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Multi Sector Damages Needs Assessment (MSDNA)


Information presented within this preliminary report is based on field data collected during the period 13 to 22 October 2011.

A two-day training session for the field assessment teams was provided by WFP simultaneously in Sindh and Balochistan on 11 and 12 October 2011. This training was facilitated by WFP VAM and involved experts from each cluster/sector.

Making use of detailed questionnaires submitted by the different sectors and clusters, a community and household survey questionnaire was developed with input from all agencies. The questionnaires were designed to allow for comparison of the situation before and after the flood to assess the impact on livelihoods, household food security, nutrition and the market situation and to identify the key protection, gender, health, water and sanitation issues.

The affected areas in the notified districts were divided into 5 geographic regions based on agro-ecological conditions. Sindh was divided into 4 strata. Given the more limited numbers of effected population in Balochistan the affected area in this province was treated as one stratum despite large differences in agro-ecological conditions between the northern and southern parts of Balochistan.
For the community questionnaire, the primary unit of sampling was the village and the list of affected villages compiled in the Rapid Initial Assessment was used as the sample frame. In each stratum 43 villages were randomly selected. Subsequently, within these villages 10 households were randomly selected among those that reside within their own home, those that live with host-families, and those that live in temporary shelters.

In total, data was collected in 215 communities through separate community meetings for men and women. A total of 1,914 household interviews were conducted with displaced and affected households.

There were 20 assessment teams consisting of three members, at least one of whom was a woman. Each assessment team covered 10 to 11 communities. Each team was provided with a map indicating the sampled villages, roads, rivers and settlements. As a first step in the household sampling process, the assessment teams – through completion of the community questionnaire – identified the approximate percentage of the population living in own house, with host family or currently displaced and residing in road side camps or in collection centres. The locations of these camps, host families or collections centres were also determined. Subsequently, the sample of 10 households was proportionally divided among these 4 categories to get a close as possible approximation of the situation in the sampled communities.

Data was collected by using a PDA provided by UNICEF and WHO, combined into a single database in CSPRO and checked for outliers.

The assessment is intended to be representative sample for affected areas within the areas notified by the Government of Pakistan as ‘calamity hit’. The sample size allowed representative conclusions to be drawn for each defined strata but is too small to generate statistics at the district level. However, some indicative results were generated in this report at that level. As the data is aggregated up, actual status in affected communities may vary considerably from place to place.

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Assessment Date(s): 
13 Oct 2011 to 22 Oct 2011
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All affected population
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World Food Programme
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