentations, team-building, all culminating in practical application through task solving in an exercise simulating a sudden-onset emergency.
 
The course was attended by twenty-six (26) participants, out of which sixteen (16) participants represented the DPPI SEE (Albania, BiH, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey) with another ten (10) participants having been selected by UN OCHA Emergency Service Branch network (European Commission (DG ECHO), Belgium, Italy, Germany and Sweden). In order to prepare ahead for the course, all the participants had to complete the pre-course training, comprising 4 on-line exercises, over 1 month before the course. 
 
More detailed information about PREP 2016 can be found on the course website: