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Reaching Out will address a wide scope, different regions in the world, areas of interest, related demonstrations and innovative tools. The 5 demonstrations will take place in Africa, Middle East and Asia with the active support and participation of national authorities who have mobilize their best resources.
Five large scale demonstrations are addressing different themes, environments and continents:
a) Health disaster: Epidemics in Africa - Guinea (Ebola) with strong social and cultural issues;
b) Natural disaster: Earthquake in a politically complex region and a desert environment - the Dead Sea (led jointly by Jordan, Israel and Palestine);
c) Global change disasters in Asia:
Previous epidemics have revealed gaps in humanitarian and health crisis management. The Reaching-Out Ebola demonstration will be a lessons learned-based model for improving health crisis management outside the EU. This type of crisis is highly specific and pinpoints the generic weaknesses impeding rapid and efficient crisis management. Several typical weaknesses can be found at different levels of the response management chain, both at the level of international and European organisations and at the level of the affected countries. In addition to EU support, the Ebola demonstration will address the question how the EU can better contribute to the improvement of factors that may substantially weaken the autonomous national capacity to face a large-scale crisis by hampering the rapid set-up of own logistics, medical and civil protection means, and an appropriate national and regional coordination. Specific human and anthropological issues will be addressed as well as prevention measures such as future vaccines. The Reaching-out Ebola demonstration will be held in Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, in December 2018 and will focus on a joint demonstration of deployable tools developed by the Reaching-Out partners to address identified health crisis management gaps, as well as on the training and education of local health staff as part of the reinforcement of local health care.CONCEPT & APPROACH
A major earthquake along the Jordan Valley is eminent, and will cause a regional disaster, complicated by the geo-political situation. Such an incident will affect 8 – 10 million people, and massive international assistance will be needed. We see this demo as an opportunity for experts from the three entities (Israel, Palestinian Authority, Jordan) to explore innovative and novel solutions in different areas of crisis management; to work with the tool providers on adaptations needed in the tools to improve their performance in the regional setting; to learn more about international assistance coordination; and to exchange ideas.
General objectives for the three Asia demonstrations.
The three demonstrations will be used for assessing the management chain and procedures with the aim to better serve the affected population and assets. The objective is to improve the following aspects: