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December 2020
VRCS 2020


The objective of the Pacific Shelter Cluster is to support a coherent and effective humanitarian shelter response following disaster events in Pacific Island Countries, underpinned by preparedness and capacity building initiatives. The regional coordination team led by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in accordance with its global shelter cluster mandate, prioritises provision of support to country-level clusters across the Pacific according to their specific needs. Much of this support is provided to National Governments who are responsible for humanitarian response in their countries.

At the request of national governments, the Pacific Shelter Cluster continued to support national shelter clusters in 2020 with the coordination of four country-level emergency responses in Vanuatu and Fiji reaching around 23,429 households (119,410 people) with emergency shelter and essential household items, and technical assistance including safe shelter awareness, trainings and workshops. Recovery shelter guidance was developed as a part of the TC Harold response, seeking to link humanitarian shelter with longer term recovery processes. The Pacific Shelter Cluster also inputted into the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) COVID-19 Response Plan which covers 14 Pacific Island Countries and continued to support preparedness and capacity building initiatives tailored to in-country needs as detailed below.

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