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06 Dec
ARMAC Regional Consultative Meeting Deliberated the establishment of victim assistance network in the ASEAN region

ARMAC Regional Consultative Meeting Deliberated the establishment of victim assistance network in the ASEAN region

ARMAC Regional Consultative Meeting Deliberated the establishment of victim assistance network in the ASEAN region

5 December 2022, Bali, Indonesia. Under the project “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States”, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) organized the Regional Consultative Meeting to promote the establishment of a Regional Victim Assistance Network.

The meeting collected and synthesized inputs from ASEAN Member States’ (AMSs) representatives, and relevant stakeholders such as the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund, Humanity and Inclusion. Outputs from the discussion revealed that having the regional network in place as a central point to link related stakeholders collaborating on victim assistance services is essential and will be beneficial to explosive ordnance victim services providers. Stakeholders can use the network as a platform to learn, share knowledges and exchange best practices. Moreover, it is hoped that the network will continue to enhance the collaboration among explosive ordnance affected and non-affected countries to support one another as they improve victim assistance services.

The one-day intensive meeting was led by Mr. Prum Suonpraseth, Executive Director ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center. Guests of honor were H.E. Mr. Yeap Samnang, Ambassador / Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Cambodia to ASEAN and H.E. Mr. Kwon Hee-seog, Ambassador of the Mission of the Republic of Korea to ASEAN delivered the Remarks. A total of 38 representatives from the ten ASEAN Member States, international and national organizations participated in the meeting.

30 Nov
Psychosocial Support Training (2nd Batch), Siem Reap, Cambodia

Psychosocial Support Training (2nd Batch), Siem Reap, Cambodia

14 to 18 November 2022 – Psychosocial Support Training (2nd Batch), Siem Reap, Cambodia

ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) in collaboration with the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) and Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) with generous funding support from the ASEAN-Korean Cooperation Fund, ARMAC’s Victim Assistance (VA) Project hosted the first in-person training on Psychosocial Supports (2nd Batch). The training was primarily targeted for community leaders and volunteers from national non-profit organization and foundation including Cambodian Mine Victim Information System (CMVIS), Volunteer Survivors Network, Physical Rehabilitation Center, and Cambodian Red Cross.
The aim of the training is to enhance the skills on psychosocial support for aforementioned groups to enable them to provide psychosocial supports to landmines/Explosive Remnants of War-ERW victims at their communities. The trainees were introduced to series of topics covering psychiatric diagnosis, anxiety disorders, psychosocial impact of landmines and basic ground techniques, psychological first aid, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, caring for the self, alcohol and drug abuse, somatic symptom, suicide and deliberated self-harm.
The trainees felt grateful to undertake this training as the provided skills, for example, basic ground techniques and care to the self, can be applied not only to themselves when encountering trauma and stress but also to the Victims.
The total number of trainees was 78 persons and many of them express their interest in upgrading their skills to become the Psychosocial Support Trainers, which is planned to be held in late 2023.
Dr. Evelyn Boon, Prof. Leslie Lim and Dr. Cecilia Kwok, psychologist and psychiatrist experts, led a five-day Psychosocial Support Training.

 

29 Nov
Validation Workshop: Monitoring and Evaluation of Gender Equality and Inclusion in Mine Action

Validation Workshop: Monitoring and Evaluation of Gender Equality and Inclusion in Mine Action

The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) organized a Study Validation Workshop: Monitoring and Evaluation of Gender Equality and Inclusion in Mine Action on 28-29 November at Sunway Hotel Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The workshop also presented ongoing progress on the development and validated the findings of an upcoming study on the mine action sector’s approach towards monitoring and evaluation of gender and diversity across ASEAN countries mine action programmes. The workshop was organized to ensure that findings and recommendations presented in the draft version of the study are fit for the purpose of supporting mine action entities in their efforts to enhance gender equality and inclusion.

The Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) was commissioned to develop and write the study. The workshop is one of the deliverables under the project “Strengthen Gender Equality and Empowerment in Mine Action in the Mine/ETW affected ASEAN Member States” which is funded by the Government of Italy through the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo).

Over 30 participants from national mine action authorities, national and international demining operators attended the hybrid event.

17 Nov
International Forum on Mine Action under the theme: Challenges and Opportunity

International Forum on Mine Action under the theme: Challenges and Opportunity

ARMAC Executive Director  attended International Forum on Mine Action under the theme: Challenges and Opportunity held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 15-17 November 2022. The Forum helped to build linkage between ARMAC and mine action communities in the central Asia region, and forged potential cooperation between ARMAC and Azerbaijan National Mine Action Authority (ANAMA).

13 Nov
The Round Table Discussion on Women, Peace and Security

The Round Table Discussion on Women, Peace and Security

On 13 November 2022, ARMAC Executive Director, Mr. Prum Suonpraseth attended the Round Table Discussion on Women, Peace and Security hosted by the Embassy of Canada with the honorable presence of His Honorable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
The event gathered key stakeholders in the humanitarian mine action in Cambodia and the region as represented by ARMAC, all of whom actively involved in promoting more leadership roles for women in the sector.

25 Oct
Environmental Impact Management in Mine Action Workshop

Environmental Impact Management in Mine Action Workshop

Today ARMAC, together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), hosted Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) Organisations from around the ASEAN region in the Environmental Impact Management in Mine Action Workshop – the first of its kind in the region. The workshop is being held in Siem Reap over two days, and brings together international experts and practitioners to share best practices to ensure HMA actors take all reasonable steps to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. In opening the workshop, H.E. Ung Rachana, Chairman of the Steering Committee of ARMAC, underscored the importance of environmental management consideration, and one which would “require collective efforts to promote policy dialogue, research, capacity building, and scaling up and replicating of good practices across the ASEAN region”.

04 Aug
Workshop on Strengthening a strategic approach to address the rights and needs of mine/ERW survivors

Workshop on Strengthening a strategic approach to address the rights and needs of mine/ERW survivors

On 4-5 August, ARMAC staff participated in a 2- day workshop on “Strengthening a strategic approach to address the rights and needs of mine/ERW survivors, affected families and persons with disabilities in Cambodia” which was organized by the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority. The workshop showcased current policies and programs, challenges, and recommendations to improve the delivery of victim assistance in Cambodia.

ARMAC supports strategic framework initiated by the relevant national stakeholders to ensure mine/ERW victims are given equal opportunities to access essential services.

03 Aug
Workshop on Gender Equality and Inclusion

Workshop on Gender Equality and Inclusion

On 2-3 August, ARMAC staff participated in a 2-day workshop organized by the Cambodian Mine Action Authority and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining. The workshop aimed to strengthen the participants’ ability to mainstream gender and diversity considerations in their work. The workshop discussed concepts of gender norms and diversity in Cambodia, gender-age-disability data, and safeguarding awareness.

ARMAC supports an inclusive workplace and environment where women, men are given equal opportunities.

22 Jul
Psychosocial Support Training

Psychosocial Support Training

23 June to 21 July 2022 – Online Psychosocial Support Training Course

In collaboration with the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), Singapore Health Services (SingHealth), academic institutions, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) through its Victim Assistance (VA) Project had successfully completed the four remaining sessions of the first online Psychosocial Support Training Course.  The last session was held on 21 July and students had an opportunity to discuss “Addiction”.

Dr. Evelyn Boon, SingHealth’s Senior Principal Psychologist, and trauma expert once again led the technical facilitation for the session.

08 Jul
National Consultative Meetings. The Establishment of Regional Victim Assistance Network

National Consultative Meetings. The Establishment of Regional Victim Assistance Network

Nay Pyi Taw, 8 July 2022:

On 8 July 2022, the project, “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States” with the theme to support the establishment of regional ERW Victim Assistance Regional Network supported by ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund, the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC), in collaboration with the General of Department of Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar co-hosted the hybrid National Consultative Meeting in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The Meeting is the third planned national consultative meetings to promote the establishment of the Regional Victim Assistance Network, following the first three that had earlier been held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Hanoi, Viet Nam and Bangkok, Thailand respectively.

The participants shared knowledge and best practices on victim services implementation in the country as well as the establishment of the Regional VAN through the lens of the International Mine Action Standard (IMAS) 13.10, and integrated approach to victim assistance and voice of victims.

The Meeting was led by the Executive Director of ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center, Mr. Prum Suonpraseth and Mr. Aung Kyaw Moe, Director General of Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement of the Republic of Union of Myanmar. Attending as the Guest of Honor to the Opening of the National Consultative Meeting were the Union Minister and Deputy Union Minister of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement of the Republic of Union of Myanmar, Her Excellency Dr. Thet Thet Khine and H.E. Mr. U Aung Tun Khaing, together with permanent secretaries and DGs from other relevant ministries.

The meeting brought together over 60 participants in-person and online from all relevant national and international networks and stakeholders (including EO survivors/victims) working with and/or supporting the victim of EO and other persons with disabilities.