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.
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.
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.
With generous funding support from the ASEAN-Korean Cooperation Fund, ARMAC’s Victim Assistance (VA) Project in collaboration with the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) and academic institutes once again hosted the online session on Psychosocial Support Training. The second session was primarily targeted for nursing, medical, midwifery, and prosthetics and orthotics students . The session focused on understanding the aspects of trauma with trainees exploring different types of reactions caused by trauma. Trainees also learned to differentiate between Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) based from symptoms. Recovery stages from burns and trauma intervention such as trauma informed care principles were also introduced as they could be used as tools for future practice . A total of 70 students from International University (IU), University of Health Sciences (UHS), Chenla University, and the National Institute of Social Affairs attended the session. Dr. Evelyn Boon, Senior Principal Psychologist, led the discussion. The next session will explore and discuss further on PTSD and self-care.
The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC in collaboration with the Singapore Health Service (SingHealth) and the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), launched its first session of a 6-week Online Training Course on Psychosocial Support for medical and nurse students in Cambodia. The training course is made possible by the ASEAN-Korean Cooperation Fund supporting the implementation of the project, “Enhance Victim Assistance Programme in the ASEAN Member States.”
The course covers topics on (i) Psychosocial Impact of Landmines/ Explosive Remnants of War (ERW), and (ii) defining What trauma is and how it impacts on landmine survivors.
The first week of training led by an experienced Senior Principal Psychologist from SingHealth, Dr. Evelyn Boon, specialized on Trauma working at the Department of Psychology Singapore General Hospital. ARMAC and CMAA teams were facilitating the training.
This training is designed to enhance clinical skills on psychological and psychiatric interventions and support for victims of ERW (mine/UXO) for doctors, psychiatrists, medical-nurse students, nurses and other allied health workers in Cambodia. Best practices resulted from this training will be discussed and selected to potentially replicate in other ERW (mine/UXO) affected ASEAN member states including Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Training on the Best Practices of Financial Reporting and Taxation for Mine Action Organizations
Phnom Penh, 06 November 2020 – The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) was supported by the Grant Thornton Cambodia to provide training to finance/accounting personnel of mine action organizations in Cambodia.
The Grant Thornton Cambodia through the Philippine Embassy in Cambodia supported ARMAC to conduct training on the “Best Practices of Financial Reporting and Taxation for Mine Action Organisations”, on 6 November 2020.
The participants in the training are finance/accounting personnel from the various mine action organizations, including governmental, national and international institutions based in the Kingdom of Cambodia, including:
– Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA),
– Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC),
– National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces (NPMEC),
– Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA),
– Mines Advisory Group (MAG),
– Cambodia Self Help Demining (CSHD),
– Halo Trust,
– Japan Mine Action Service (JMAS),
The training discussed the importance of internal control system, common issues on organizations’ internal control, sharing of best practices on preparation of financial reports, as well as on recently updated applicable laws and regulations (Cambodia specific jurisdiction).
Regional Training on Quality Management in Mine Action
From 7 to 12 September 2020 – The ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) co-organised the Regional Training on Quality Management in Mine Action. The training was funded by the German Federal Foreign Office through GICHD. As a ramification of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the training was conducted in a virtual format.
With twenty trainees from the ASEAN region, the training aimed to provide theoretical and practical knowledge on how to implement the Mine Action project cycle for better results through improved quality. The participants expressed interest in areas such as improving their understanding of information management, using priority setting techniques for work plans, and managing risk in mine action.
The training included lessons which consist of extensive discussions of a wide range of topics revolving around quality management in mine action such as (i) Quality Management and Land Release Overview; (ii) Key Quality Management Principles; (iii) Quality Planning of Non-Technical Survey, Technical Survey and Clearance; (iv) Mechanical Demining Operations and Quality Management; (v) Quality Assurance; (vi) Quality Control; (vii) Accreditation, Testing and Evaluation of Mine Action Staff and Equipment; and (viii) Application Changes in Mine Action Organisations.
The training was mainly delivered by Mr. Yuri Shahramanyan, Advisor on Operational Efficiency at GICHD. He began with introductory topics including land release, which involves the identification of hazardous areas, the cancellation of land through non-technical survey, the reduction of land through technical survey and the clearance of land. The participants further engaged in the discussion of key quality management principles i.e. Customer Focus, Leadership, Engagement of People; Process Approach; Continuous Improvement; Evidence-based Decision Making; Relationship Management.
Further, the role of gender and diversity in mine action, particularly in quality assessment, was also outlined in the training. The trainer, Mr. Dominic Wolsey, Advisor on Gender and Diversity at GICHD, explained that women, men, boys and girls have different roles and responsibilities, different mobility patterns and exposure to risk, different participation in decision making and access to services & resources. Mr. Wolsey highlighted the importance of mainstreaming gender and diversity considerations to implement efficient and effective Quality Management.
During the training, Mr. Armen Harutyunyan, Advisor on Operational Efficiency at GICHD, also delivered a session on Introduction to Quality Management Terminology, ranging from the definition of efficiency and effectiveness, to the explanation of what process and products are in the context of quality management in mine action. Mr. Harutyunyan further remarked that “one of the main reasons for quality management is to continuously improve the way we operate”, further stating that “if we don’t aim to improve something, we go backwards”. He also discussed PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act) Approach with the participants, before introducing the notion of quality assurance and quality control as parts of a mine action quality policy.
Mr. Stanislav Damjanovic, Advisor on Operational Efficiency at GICHD, also provided input on the accreditation process of Mine Action organisations and specifically the need for organisations to be formally recognized as able to plan, manage and implement mine action activities and to run an effective internal Quality Management system. Mr. Damjanovic also discussed the best approaches to training Mine Action staff and the effective transfer of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
The training also included breakout group discussion, facilitated by Mr. Shahramanyan. The discussion included cancellation of hazard areas through Non-Technical Survey, reflecting on what consideration should be given to setting metrics and tolerances prior to conducting NTS to conduct cancellation, and how confidence is achieved through evidence-based decision-making process to release land through cancellation.
Regional Training on “Risk Management in Mine Action", 02-06 December 2019, Thailand
For the second time this year the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center (ARMAC) in collaboration with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), organised a Regional Training for ASEAN mine action stakeholders.
Funded by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Government of Ireland and in partnership with the Thailand Mine Action Centre, the training brought together participants from the five mine and explosive remnants of war affected ASEAN Member States to explore and learn about the different aspects of practical risk management in relation to mine action.
Speaking at the opening ceremony H.E. General Paripat Phalasin, Deputy Chief of the Joint Staff from the Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, remarked that the training will help to strengthen capacity in the region and build closer ties within the mine action ASEAN community.
Over the next five days, participants will be engaged in participatory exercises and lectures as they improve their current risk management approaches by not only increasing awareness of the risks involved in field operations, but also learning how to actively manage those risks through simple yet effective tools.
Looking towards the future ARMAC hopes to organise other trainings on a diversity of mine action topics and will continue to strive towards a supporting an effective and efficient mine action sector.
Regional Training on Risk Management in Mine Action
ARMAC in collaboration with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), the Thailand Mine Action Center (TMAC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will be organizing a Regional Training on “Risk Management in Mine Action” on 02-06 December 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The course aims to explore the different aspects of practical risk management, especially in relation to the context of Mine Action in South East Asia. The training will be delivered mainly in lecture style through PowerPoint presentations with time for questions and discussion. A visit to an EOD course will also be included.
Registrations are open to the mine and explosive remnants of war affected countries of ASEAN, including Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. Applicants will be selected on an assessment of qualifications.