For Immediate Release
November 2, 2006

Front-Line Responders “Learn By Doing” in State-of-the-Art Certification Model Based on Best Logistics Practices in Public and Private Sectors

SAN FRANCISCO - Fritz Institute has formally launched the Certification in Humanitarian Logistics (CHL) program in an effort to build a global community of professional logisticians able to meet the increasing demands of effective disaster response. The program, which already includes 150 students from 10 countries, trains for excellence in humanitarian aid supply chain management, ensuring the speedy delivery of goods and services when disaster strikes.
“Well-trained logistics managers are absolutely critical to support a rapid and effective frontline response. Our goal with this program is to build a community of competent, professional humanitarian logisticians,” said Mitsuko Mizushima, Chief Logistics Officer of Fritz Institute. “These professionals face unique and intense catastrophic emergencies in which the timely delivery of goods and services is literally a matter of life and death. Never before has a comprehensive professional program existed to support and train humanitarian logisticians to meet this need.”
Developed in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT-UK), with partial funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), CHL uses a distance learning model with carefully designed materials, a real-life case study environment and interactive coaches. Designed for working professionals in the field, students need only access to a computer and periodic emails to complete the program. “No matter what the emergency or where it takes place, CHL has prepared me to deal with the situation,” said Charles Muchiri, International Committee of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (ICRC), who completed the training during its pilot period.
Students are guided through the program by working on specific tasks in such areas as procurement, warehousing, transport, and fleet management. Students prove their increased competency while learning supply chain best practices from the commercial world, academia and the humanitarian community. The course curriculum was developed in consultation with eight of the leading international aid agencies, including ICRC, International Rescue Committee, M�decins Sans Fronti�res, Oxfam-GB, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF, and World Food Programme.
“Our responsibility to disaster survivors and to our donors is to deliver aid quickly and effectively in difficult conditions. We are enrolling our logistics personnel in the CHL course because it will provide the training they need to respond to any kind of emergency and the skills they need to save lives,” said Paul Molinaro, Logistics Officer, Emergency for UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen.

To learn more about the program, or to register, visit

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