Fast IT and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team (FITTEST)

FITTEST is an IT division of the World Food Programme (WFP) consisting of IT technical specialists from the UN that provide IT, telecommunications and electricity infrastructure to support humanitarian aid operations around the world. These experts are trained to work in high demanding and hostile conditions and work to provide most effective and efficient solution for the operation. fittest responds to emergency requests, such as wars, earthquakes, floods, or tsunamis, and can be ready to operate within 48 hours of the occurrence. Created in 1998, they have completed missions in 130 countries. In addition to responding to disasters, FITTEST also explores and documents how new and alternative solutions can be adopted for use for humanitarian needs.

In the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, FITTEST was present within 24 hours of the earthquake.  Their primary focus was to establish basic voice and data communications for immediate relief. FITTEST remained in Haiti 6 months after the earthquake to establish connectivity in Haiti.  The WFP now has shifted their focus to investing in the human capital in Haiti.

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