September 27, 2018, Kabul – With an official event held on September 25th, His Excellency Dr. Ferozudin Feroz, Afghanistan Minister of Public Health, inaugurated the Incident Management System (IMS). The IMS is a digital platform for emergency coordination and response developed by iMMAP in partnership with USAID OFDA and the World Health Organization (WHO), aiming to support the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Command Control Center (CCC) in coordinating the preparedness and response to mass casualty disasters in Afghanistan.
The IMS will innovatively assist the MoPH-CCC emergency teams in preparing a coordinated response to any incident, by collecting and organizing the necessary disaster-related data and distributing the information among key response actors. After an event is reported, the IMS activates the emergency protocol and initiates the rapid-response activities.
The system validates the data entered to assure the accuracy and quality of the information provided. Thanks to its data visualization functionality, the IMS presents that information comprehensively through interactive dashboards and maps, aiming to transform data into knowledge, thus facilitating informed decision-making for emergency response within the MoPH-CCC.
During his inauguration speech for partners and the media congregated in the MoPH, Dr. Feroz stressed the importance of the IMS in assisting the Afghan government, since they are the frontline runners in dealing with the natural disasters that occur in the country, disasters that harm people´s lives and the economy of Afghanistan. Dr. Feroz thanked iMMAP for the technical support provided in this project, and he stated that the government looks forward to the continuation of the services provided by the IMS.
Following the speech from the minister, Dr. Richard Peeperkorn, WHO representative in Afghanistan, took the floor and expressed that disasters have a tremendous negative impact on communities and economies, and humanitarian stakeholders are very challenged in this environment: Afghanistan is country threatened continuously by all types of natural hazards, some of them striking hard-to-reach-areas which further isolate communities. Dr. Peeperkorn added that it is essential to assist the emergency preparedness and response operations strategically. In this climate, ¨the IMS will help to monitor and asses risk, and prepare and coordinate better emergency response activities¨, said Dr. Peeperkorn. ¨The IMS recognizes international best practices for emergency response operations, and it will assure operational readiness to respond to public health emergencies¨.
Mr. Ahmed Bayomie, iMMAP Afghanistan Senior IMO, expressed his gratitude to USAID OFDA for the support and thanked all actors involved for their contribution to the project. Mr. Bayomie also took the opportunity to reiterate iMMAP commitment to supporting the WHO and MoPH in the areas of information management and humanitarian coordination.
iMMAP has had a sustainable partnership with WHO and the MoPH in Afghanistan since 2015. We provide direct Information Management support to the Emergency Health Cluster, facilitating better access to data and better use of the available information to assist people in need across the country.
The Incident Management System marks a new accomplishment for iMMAP in our efforts to assist humanitarian partners with innovative, state-of-the-art digital services to support coordination and data-led decision-making. Now that the IMS is operational, stakeholders are confident that this real-time information platform will make a positive impact in the country-the IMS will benefit individuals and communities confronted with health emergencies caused by mass casualty disasters.