The MSB response team landed in Brisbane, Australia en route to Vanuatu. Once on site in the island state the task will be to assist the UN relief team to communicate with the rest of the world.
As a result of a request from the UN, over the weekend, Sweden sent 2 ICT modules to Vanuatu. The mission will be run under the auspices of the International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP), and commanded and staffed by 3 MSB officers, and 2 officers from Luxembourg.
The team's task is to ensure communications and establish staff facilities for the UNDAC team. The UN relief effort will be conducted at an OSOCC (On-Site Operations Coordination Centre). MSB work will provide practical support so that UN personnel can make assessments of the extent of the damage and in dialogue with local authorities coordinate incoming international relief supplies.
The mission is being funded by Sida.
- ICT means Information and Communications Technologies.
- ICT experts are usual on international relief missions. Their task on a mission is to ensure that all communications work, everything from telephones to data networks. An ICT module with personal equipment weighs about 240 kg. It contains materials necessary to get an office in working order and able to communicate with the outside world. Examples of equipment are technical equipment for the internet via satellite, computers, personal comms. radios, satellite phones, printers, servers, cameras and mobile phones.