In each priority country, SPRINT partners with an existing SRH/humanitarian/emergency response country coordination team (CCT), which is any representative group of agencies in-country collaborating to plan, coordinate and monitor SRH activities during emergency responses. Existing CCTs may be reproductive health (RH) working groups led by the national government or UNFPA. SPRINT seeks to work within existing coordination mechanisms whenever possible but in situations where no coordinating body exists, SPRINT can mobilize SRH and humanitarian stakeholders (inclusive of government, UN agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and donor agencies) to form one. Through partnership with CCTs/CCT member agencies, SPRINT helps strengthen national capacity to respond to SRH needs during crisis, through technical assistance, training, resource mobilisation and direct funding.
Does SPRINT only work with IPPF Member Associations?
In countries where an IPPF member association (MA) exists and has strong capacity, the MA may play a strong role in coordinating and implementing SPRINT activities, but SPRINT requires that they demonstrate close cooperation with all CCT member agencies. SPRINT seeks to partner with and support each CCT as a whole, rather than as separate organisations. In countries where an IPPF MA does not exist or does not have the capacity to coordinate and implement SPRINT activities, another agency within the CCT may be identified as a SPRINT partnership focal point.
The outcomes of SPRINT partnership are:
- National disaster management/humanitarian response policies include The MISP
- Funding and resources for The MISP preparedness and implementation increase
- National stakeholders have the knowledge, skills and motivation to carry out a coordinated SRH response during an emergency
- Country coordination teams have the capacity to respond effectively in a timely manner during a crisis
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
Disaster preparedness and response are core business for DFAT. In the past decade (2004-2013), almost 980,000 people were killed and almost two billion affected by natural disasters. In 2013 the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide was 51.2 million people. The economic losses from disaster over the past 30 years are estimated at US$3.5 trillion.
Australia's location in the Indo-Pacific provides us with a unique perspective on humanitarian action. Australia is committed to helping partner governments manage crisis response themselves. This is done through building the capacity of the national government and civil society to be able to respond to disaster. DFAT also works with experienced international partners to prepare for and respond to disasters, including other donors, United Nations agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and non-government organisations.
In 2013-14, Australia responded to 20 crises providing $133 million in life-saving assistance to more than 15 million people. Australia maintains the capability to lead and coordinate Australian technical teams (medical, engineering, search and rescue) to simultaneous crises.