How 3 seasoned aid workers prepare for mission in a conflict zone

Over the past two years, more than 2.8 million people have been displaced as swathes of Iraqi territory fall in and out of the government’s control in battles against armed opposition groups. Photo by: Stringer / Reuters

When Pranav Shetty gets ready to deploy for a new mission, he receives a kit from his employer containing a satellite phone, Internet device, solar charger, plug converters, GPS tracking device, water filter, tent and sleeping bag.

The kit’s provisions are part of the International Medical Corps’ emergency deployment procedure, particularly for on-call staff required for immediate deployment like Shetty, the organization’s senior technical coordinator for emergency response. Shetty, for his part, makes sure he packs clothes that suit the climate in-country, and carries extra food and medicines such as antibiotics and antimalarial drugs for emergencies located in malaria prone areas. He also reads up on country specifics — language, currency, ethnic makeup — on the plane as part of his program preparations.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.