Hurricane Matthew has affected several Caribbean islands. Through MSB, Sweden has therefore sent several experts to locations including Haiti in order to assist UN and EU humanitarian support.
MSB is now on site in Haiti with a Technical Assistance Support Team (TAST) which left Sweden on October 7.
The following capabilities and knowledge are part of the team:
Materials for information/communicationBasic office materials Temporary housing solutions for field staff (personal tents)Information Communication Technology (ICT) Logistics and administration
In this incident, MSB are also supporting the UN and the EU with different types of experts on Haiti and Bahamas, and are staffing the UN team for needs assessment and coordination of international aid efforts.
MSB helps those who are helping
– The staff have many years of experience in collaborating with and providing support to other organisations in both catastrophe and conflict situations.The MSB helsp the ones who are helping, says Anneli Bergholm Söder, Director of Department, Coordination & Operations Department. Most MSB missions deal with providing support to other organisations – the UN and the EU, for example – and are aimed at increasing these organisations' opportunities for field presence and to efficiently perform their work in helping people in need,
MSB in Haiti 2010
MSB was on site in Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake. At that time, we supported Haiti in rebuilding through support in sanitation, the environment, and waste management.
Access to clean water has high priority, as deadly illnesses such as cholera risk spreading. Hurricane (Tropical Storm) Matthew reached Haiti on October 4 with strong winds, powerful rain, and rising water levels. The hurricane has forced hundreds of thousands to seek temporary protection, and the death toll is rising. Matthew was classified as Category Four (extremely dangerous with major devastation of infrastructure).