Reproductive health (RH) officers, coordinators and teachers from non-government organisations (NGO) and provinces are under-going minimal initial service package (MISP) training in preparation towards disaster crisis.
This training was facilitated by the ministry of health reproductive division in collaboration with United Nation Family planning Association (UNFP) and Solomon Islands planned parenthood association (SIPPA).
The training is part of a priority set of life saving activities to be implemented at the onset of every humanitarian crisis.
Ministry of health national program coordinator adolescent health Nancy Pego said they provide service to prevent diseases, deaths, disabilities and avoid sexual violence against women, girls and child abuse.
“It includes prevention support in response to emergency cases.”
Ms Lego said the officers have already attended MISP training in year 2009 and there has been no quick response during the recent flash flood.
“They should be responsible for victims during disaster but none of them respond.”
Meanwhile SIPPA program officer Ben Ango added that it is a challenge for them to encounter due to lack of prioritised of sexual reproductive health for emergency.
Mr Ango said it is important for reproductive health officers and coordinators to prepare before and after disaster regarding awareness programs and handing local kits to victims.
He encouraged team coordinators to prepare their teams whenever disaster strikes so they can responsible to provide health protection and awareness programs in evacuation centres.
BY JOY BUAOKA