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For Immediate Release
January 23, 2008

FRITZ INSTITUTE TO IMPROVE RELIEF ORGANIZATIONS’ RESPONSE WITH NEW SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSE

SAN FRANCISCO – Calif., May 12, 2008 –– Fritz Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving disaster preparedness, response and relief around the world, today announced the availability of the Certification in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management course (CHSCM) within its formal Certification Program. Developed for humanitarian logisticians with an emphasis on incorporating supply chain management into organizational and program strategies, the second course in the program will help improve the overall efficacy of humanitarian assistance.

"Effective humanitarian response is ultimately determined by how well-prepared frontline humanitarian organizations are to manage their supply chains" said Mitsuko Mizushima, Chief Logistics Officer of Fritz Institute. "The CHSCM training emphasizes the strategic importance of supply chain and the critical role of humanitarian logisticians who must plan, resource and lead complex logistics and supply chain activities."

The course is geared specifically for logistics managers and senior logisticians working in relief organizations who are engaged in planning, resourcing and managing the supply chain and the implementation of supply chain strategy. To carry out such activities these certified administrators will be managing and leading other logisticians who are performing activities at an operational level.

"CHSCM will help create a new generation of senior logisticians within the humanitarian community who are able to manage the tactical logistics activities while maintaining a strategic view of supply chain within their organizations,” said Bernard Chomilier, Head of the Logistics Development Unit at World Food Programme. “As more people achieve certification, CHSCM will help professionalize supply chain in the humanitarian sector."

CHSCM was created in collaboration with an advisory committee made up of primarily heads of logistics from eight major humanitarian organizations, including International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Medecins Sans Frontieres – Holland (MSF – Holland), Oxfam GB, Save the Children US, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and World Food Programme (WFP). The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK (CILT-UK) is the awarding body and primary development party for the Certification.

The first course in the Certification Program, the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) course successfully launched in September 2006 and currently has more than 300 students enrolled in more than 70 countries. Like the CHL course, CHSCM is a competence based course, where students are asked to complete tasks to demonstrate application of knowledge rather than simply taking tests. For more information about the program, or to register, visit www.fritzinstitute.org.

About Fritz Institute

Fritz Institute is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with governments, non-profit organizations and corporations around the world to create innovative solutions and facilitate the adoption of best practices for rapid and effective disaster response and recovery. Fritz Institute was founded in 2001 by Mr. Lynn Fritz, a social entrepreneur and philanthropist, who recognized that effective front-line humanitarian operations must be supported by strong back-room capabilities: effective operational processes, appropriate uses of enabling technologies, well-trained logistics personnel, objective performance metrics, and institutionalized learning.

 
 
 
 
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