IOM Kenya in coordination with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, provided training on Introduction to Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) to 31 county government officials from Turkana County on 24- 25 August in Lodwar upon request by the county government.The objective of the training was to build the county’s capacity to manage evacuation sites as the risk of spillage from the Turkwel dam remains a great concern to the local populations in Turkana County. As of 3 September, the water level of the dam was 1145.93 MASL and there is only 4.07 meters remaining for it to reach the maximum capacity.
The county has developed preparedness and responses plans including the establishment of the County Incident Management Team (CIMT), Field Incident Management Team (FIMT), Regional Multiagency forum and Kenya Humanitarian Monitoring Forum. The contingency plan for this risk has been drafted and the preparedness towards the risk has been reinforced. The government has dispatched a team to assess the situation of the dam and potential designated evacuation sites.
Two sessions of one-day training on CCCM covered four topics including introduction to CCCM, key considerations in CCCM, information management in CCCM and prevention of infectious disease in the camp setting by focusing on the role of the government in managing displacement and displacement sites, importance of saving life and durable solutions for internally displaced persons.Dr. Tesera Bonyo, Medical Health Physician from IOM Kenya took participants through infection, prevention and control measures for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with consideration for the workplace. She also presented on strategies of prevention of infectious diseases in a camp setting. This session was delivered remotely, leveraging on technology which is the new normal because of the coronavirus. The lead trainer was Ms. Yoko Fujimura who is heading the IOM Kakuma Sub-office.
Officials from Public Service, Administrative and Disaster Management participated on day one which focused on different roles and responsibilities of a camp administrator, camp coordinator and camp manager. The second day had participants from the different departments who were taken through on the adaptation of the data collection tool based on the IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).
“Turkana County is now equipped with a County-specific data collection tool to gather information on displacement enabling the county to share reliable and credible information with our partners,” said Mr. Vincent Palor, Director of Disaster and Risk Management. “We are happy with IOM’s timely response to our request to build capacity of the county personnel in camp coordination and camp management,” he added.