Monday, April 25, 2011

Omar underlines comprehensive policy for disaster management

Omar underlines comprehensive

policy for disaster management

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 20 : Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah on Wednesday underlined the need of a comprehensive and well structured policy for Disaster Management in the State to deal with incidents of natural calamities and disasters appropriately.

"All the necessary requirements of 3Ps (prevention, preparedness and proofing) and 3Rs (rescue, relief and rehabilitation) should be factored in the policy", he said directing for involving National Disaster Management Institute in this task.

Chairing the first meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority here, the Chief Minister said that experts in the field should be co-opted with the authority to broad base its scope and strategy formulating capacity.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand, Minister for Medical Education, R. S. Chib, Minister for Revenue, Raman Bhalla, Minister for CAPD, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Minister of State for Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Financial Commissioner, Pramodh Jain, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Sudhanshu Pandey, Commissioner Secretary GAD, Mohammad Syed Khan, Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Ajaz Iqbal, Divisional Commissioners, Kashmir, Asgar Samoon, Divisional Commissioners, Jammu, Pawan Kotwal and other senior officers.

The Chief Minister also directed for constituting a trained Task Force to be at the beck and call of the State Disaster Management Authority to attend the eventualities as a vanguard force in the hour of need.

Omar Abdullah said that the disaster management is a wide and scientific subject requires a comprehensive policy to strengthen all units of Disaster Management Authority at all levels. And put in place trained men and required machinery to deal with eventualities and calamities.

In a power point presentation, the Commissioner Secretary Revenue presented resume of the nomenclature of State level Disaster Management Authority and its branches at the provincial and district levels. He identified the areas requiring attention to strengthen the Authority.

Ajaz Iqbal also briefed the meeting about the annual activities report of the disaster management programme and said that a capacity development programme in disaster management has been formulated under the 13th Finance Commission Award while action plan for urban risk management for capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu and a work plan for three projects under Disaster Risk Reduction Programme for districts of Baramulla, Kupwara and Poonch have also been drawn.

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V.C. Menon :Indians need be more prepared for natural calamities

Indians need be more prepared for natural calamities: Experts

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New Delhi: Within a month after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck Japan, India experienced two moderate tremors. Were these warnings for something bigger? If experts are to believed, they were and say Indians need to be more prepared to deal with natural calamities.

"Some of these could also be seen as a precursor for something bigger, considering India's vulnerability to earthquakes because of its location in a high risk seismic zone," N.V.C. Menon, former member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), said.

According to him, it is important to launch an awareness campaign to prepare Indian households to prepare them in responding to natural calamities such as the one that wreaked destruction in Japan.

"We could face massive destruction if a high intensity earthquake strikes India," Menon said, stressing there is the "need for a massive awareness campaign as people here are not clear about the steps needed to reduce the impact of an earthquake."

The government, under the aegis of NDMA, is working to enhance India's preparedness to face an event like that in Japan.

However, people should also prepare themselves to deal with an emergency, Menon said.

Households in quake-prone areas should prepare emergency kits with candles, medicines, match boxes, important documents and other necessary items so that they can evacuate immediately in the event of an earthquake.

Studies have shown that more than 60 percent of India is vulnerable to earthquakes and most of the deaths during a quake are caused by the collapse of buildings.

According to geographical data, Kashmir, Punjab, the western and central Himalayas, the northeastern region and the Rann of Kutch fall under the Zone 5 category, referred to as the Very High Damage Risk Zone.

"Northeastern states like Assam and Meghalaya and cities like Shimla and Delhi are sitting on the brink of a disaster," V.K. Sharma, professor of disaster management at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, told IANS.

"With about 685 slums and congested localities in the old city with maximum number of unsafe buildings, Delhi could collapse in the event of a high intensity earthquake," warned Sharma.

More than 50 percent of Shimla could also collapse, he added.

The biggest problem, according to Sharma, lies in the non-adherence of the prescribed building codes by private builders while erecting any new structure.

The National Building Codes of India contains stipulations for fire safety requirements, materials to be used, structural design and construction, including safety and building and plumbing services.

In cities maintained by municipal corporations it is expected that all building codes are followed for new constructions.

"But very often the builders and contractors violate the codes," Menon said.

This was the reason for the collapse of the buildings in Ahmedabad and Bhuj in Gujarat during the 2002 earthquake even though they were almost 480 km away from the epicentre of earthquake, he asserted.

The condition is least encouraging in rural areas and in those urban areas where private constructors are hired for building purposes.

"In these cases, people employ local constructors who have no engineering background and are not aware of any code," said the expert.

Menon advised a few things that can be done by households to increase the earthquake resistance of existing buildings.

"For existing buildings, rapid visual screening by trained civil engineers can help find its quake resistance capacity," he said.

The study of the soil type and the possibility of sand liquifaction that can happen during quake vibrations should also done, the expert suggested.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Preparedness & Response for Emergencies at Times of Natural Disaster

Preparedness & Response for Emergencies at Times of Natural Disaster, Patna, Bihar - India
Under the Auspices of
About NDMA
An Initiative of Supported By
About CSO Partners & About Aidmatrix ICICI Foundation
Workshop Partners

Venue: Hotel Chanakya Bir Chand Patel Marg, Patna – 800001, Bihar

Training Dates: 28th April, 2011

Duration: 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M


India as a country is highly prone to many disasters like drought, flash floods, cyclones, avalanches, earthquakes etc which lead to massive losses of life and property. Floods are the most common natural disaster in India. Almost all of India is flood-prone, and extreme precipitation events, such as flash floods and torrential rains, have become increasingly common in central India over the past several decades, coinciding with rising temperatures. Similarly many other disasters like cyclones, earthquakes and droughts have caused us enormous destruction and created human destruction in the past.

Though it is not possible to completely avoid the natural disasters, but the sufferings can be minimized if we all start learning how to live with it. Creating proper awareness of the likely disasters and its impact by being prepared, effectively using the available disaster preparedness and management system, effective collaboration between state authorities and the humanitarian community and integrating information technology tools can actually make a difference and fill the operational gap that exists. All these efforts could only be effective if taken at the national level, state level and ultimately to the community level who are the immediate responders.

Like any other disaster prone states, Bihar which is a multi disaster prone state often encounters several natural disasters like floods, earthquake & draught. 23 districts out of 38 administrative districts face floods every year as per the Indian Red Cross, Bihar State Branch – Patna. We cannot rule out major earthquakes too in the coming future as the 2008 Kosi flood has built up immense sediments in the north Bihar plain which may trigger earthquake anytime. The extent of the natural disasters or the loss could be lessened only when the stakeholders and the government collectively create the awareness of the prevention & coping mechanisms and system available to respond to such disasters.


The principle objectives of the workshops are

· To discuss and share experiences on local responsibilities and expectations

· To enhance capacity of district, commune level disaster management authorities on Planning for Preparedness and Emergency Management and in forming Community Emergency Task Force

· To prepare the participants for the operational complexities of humanitarian aid such that they are able to contribute as effectively as possible to field response.

· To introduce the Corporate Disaster Resource Network, CDRN ( to NGOs, Donors, Suppliers and government bodies and familiarise participants with its application during disasters and also for providing real time information of needs to potential suppliers and donors for prepositioning needs before disasters.

· To create platform for exchange of ideas and sharing experiences on Disaster Supply Chain Management.

· Inventory management of disaster supplies and equipments for times of emergency

By the end of the training participants should be:

· Well equipped with the available response system to any disasters

· Empowered with the skills and tools for emergency response and mobilisation of resources and aids required at times of disaster response.

· Empowered to form and institutionalise the Community Emergency Task Force in partnership with the local government, existing DRR bodies etc

· Able to use CDRN during disasters to post their needs/requirements in terms of both human resource and products required for relief as well as rehabilitation phase.

· Able to use CDRN before disasters to pre position their requirements for skilled volunteers and products required.

· Able to effectively use CDRN technology to coordinate with the private sector companies for needs fulfilment.

· Certification of participants’ by NDMA, CSO Partners & CDRN.


The training consists of structured learning exercises, case-studies and mock drills. We favour a participatory approach and interaction among participants and organisers. Organisers and participants share experiences, best practices and lessons learned to enhance learning opportunities in Preparedness and Emergency Management and also to favour the continuous improvement and development of the Corporate Disaster Resource Network (CDRN) technology to deliver the services effectively and timely.

The following approaches will be used:

· Case Studies

· Experience Sharing

· Mock Drills

· Presentations

· Interactive sessions


1. Inaugural: - Facts about states specific natural disasters by experts

2. Case Studies on Preparedness, Emergency Management & Response by State Government / Community Based Organisation

3. Case Studies by Corporate Partners – On their role in preparedness & relief / humanitarian relief

4. Community Emergency Task Force: Responsibilities and Expectations

5. Demonstration of the system: - Corporate Disaster Resource Network System as a Supply Chain Management Tool for times of disasters

6. Practical Session for NGOs operating the CDRN system

7. Feedback Session on the CDRN system

8. Distribution of training Kit (Includes manual, brochure etc)

Target Audience

INGOs / NGOs / CBOs / Government Bodies/ SDMA’s / Suppliers & Donors (50 in numbers)


About NDMA


The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), GOI is the Apex Body for Disaster Management in India. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), GOI is working to build a safer and disaster resilient India by developing a holistic, pro-active, multi disaster and technology-driven strategy for disaster management through collective efforts of all Government Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations and companies.


CSO Partners is a non-profit that is committed to mobilizing resources and providing appropriate support services for Civil Society Organizations. Through an extended base of consortium partners specialized in relevant services, CSO Partners develop appropriate program opportunities for various contributors who include government‚ corporate bodies and individuals to engage with civil society organization in a process of social change that benefits all stakeholders. It has established a support partners network in varied areas ranging from donor services‚ volunteering, social investment services‚ financial management‚ governance‚ documentation‚ advocacy and communications.

Aidmatrix Foundation India:-

Aidmatrix is a nonprofit organization which builds and operates powerful technology hubs that support diverse stakeholder groups in their efforts to work together to solve the world's most challenging humanitarian needs. More than 35,000 leading corporate, nonprofit and government partners leverage our solutions to mobilize more than $1.8 billion in aid annually, worldwide. The donated goods, money and services have impacted the lives of more than 65 million people.

Enquiries and Suggestions

If you have any queries on the participation, please contact Swati Pahuja or Angela Nar at:

Tele: 011- 46142948 / 65422890

Mob: 9899740585 /9810872748


Participation form (Please use one form per workshop per person)






Official Address

Tel number: Mobile number:

Fax number:


How did you come to know about this Workshop?

What are your expectations form this Workshop? (We will inform the facilitator of your expectations before the event, so workshop objectives may be integrated with your needs)


Program Agenda

0900 – 1000 Registration

1000 – 1045 Inaugural Session

Welcome Note: Chairperson of the workshop - Mr. Sanjay Pandey, IAG Convener

Chief Guest: Shri.J K Sinha Honourable Member – National Disaster Management Authority, (NDMA) GOI

Key Note Speaker: Sri Vyasji, I.A.S Principal Secretary – Department of Disaster Management, Government of Bihar

Special Address: Shri. Anil Kumar Sinha, Vice Chairman – Bihar State Disaster Management AuthorityBy Guest of Honour (BSDMA)

Presentation of Mementoes to the Inaugural Guests: By Ranju Anthony, Manager - Vestergaard Frandsen

1045 – 1100 Tea Break

1100 – 1120 Case Studies on Preparedness, Emergency Management & Responseby the State Government. Speaker - Sri Gagan, Officer on Special Duty, Department of Disaster Management, Government of Bihar

1120 – 1140 Corporate role in preparedness & relief / humanitarian relief

Speaker – Ranju Anthony, Manager - Vestergaard Frandsen

1140– 1200 Corporate – Civil Society Partnership for Disaster Management

Speaker - Mr. Soumitra Ghosh, CEO - CSO Partners

1200– 1220 ICICI Foundation

1220 – 1240 SCF

1240 – 0115 Case Study/Presentation from NDRF and Civil Defence

Speaker – Mr. Shivaji Singh, Senior Specialist – National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)

Speaker – Col. J R Kaushik, Head – Civil Defence

0115 – 0130 Interactive Session

Chaired by Mr. Sanjay Pandey, IAG Convener

0130 – 0230 Lunch Break / Networking Opportunity

0230 - 0300 Demonstration on the Corporate Disaster Resource Network Technology - Supply Chain Management Tool for times of disasters for providing real time information of needs to potential suppliers and donors for pre-positioning needs before disasters and responding with the right aid at the right people at the right time

Speaker – Kuldip Nar, Managing Director Aidmatrix Foundation India/CSO Partners

0300 – 0315 Case Study – The Leh Flash Flood 2010 Experience

Speaker: Kuldip Nar, Managing Director Aidmatrix Foundation India/CSO Partners

0315 – 0330 Donor Experience on CDRN

Speaker: Vivek Prakash, CSR Coordinator – Jubilant Life Sciences Ltd.

0330 – 0350 NGOs role in Disaster Management (Kosi Flood 2008 Experience)

Speaker – Deepak Bharti, Secretary - Samajik Shaikshanik Vikas Kendra, SSVK

0350 – 0410 Tea Break

0410 - 0430 Community Emergency Task Force: Responsibilities and Expectations

(Participant’s driven and Call for Action)

Speaker: Mr. Sanjay Pandey, IAG Convener

0430 – 0445 Feedback & Interactive Session on CDRN

Chaired by Mr. Sanjay Pandey, IAG Convener

0445 – 0500 Felicitation & Vote of Thanks

Mr. Soumitra Ghosh, CEO - CSO Partners

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Monsoons spinning the Earths plates- A Study

Monsoons spinning the Earth’s plates - study

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A new study from The Australian National University has for the first time confirmed that long-term climate change has the potential to spin the Earth’s tectonic plates.

Dr Giampiero Iaffaldano from the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences and colleagues in France and Germany have established a link between the motion of the Indian plate over the past 10 million years and a specific climate change event over the same period: the intensification of the Indian monsoon.

Dr Iaffaldano said that the monsoon, which increased rainfall in northeast Indian by four metres annually, sped up motion in the Indian plate by almost one centimetre per year.

“The 100km-thick outer shell of Earth, the lithosphere, is divided into pieces called tectonic plates. Plates move in different directions at speeds in the order of centimetres per year, comparable to the speed of fingernail growth in humans.

“The significance of this finding lies in recognising for the first time that long-term climate changes have the potential to act as a force and influence the motion of tectonic plates. It is known that certain geologic events caused by plate motions – for example the drift of continents, the closure of ocean basins and the building of large mountain belts – have the ability to influence climate patterns over a period of a million years.

“Now we know that the opposite holds as well: long-term climate change, or the natural changes in climate patterns over millions of years, can modify the motion of plates in a feedback mechanism.”

Dr Iaffaldano added that the finding could help unlock the causes of plate-motion events like large-scale earthquakes.

“When forces moving plates along their boundaries reach certain thresholds, earthquakes occur and energy is released. This happens cyclically, typically every several hundred years in the case of large earthquakes. However it appears that the seismic potential of plate boundaries, which is an indication of how prone these are to large earthquakes, depends, among other factors, also on how strong or weak these forces have been in the past. In other words, it depends also on the history of plates over millions of years.

“In order to understand the seismic potential of plate boundaries it is important to identify all the possible factors that caused plate motion to change in the past. In that respect we have discovered that climate change could in fact be one possible candidate, something we did not consider until now.

“This new knowledge shall be used to analyse the past behaviour of plates in the Earth’s crust. Ultimately we aim at understanding what caused plate motions to change and which regions are currently more prone to large earthquakes. To that end, we may also have to consider the history of climate over the past million years.”

Dr Iaffaldano’s findings were recently published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. A copy of the paper is available from the ANU media office.

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) lends a hand in Japan

It's been just one week and a small group of young men from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is already making its presence felt in the tsunami-struck town of Onagawa in Japan.

In a small but significant manner, the 46-member Indian contingent, which landed in Japan on March 28, almost three weeks after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the country, has been contributing to the relief and rescue operations in this seaside town that was completely washed away. Nearly half the town’s population is reported to be missing.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Business continuity one of top two priorities for Indian companies

Gartner survey identifies business continuity as one of the top two priorities for Indian organizations

The 2011 CIO Agenda survey by Gartner Executive Programs has found that Indian organizations see business continuity as a high priority area for future investment.

In a ranking of the top ten business priorities for Indian organizations in 2011, ‘Improving business continuity, risk and security’ came second, behind ‘Increasing enterprise growth’.

The survey also looked at IT-related priorities, finding that cloud computing was the top area in which Indian companies expect to progress during 2011.

CIOs report that their organizations are emphasizing growth, in addition to continued vigilance on cost and operational efficiencies. This emphasis is consistent with emerging signs of economic recovery and increasing competition to attract and retain customers.

Top 10 Business and Technology Priorities in India in 2011

Top 10 Business Priorities


Top 10 Technology Priorities


Increasing enterprise growth


Cloud computing


Improving business continuity, risk and security


Mobile technologies


Reducing enterprise costs




Implementing and updating business applications


Enterprise resource planning (ERP)


Increased use of information/ analytics


Enterprise applications


Attracting a retaining new customers


Business Process Management (BPM)


Improving technical infrastructure


IT Management


Improving business processes


Networking, voice and data communications


Greater control and management of technology


Business intelligence (BI)


Expanding into new markets and geographies




Source: Gartner EXP

•Date: 8th March 2011 • Region: Asia •Type: Article •Topic:

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Disaster Relief and Last Mile Delivery With Social Media

Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Centre (2010-2011), Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University 2004-2005, Google Developing World Scholarship recipient 2004, acknowledged by CNN as one of Latin America's top 20 most influential people on the Internet (2000). Carlos has extensive field experience and given conferences and workshops in over 15 countries covering Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, USA and Asia, in the fields of human development, public policy, education, technology, social entrepreneurship, social media and networks, creativity, innovation, and open and collaborative content since 1996. My consulting work includes Public ICT Policies, National ICT Strategies and National Education Portals funded by United Nations, World Bank, IADB and local governments in 10 countries. His most recent work has been focused around Disaster Relief based on the experience of organizing 12 missions to Haiti all coordinated and executed via social media: Relief 2.0, Effective disaster relief and last mile delivery with social media, mobile technologies and independent field units of local and foreign stakeholders, based on the experience of 12 missions to Haiti after the earthquake. Entrepreneurial Response: Disaster Relief with dignity, inclusion and generation of wealth. A three-tier approach "Enabling Systems" to improve and certify the availability and capacity of "Local Resources", their employment and engagement by International Organizations and their direct engagement with the global markets and the people interested in supporting recovery and growth.

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UP Govt sanctions Rs 432cr flood control proposals

UP Govt sanctions Rs 432cr flood control proposals

Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday sanctioned 68 flood control proposals worth Rs 432.52 crore. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by state irrigation minister Naseemuddin Siqqiqui. It was also decided in the meeting to set up flood control rooms, deploy required staff at these rooms and hold regular meetings of the steering committees at the district level offices.

NDMA : Top metros in moderate to high-risk seismic zones

Top Indian metros like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata fall under the country's moderate to highrisk seismic zones, theNational Disaster Management Authority says.

"Earthquakes are a major concern. Over 58.6 per cent of land in India is highly vulnerable to earthquakes and 38 cities fall under moderate to high risk-seismic zones," said NDMA vice-chairman Shashidhar Reddy. Pune, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Patna, Ahmedabad and Dehra Dun are also in the vulnerability zone. Mr Reddy noted a large number of buildings built in the past were not made earthquake resistant.

Friday, April 8, 2011

NDMA : Shortage of manpower to deal with post-disaster situations'

The National Disaster Management Authority has said the country faces a shortage of manpower to deal with psycho-social and mental health problems that follow disasters and there is a need to evolve a system to deal with it.

For every 100 persons in the world, there are 1.2 psychiatrists and in India, the figure is 0.2. The average number of social workers globally is 0.4 and in India it is 0.03.

“There is a shortage of manpower in dealing with psycho-social problems that arise after disasters. We need to evolve a system to deal with it,” the NDMA Vice-Chairman, Mr Shashidhar Reddy, said at the national workshop on psycho-social support and mental health services during disasters.

The MLA from Andhra Pradesh said the geothermal conditions in the country coupled with impact of climate change globally are an indicator of the need to follow guidelines to deal with disasters as and when they strike.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

African Working Group agrees to implement the Strategy for disaster risk reduction

Nairobi, Kenya - The inaugural meeting of the reconstituted African Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (AWGDRR) ended on Thursday, 31 March, with delegates agreeing to accelerate the implementation of the extended programme of action for the implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (2006-2015), in line with the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

The meeting took place after the Executive Council of the African Union had endorsed the Report of the Second African Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in April 2010, where it also endorsed the extended programme of action.

“The endorsement indicates Africa’s strong political commitment to bring about a substantial reduction of social, economic and environmental impacts of disasters on African people and economies,” said Pedro Basabe, Head, UNISDR Africa.

The programme covers emerging trends and challenges, making links between disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation. It also touches on the importance of increasing investments in disaster risk reduction.

Attending the event was Abebe Haile Gabriel, Director for Rural Economy and Agriculture Africa Union Commission (AUC), and Mohamed Ali, Assistant Minister of State for Special Programmes, who accentuated the importance of AWGDRR as a coordinating body.

“We need to emphasize the need to move from institutions towards concrete implementation through coordinated action,” added Mr. Basabe.

The meeting kicked off in the wake of climatic hazards and urbanization challenges that have dominate the disaster profile of Sub-Saharan Africa, affecting, on average, around 12.5 million people per year.

The meeting was held alongside the formal launch Making Cities Resilient Campaign, of which three cities, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Kampala (Uganda) and Yaoundé (Cameroon) and Narok (Kenya) signed up. By signing up to the campaign, participating mayors and local government officials commit to “Ten Essentials” to make their cities resilient against disaster. Over 600 local government authorities from all over the world have joined this campaign since it began in May 2010.

The meeting was organised jointly by the Africa Union and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). Also at the meeting, the Group agreed on new terms of reference, and discussed the Africa position paper to be presented during the Third Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in May 2011.

Edutainment For Social Change

The Soul Beat Extra: Edutainment
April 6 2011

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UNICEF Supply Catalogue, 2,000 Commodity needs of Children

The Supply Catalogue contains specifications for over 2,000 commodities that respond to the needs of children and their families. The Catalogue is designed to help you identify the most appropriate supplies for your programmes, assist you in your supply planning, delivery and monitoring, and help maximize your collaboration with UNICEF Supply Division.

To find supply items and descriptions, please click on the specific product category or use the ‘Search’ function. If you cannot find an item, go to "Help".

UNICEF Country Offices, National Committees, and Procurement Services partners can initiate orders for supplies. Please click on "How to Order".

Additional tools including online request for cost estimate functionality and order tracking will be rolled out in 2011.
In the interim, if you are a registered partner and require user id and password to view the Web Catalogue with indicative prices, please contact

Early Childhood Development KitVaccine cold boxSafety box for used syringes and needlesBucket with lidInfant scales with trousersMother-Baby Pack

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