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ShelterBox International bistår med hjælp til Nepal

Den Rotary-baserede hjælpeorganisation ShelterBox International sender bokse med hjælpeudstyr til Nepal.

Hjælpeorganisationen ShelterBox International har anmodet alle deres kontorer rundt om i hele verden, inklusivt Danmark, om at bistå med al den hjælp, de kan, i forhold til jordskælvet i Nepal. Jordskælvet fandt sted mellem de store byer Kathmandu og Pokhara, med rystelser som kunne mærkes helt til Delhi i Indien.
Mere end 3000 mennesker er rapporteret døde efter jordskælvet, mens der er omfattende skader på boliger og bygninger.
ShelterBox International er allerede i forhandlinger med flere hjælpeorganisationer og roterende kontakter baseret i Nepal for at se, hvor de kan hjælpe.

Boxen er ideel til det bjergrige land
En shelterbox består bla. af et telt, myggenet, liggeunderlag, komfur samt koge- og spisegrej, og er en akuthjælp, så man hurtigt har mulighed for at få tag over hovedet og noget at spise igen. ShelterBox International har tidligere med stor succes været med til at hjælpe Nepal igennem svære kriser i form af hjælpeaktioner, da bokshjælpen kan bringes hurtigt ind i det bjergrige og svært fremkommelige land og bistå med den akutte hjælp, som fx opstår i forbindelse med et jordskælv.

Bestyrelsesformand for ShelterBox Danmark, Karsten Thuen, udtaler:

”ShelterBox er med sin fleksibilitet og hurtige reaktionstid den naturlige hjælp i Nepal. Ved katastrofen for to år siden viste ShelterBox, at små og let håndterbare hjælpebokse er den rigtige hjælp til det bjergrige Nepal.
ShelterBox har været spændt maksimalt for i år med hjælp til Syrien og ofrene efter tyfonerne Haiyan og Pam, så der skal findes nye midler, så Nepal kan hjælpes efter denne vanskelige jordskælvskatastrofe. Vi gør alt, hvad vi kan for at hjælpen kommer hurtigt frem.”

For yderligere information:
http://shelterbox.dk/ eller http://shelterbox.org/

For kontakt til ShelterBox Danmark:
Bestyrelsesformand Karsten Thuen // karsten@thuen.com // 20 16 42 04

For kontakt til ShelterBox International:
Mark Nicholson// pressoffice@shelterbox.org //+44 (0) 7584 489194

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Sharon Bridgman – Message of Condolence

It is rare for ShelterBox to need to post a notice of condolence on its website. Although, as a disaster relief charity, our role is responding to emergency and tragedy, we never expect to be writing about the sudden loss of one of our supporters.
This week everyone at ShelterBox was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Sharon Bridgman’s death. She and her husband Tim were in the second year of a great personal adventure, cycling from ‘North2North’ across four continents and 32 countries. They had already journeyed from Norway, south across Europe and Africa. Then, the unstoppable Bridgmans carried on from the tip of South America, heading towards Central and North America. Their final destination would have been Alaska. In anyone’s book, this was already a remarkable feat of endurance and sheer determination.
So, it is beyond sadness that the Bridgmans’ great exploit has ended in tragedy, and will never be completed. Sharon died in Bolivia after her bike was in collision with a vehicle while crossing the world’s largest salt flats – the Uyuni – close to the Bolivian / Chilean border.
Sharon and Tim had been cycling almost non-stop since June 2012, but intended to break their journey in July this year to return to Britain for a friend’s wedding. Sharon was the diarist for their travels, recounting their adventures in a blog with insight and good humour. Her cycling stamina hid a painful back condition, but cycling was her passion, and she and Tim used it to raise funds for charities.
We are very proud and grateful that the Bridgmans chose ShelterBox to benefit from their generosity of spirit. Sharon wrote about ShelterBox, ‘During our trip we’re raising awareness and money for ShelterBox. We have chosen them as they are based locally and help people all around the world. We went to visit them and were really impressed with the work that they do. Their vision is of a world where everyone affected by disaster has access to the shelter and basic equipment they need to survive and live in dignity and safety.’
In paying tribute to Sharon, our hearts go out to Tim and to all Sharon’s family and friends at this desperately sad time.

Monitoring disasters and preparing for the future

It’s just another Tuesday morning in a quiet corner of an industrial estate in Cornwall, but for the Operations team of ShelterBox it will be a busy day; monitoring disasters and enabling the disaster relief charity to be in a position to respond rapidly, effectively and efficiently when disaster does strike. 

The United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) estimates that several million earthquakes occur in the world each year and its not just earthquakes that need the attention of the Operations team. Since ShelterBox began in 2000, we have responded to earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and conflict, delivering emergency humanitarian aid to communities in need. 

ShelterBox currently has Response teams operating in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, nearly six months on since the Typhoon first struck, and in the Masvingo Province of Zimbabwe in response to flash flooding. Distribution of aid also continues for the charity in Syria through implementing partners. Logistical pipelines in this region are constantly changing and our Operations team is working to deliver an agile response, which means we are able to adapt to the changing situation and ensure aid gets to the families who need it the most. 

HELSTON, CORNWALL. 20 NOV 2013. ShelterBox Warehouse Coordinator Alan Johns helps to pack a ShelterBox destined for the Philippines. (Matthew Stone/ShelterBox).

Our vision at ShelterBox is a world in which all people displaced by disasters and humanitarian crises are rapidly provided with emergency shelter and vital aid, which will help rebuild their communities and lives. To help us try to achieve this we aim to rapidly provide emergency shelter and vital aid to stabilise, protect and support communities overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. What underpins these aims though is our organisational values which are intrinsic across all of our work from fundraising right through to the delivery of aid: Respect, honesty and integrity, accountability and resourcefulness while always acting in the best interest of our beneficiaries. 

Flooding in Afghanistan 

Flash floods in northern Afghanistan have forced hundreds of people from their homes in Sari Pul, Zawzjan, Faryab and Badghis provinces. The Operations team are currently liaising with other aid agencies active in the region to see if we are able to help aid families affected by the flooding. 

Wildfire in Chile 

In Chile, more than 10,000 people were evacuated from the port city of Valparaiso following a fire earlier this month. We are currently monitoring the situation and, through one of our Chilean SRT members, are in contact with the local government who are coordinating the response. 

Earthquakes and flooding in the Solomon Islands 

Two earthquakes struck the Solomon Islands on the 12 and 13 April after flooding also hit the region earlier the same week. Similarly to the aid effort in Chile, the local government is coordinating the disaster response in the Solomon Islands. ShelterBox are in discussions with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to see how best we could assist in the recovery process. 

IRAQI KURDISTAN. 29 OCT 2013. SchoolBoxes have been distributed at the Quashtapa refugee camp near Irbil. Over 2.6 million refugees have fled across the Syrian border into neighbouring countries. (Simon Clarke/ShelterBox).

Collaboration in disaster response 

This sort of collaboration in disaster response is becoming more and more common in our work not just with aid agencies and government bodies but also with logistics companies and airlines. They regularly offer cheap, sometimes free, freight as well as flights for our response teams, allowing for more of our donors’ money to be spent in other vitally needed areas. We work closely with the Global Shelter Cluster, a coordinating body made up of the leading humanitarian aid agencies who specialise in shelter. It aims to reinforce preparedness and technical capabilities to respond to humanitarian crises through coordination at regional, national and global levels. 

In 2013 ShelterBox responded to 34 disasters in 18 different countries helping over 10,000 families. Since inception, ShelterBox has responded to nearly 240 disasters in almost 90 different countries distributing over 135,000 boxes and helping well over one million people. 


World Malaria Day: Causes and protection

SRI LANKA. 16 JUN 2009. An estimated 150,000 people were displaced as a result of the civil war being fought in Sri Lanka. After initial assessments ShelterBox sent aid to the region, including mosquito nets. (Mike Greenslade/ShelterBox)

World Malaria Day is marked across the globe on 25 April to acknowledge the remarkable progress that the global development community has made in combatting Malaria. But the fight against this terrible disease continues. 

Malaria causes an estimated 627,000 people to lose their lives every year, mainly children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2013, 97 countries had an ongoing malaria transmission. 

Parasites cause the life-threatening disease, which are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes that bite mainly between dusk and dawn. 

Transmission is more intense in places where the mosquito prefers to bite humans rather than other animals and where the mosquito lifespan is longer. In the latter case, the parasite has time to complete its development inside the mosquito. For example, the long lifespan and strong human-biting habit of the African vector species is the main reason why about 90% of the world’s malaria deaths are in Africa. 

Climatic conditions may affect the number and survival of mosquitoes, such as rainfall patterns, temperature and humidity. In many places, transmission is seasonal, with the peak during and just after the rainy season, which is why they can be rife during storms and flooding. Malaria epidemics can occur when climate and other conditions suddenly favour transmission in areas where people have little or no immunity to malaria. They can also occur when people with low immunity move into areas with intense malaria transmission, for instance to find work, or as refugees. 

ZIMBABWE. 12 APR 2014. ShelterBox Response Team member, Phil Wheeler (UK), helps to set up a disaster relief tent in the Chingwizi camp. (Sharon Donald/ShelterBox).

Human immunity is another important factor, especially among adults in areas of moderate or intense transmission conditions. Partial immunity is developed over years of exposure, and while it never provides complete protection, it does reduce the risk that malaria infection will cause severe disease. For this reason, most malaria deaths in Africa occur in young children, whereas in areas with less transmission and low immunity, all age groups are at risk. 

Malaria is preventable and curable 

Malaria is preventable and curable. Increased malaria prevention and control measures are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many places such as insecticide-treated mosquito nets. 

‘In areas where protection is needed, ShelterBox provides Olyset Nets, an award winning long-lasting insecticidal net that uses hybrid polymer and controlled insecticide release technology to repel, kill and prevent mosquitos from biting for up to five years,’ said ShelterBox Supply Chain Manager Shane Revill. 

‘Put more simply, the net works to protect people sleeping under the Olyset Nets from mosquitos as liquid permethrin slowly releases into polyethylene fibres, a tough material and substantial physical barrier.’ 

Mosquito nets help protect and offer comfort 

The contact with the insecticide causes mosquitoes to leave without taking a blood meal and cause them to be knockdown or die. Families affected by disaster or humanitarian crisis are not only protected but also have a greater level of comfort. The Olyset Net has protected nearly 800 million people since it received the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation in 2001. 

ShelterBox tents can also protect people against mosquito bites and disease, an example being in Zimbabwe recently. 

ZIMBABWE. 12 APR 2014. The ShelterBox disaster relief tents help to reduce the risk of malaria. (Sharon Donald/ShelterBox).

‘ShelterBox tents themselves are mosquito nets and it’s really important to emphasise this to people who will be living in the tent,’ said Response Team member Phil Wheeler who was overseeing distributions in Zimbabwe, where Malaria is rife. ‘The inner door is netted and the windows are also netted. At first many people don’t realise this feature of the tent, but the moment they learn that they can better protect their children is often the same moment that parents express their most admiration for their new home. 

‘Sense of security and relief’ 

‘Malaria has been prevalent in Chingwizi camp, and with the dry season approaching, malaria cases increase. This means that countless families will be much safer in ShelterBox tents than anywhere else in the camp, and our equipment will help contain the spread of the disease. As someone who has had malaria, I know full well the sense of security and relief that being in a net brings every night.’

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