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Connecting Humanitarians in Mali

Connecting Humanitarians in Mali

In emergencies, humanitarians rely on communications to be able to coordinate operations. As global lead of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), WFP teams are deployed in Mali to set up these vital connections.

On the Ground Assessments

As soon as technical teams arrive on the ground, they carry out an assessment to find out what is already in place and whether they can reuse any equipment. WFP’s Fast IT and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST) carried out this assessment in Gao where connectivity services have recently been established for the humanitarian community.

Assembling Satellite Dishes

In order to enable rapid deployment, satellite dishes are transported in relatively small, portable boxes. Here the ETC team in Mopti carry equipment from the truck to the assembly point. 

Stabilising Equipment

Once assembled, satellite equipment must be stabilised, particularly in the harsh and extreme weather conditions of Mali.

Extreme Conditions

Humanitarians always need to be able to communicate, regardless of the weather! Here in Gao, the occasional sandstorm poses challenges for the technical team.

Solar Solutions

Technical equipment obviously requires power to operate. For WFP and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), solar panels are a standard part of our solution to minimise the impact on the environment.

In emergencies, humanitarians rely on communications to be able to coordinate operations. As global lead of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), WFP teams are deployed in Mali to set up these vital connections.