ISLAMABAD:The World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRCS) today handed over an innovative information management system to the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS).
A press release issued by WFP on Thursday said the Volunteer Information Management System (VIMS), developed by WFP, will enable PCRS to maintain up-to-date information on its volunteers who play a key role in emergency preparedness and response activities. The system also provides a platform for online learning and knowledge management for use by volunteers.
“The VIMS software will enable PRCS to organize and mobilize its volunteer workforce more efficiently and effectively in the wake of any emergency or disaster,” said Finbarr Curran, WFP Pakistan Country Director. “By doing so, we enable PRCS to assist disaster-hit families and communities more effectively.”
“We greatly appreciate WFP’s support in developing the software and also the necessary training for our staff,” said Khalid Bin Majeed, Secretary General, PRCS. “The software is an invaluable contribution to our organization, making us better equipped to respond to emergencies. More lives could be saved as a result. Thank you!”
WFP’s support is part of the global agreement – ‘Strengthening Cooperation between the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRCS) and WFP’. In Pakistan, the collaboration is focused on several key areas: cash-based transfers; community-based disaster risk management; school safety; emergency preparedness and response; and supply chain, logistics and warehouse management.