Keyword: Non-Food Items

Non-Food Items

This icon and keyword combination represent Non-Food Items. The related sub-sections are listed below.


Implementing disaster response

Conduct a detailed needs assessment

Who does this: member/country programme, with support from IHART

The purpose of a needs assessment is to gather detailed information about the disaster and the impact on the communities that ActionAid works with. The needs assessment is different to the rapid assessment conducted in the first 72 hours after the disaster. The needs assessment collects more detailed information on the impact of the disaster and the needs of the affected communities. This usually begins from week one of the crisis and should be completed four weeks after the crisis has begun. It will determine the scale and type of ActionAid’s response to the disaster and will directly inform the Emergency Response and Resilience Building Plan. The needs assessment is also essential for developing credible funding proposals to donors.

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Non-food items (NFIs)

Providing NFI support in emergencies is essential to ensuring the safety, security, health, dignity and wellbeing of people affected by disasters.

Clothing, blankets and bedding materials meet personal human needs for shelter and for the maintenance of health, privacy and dignity. Access to basic goods and supplies enables affected populations to prepare and consume food appropriately, meet personal hygiene needs and build, maintain or repair shelters. All affected populations – whether they are able to return to the site of their original homes, are hosted by other families or are accommodated in temporary communal settlements – will have individual and household non-food item needs that must be assessed and met as appropriate.

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