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International trends and current developments in international civil protection are important for THW. In the following messages, you can find out where THW is internationally active and what news there is.

Ceremonial handover of the keys, with THW Adviser JCC Franziskus Bayer, THW Liaison Officer Florian Gottschalk, Vice Consul Christofer Burger and the JCC Director Hoshang Mohamed (l. to r.).

More mobility with new vehicles

The THW presented the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) in northern Iraq with three new, well-equipped vehicles yesterday. The JCC is a governmental agency in the autonomous Kurdistan Region and will use these vehicles for mobile mission coordination.
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Currently the THW is assisting six camps in the autonomous Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq.

Emergency Accommodation and “WASH” – Humanitarian Assistance from the THW

“With our technical and logistical expertise, we are ready to help whenever people are in need,” declares THW President Albrecht Broemme today on World Humanitarian Day. The current refugee situation is placing particular demands on the THW – at home and abroad.
On August 26, 1966, a THW relief mission to Turkey started.

Fifty years after the 1966 earthquake in Turkey

More than 2000 people lost their lives as a result of the severe earthquake in eastern Turkey on August 19, 1966. Many more were seriously injured and tens of thousands lost their property. On August 26, 1966, a THW relief mission to Turkey started. 30 volunteers from the local sections in Bonn, Cologne and Dortmund took part, primarily working at the devastated hospital and administration buildings in Hinis.
For more over a decade the THW cooperates with the WFP.

Worldwide networks of disaster relief assistance

After flooding, earthquakes or other disasters, rapid and specific assistance is vital. This is why the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been working together with the THW and other German organisations as part of a Cluster Approach to providing relief.
Hand in hand, interculturally: In northern Iraq, THW operatives from Germany work hand in hand with THW employees from the local region.

Brick replaces canvas – THW Vice-President in northern Iraq

On behalf of the German government, the Technische Hilfswerk (THW) is providing assistance to establish refugee and transit camps for Syrian refugees in the autonomous Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq. This support began in 2013, and currently the THW is assisting six camps. During a four-day visit, Gerd Friedsam, Vice-President of the THW, gained an impression of the work performed by THW operatives. Particularly interesting was a trainee programme for new international volunteers.
After the earthquake in India 15 years ago, SEEBA experts from the THW rescued two people from the rubble.

Fifteen Years Ago: Completion of Earthquake Deployment in India

On January 26, 2001 an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck regions of India and Pakistan. 30 THW operatives from the Rapid Deployment Unit Search and Rescue Abroad (SEEBA) set off with six rescue dogs immediately after the disaster. After their arrival in Gujarat, India, they were able to rescue two people from the rubble. The next phase of the operation saw the THW provide the local population with drinking water until July 2001, acting on the instructions of the GIZ.
The two THW reconaissance teams completed their work in West Africa.

Ebola epidemic: THW's investigators back from West Africa

In the last few days, the two reconnaissance teams from THW returned from West Africa to Germany. On behalf of the Federal Government, since the beginning of October, they had investigated on site how THW can support the fight against the Ebola epidemic.
The concrete and safe handling of ladders is part of the training in Tunisia.

Export hit honorary office: start of third training course in Tunisia

Since this week, more than 50 Tunisian volunteers have expressed their delight in honorary office commitment during the third training unit in Ben Arous near Tunis. Until the beginning of November, with the support of THW-staff, the volunteers will undergo THW’s basic training, aligned to local circumstances. At the launch on Monday, the German ambassador to Tunisia visited the project.
THW and ONPC, giving training for Tunisian volunteers.

Tunisia: Start of basic training

Supported by THW, training for voluntary Tunisian civil protection staff has started. Until 13 September, 45 voluntary members of rescue teams underwent THW’s basic training in the mountain region of Jendouba. The training has been adapted to the Tunisian system.
The participants in the VinCaB-project.

EU-VinCaB: Starting micro projects

The joint EU-project of civil protection and disaster management organisations as well as Red Cross societies for micro projects in South America and Kosovo is being launched. In the frame of the Volunteers in Capacity Building Projects (VinCaB), the first THW volunteer will leave for Columbia today.

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