Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA)
Humanitarian Emergency Logistics Program (HELP)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1) What is MAMA-HELP?
MAMA-HELP is a self-supporting, scalable, and robust communication and distribution network that can be rapidly deployed to provide support in the aftermath of earthquakes, tsunamis, famine, infectious disease outbreaks, cyclones/hurricanes and other disaster scenarios. The HELP program consists of two elements: first, communications wherein the needs of affected areas are compiled and prioritized and matched to resources, and second, distribution whereby materials are transported where and when needed. The MAMA-HELP demonstration project is being established in the Republic of Ghana.
2) Why was the Republic of Ghana selected for the demonstration project?
MAMA chose Ghana for the initial proof of concept demonstration project because the environmental conditions are the same as the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) affected counties, which we recently saw were ill equipped to cope with such an outbreak. Ghana is home to the United Nations Missions for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), meaning there is already a good source of expertise and support for such a project. Furthermore, the government of the Republic of Ghana had partnered with MAMA and is cooperating and collaborating to ensure that the MAMA-HELP program is launched successfully. Establishment of regional medical centers is integral to the ability of MAMA-HELP to assist during future infectious disease epidemics.
3) What is the healthcare mission component of the MAMA-HELP program?
The medical requirements needed to respond effectively to humanitarian emergencies can range from first aid, to sustained intensive medical treatment. The MAMA-HELP program will have the capability to support small unit first aid teams in the field as well as to establish and sustain full-scale trauma surgical and patient care hospitals.
4) What other government agencies or non-governmental organizations are you working or coordinating with?
The US State Department, USAID, The US Commerce Department, Ghana Ministry of Health, UNMEER, Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and various private foundations are all assisting in the development and deployment of MAMA-HELP.
5) Doesn’t the MAMA-HELP program duplicate United Nations programs?
The UN establishes specific missions (e.g. UNMEER was established in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak) that focus on explicit elements of disaster relief. The UN does not have an organization on stand-by ready to be rapidly deployed to procure, transport and distribute the matériel, facilities, and personnel needed to deliver aid to disaster survivors.
much will it cost to implement the MAMA-HELP program? How much will it cost
to keep the MAMA-HELP program on standby to respond to the next humanitarian emergency?
Costs projections are currently being finalized. We are confident that the cost of establishing and maintaining the MAMA-HELP program will be less than the cost of reactively deploying an ad hoc response. Imagine if infectious disease treatment facilities, proper transport and communication infrastructure, and an appropriate plan, had been in place prior to the first reports of the 2014 EVD outbreak. The outcome may have been significantly different. The purpose of MAMA-HELP is to prevent needless deaths in similar situations moving forward, at a fraction of the cost.
7) How will MAMA-HELP be funded?
The government agencies, non-governmental organizations, philanthropic foundations and individuals are all contributing financial support. MAMA has fiduciary responsibility for raising, managing and reporting all financial contributions.
will MAMA-HELP be operational? When will MAMA-HELP be capable for immediate
deployment in the case of a humanitarian emergency e.g. tsunami, earthquake, cyclone/hurricane,
famine, or infectious disease outbreak?
MAMA-HELP will be have limited operational capability in Ghana in the next year, with full operational capability in three years. The first priority of MAMA-HELP is to rebuild and re-stock the country's medical storage facility in Tema that was destroyed by a fire earlier this year. This has created a humanitarian crisis in itself.
9) The Ghana demonstration project includes
building fixed location hospitals. How
are they related to
a rapid response emergency logistics program?
Infectious diseases, such as Ebola, are very contagious and requires isolation and quarantine facilities to protect healthcare providers and to ensure the outbreak is contained and extinguished quickly . The clinics established during the initial MAMA-HELP demonstration project in Ghana will be infrastructure through which future outbreaks of infectious diseases will be fought.
10) How can I contribute to the MAMA-HELP program?
Please contact MAMAHELP@michman.org or call (734) 478-5533.
13) How can I volunteer for the MAMA-HELP program?
MAMA-HELP Partners offers the opportunity for volunteering to support MAMA-HELP. Email your volunteer interest and capabilities to MAMAHELP@michman.org.
The list of MAMA-HELP Partners is long and impressive. In addition, to the government agencies and NGOs mentioned elsewhere, MAMA-HELP partners include Ausley, RA International LLC, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and many more.
15) What does it take to become a MAMA-HELP “Partner”?
MAMA-HELP is privileged to have three categories of Partners:
- Contributing Partners (financial support)
- Operational Partners (goods and services)
- Coordinating Partner (aligned missions)
Organizations wishing to partner with MAMA-HELP are encouraged to contact MAMA at (734) 478-5533 or MAMAHELP@michman.org.