RedR UK immediately responded by deploying Members, providing technical support to front-line aid workers, and setting up a training programme to support aid agencies and their staff.
An initial needs assessment undertaken by RedR UK following the earthquake demonstrated an overwhelming need to support agencies responding to the disaster. On 28th February, RedR UK set up the Disaster Response Services programme in partnership with French training agency Bioforce to provide support to the relief teams.
Over the course of the programme, which ran until the end of October 2010, RedR UK trained over 1,000 relief workers across key humanitarian areas including Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), shelter, supply chain and fleet management, safety and security, and telecommunications, helping ensure greater effectiveness and best practice in the delivery of aid.
RedR UK delivered training and support to more than 50 aid agencies responding to the earthquake, including UNICEF, Save the Children, GOAL Ireland, Oxfam and the Haitian Red Cross.