Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development Planning

Afghanistan, April 2016 – With the aim of promoting disaster resilience in the development and rehabilitation of Afghanistan, Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) in Afghanistan and the State Ministry of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs of Afghanistan (SMDM) organised a conference on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into the Development Planning Process. The conference was held in the United Arab Emirates, from 5-6 April 2016. “Afghanistan is prone to multiple disasters. This conference has helped us to understand the benefits of the tool of mainstreaming and create a road map for … Read More

FOCUS Pakistan Flood Response

Pakistan, April 2016 – In April 2016, heavy rain and snow fall in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral triggered a series of devastating avalanches, flash floods and landslides that damaged over 600 houses. FOCUS evacuated critical patients utilizing AKDN helicopters and provided tents, blankets and non-food aid to affected households. With support from AKDN agencies, water purification tablets were distributed, bridges and irrigation channels rehabilitated and earthquake resistant shelters built to safeguard villagers.

Earthquake Relief in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan

Afghanistan/Tajikistan/Pakistan, October 2015 – Following a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Central Asia in October 2015, Focus Humanitarian Assistance – in collaboration with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and other partner agencies – provided relief efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan to support affected communities. Immediately following the earthquake, FOCUS response teams rushed to the affected areas to work with and support the local Community Emergency Response Teams, which are trained by FOCUS. Relief efforts included the provision of tents, blankets, medicines … Read More

Earthquake Preparedness

USA, October 2015 – During the month of October 2015, FOCUS-trained volunteers across the United States led their communities in the 2015 AKDN ShakeOut drill. The purpose of this drill was simple – practice makes perfect – as the drill taught individuals what to do in the event of an earthquake. In addition to teaching individuals about the Drop, Cover and Hold On procedure, FOCUS-trained volunteers also conducted special disaster preparedness sessions with senior members of the community. At these sessions, members played a customized version of Jeopardy to learn … Read More

Tajikistan Flood Relief

Tajikistan, July 2015 – In July 2015 villages across Tajikistan experienced severe flooding and mud flows as the result of an outburst of glacial lakes up in the mountains. These disastrous events destroyed homes, knocked down power lines, and disrupted transportation and communication between villages. Focus Humanitarian Assistance Tajikistan, in collaboration with its partners and the Government of Tajikistan, actively worked to support relief efforts on an ongoing basis. FOCUS set up shelters and assisted in providing much needed supplies across the region including food, water and medical equipment. Photo … Read More

Partnerships

USA, December 2013 – On December 18, 2013 the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the AKDN-Disaster Risk Management Initiative (DRMI) and Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA. The signing was an informal agreement between all the signatories to reduce the risk of, and respond to, threats to the public health, safety and welfare of communities at risk and strengthen the commitment to reduce loss of life and suffering due to emergencies. The MOU allows for more targeted and efficient delivery of goods and services … Read More

National Preparedness Month

USA, August 2013 – FOCUS USA was invited to attend the National Preparedness Month Proclamation signing ceremony with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, held at the State Capitol in Atlanta. In the presence of Georgia Volunteer Organisations Active in Disaster (VOAD), government officials, and leaders from multiple faith-based organizations, the Governor officially declared September as the National Preparedness Month in the State of Georgia. September was dedicated to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, houses of worship, and communities and to educate the … Read More