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AAH-I staff attend training on fundraising and proposal-writing

 

Three AAH-I staff from the HQ and from the Somali Programme attended a workshop on proposal writing and fund raising, held in Nairobi from 28th February to 2nd March 2017. The meeting was facilitated by Capacity Africa.

 

Participants included Befriend Suicide Helpline from Kenya, IUCN Network from Cameroon, Protection of Heritage sites from South Africa and Mbale Community Development Agency from Uganda.

 

The 3-day participatory training aimed at building skills and knowledge on best practices in fundraising and proposal development. It combined presentations with group activities. At end of the three days all participants were able to produce clear problem statements, problem analysis, log frames, work plans and budgets. In addition the training laid a foundation of resource opportunities available in Africa.

 

The three AAH-I staff that are attended were Programme Development Officer Wangari Wanjau and AAH Somalia Project Managers Abdullahi Keinan and Abdinasir Ali.

AAH International appoints Patron

 20 March 2017

 

As part of our continuing efforts to boost credibility to our cause, the AAH-I Board resolved to establish the AAH-I Patron role. It was agreed that the Patron would be an eminent person in society, able to promote and support AAH-I’s cause, lending credibility to the organization and enhancing our reputation and profile in the international arena. 

 

 AAH-I Patron Abou MoussaIn this regard, Mr. Abou Moussa, a Chadian national, has been appointed as AAH-I Patron. He was inaugurated on 18 March, 2017 at a colourful ceremony during the Board meeting held in Nairobi.

 

Mr. Moussa has served as the United Nations (UN) Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for UN Operations in Cote d’Ivoire from September 2005 until his retirement. 

 

His work with the UN began in 1980, when he joined UNHCR and worked in various roles in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire. He served as the UNHCR Regional Director for West Africa, based in Côte d’Ivoire, from 1997 to November 2002. 

 

He was appointed as Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) for the UN Peace-building Support Office in Liberia (UNOL) in December 2002. In this capacity, he represented the UN at discussions that brought about the Accra ceasefire agreement and the subsequent Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in August 2003 in Accra, Ghana. After the signing of the agreement, Mr. Moussa was appointed as UN Deputy SRSG for humanitarian affairs, Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme, and Humanitarian Coordinator for Liberia. 

 

From May to August 2005, Mr. Moussa was appointed as Officer-in-Charge of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).  From September 2005 to May 2011 he was appointed as Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (PDSRSG) to UNOCI (Côte d’Ivoire). With the departure of SRSG Schori in early February 2007, he became Officer-in-Charge of the Mission until the arrival of SRSG Choi in November 2007. During this period he participated intensively in the Ouagadougou Political Agreement preparations between the Ivorian Government and the Forces Nouvelles. Mr. Moussa resumed the position of PDSRSG to ONUCI until May 2011, when he was appointed SRSG for United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa based in Gabon.

 

Mr. Abou Moussa graduated in Law at the University of Lagos in Nigeria in 1972. He also graduated in Journalism at the Ecole de Journalisme and in Hautes Etudes Sociales at the Ecole Libre des Hautes Etudes Sociales in 1978. Moreover, He graduated in Sociology and Development Economics (DESS) at the University of Paris I (Sorbonne) in 1980.  He is fluent in French and English.

 

The AAH-I Patron’s role is an honorary position. The Patron shall consult with the AAH-I Board, but shall be a non-Board Member. The Patron shall serve not more than two terms of three years each from the date of appointment.

AAH International Board Chair visits HQ in Nairobi

 9 February 2017

 Staff-meeting-with-International-Board-Chair

 

“Are we as an organization and as individuals resilient enough to survive the ‘accordion business environment’? How can AAH-I use innovation and entrepreneurship to make the business thrive?

 

How do we strengthen the regional character of AAH-I?” The AAH-I International Board Chair, Dr. John Tabayi, posed these questions when he visited the headquarters and met with staff on 9 February 2017.

 

Dr. Tabayi passionately shared his thoughts about the value of continuous professional development in order to keep up with the demands of the business environment. Linking this to the concept of compressing and expanding the accordion bellows to make music, he encouraged staff to keep rewriting their job description as they learn new skills and take up new roles to effectively respond to the always expanding and compressing business environment.

 

He highlighted the need to showcase the impact of the work of AAH-I through documentation and storytelling across various communication platforms. “Let our milestones speak for us,” he said. While articulating the organization’s humble beginnings and current strategic objectives, he pointed out the gains that have been made in all AAH-I countries of operation and within the various thematic areas, and the need to tell the AAH-I story to raise the organization’s visibility and demonstrate the impact of our activities.

 

“We are uniquely positioned to transform our regions through the multi-sectorial dynamism that is a part of our organizational culture,” reflected Dr. Tabayi in relation to AAH-I’s expanding into Djibouti in the first quarter of 2017. “As we launch into Djibouti this year, let’s look for innovative ways to break country programme silos as we reinforce our footprint beyond refugee settings,” he said.

 

AAH-I Executive Director Dr. Caroline Kisia wrapped up the session by thanking Dr. Tabayi for taking his time to engage with staff and to feel the pulse of the organization at the headquarters level. This was the first meeting with HQ staff by Dr. Tabayi since he was appointed International Board Chair in November 2015.

Orientation held for new health funding in South Sudan 

A meeting to orient partners about the Health Polled Funds. The orientation meeting was held in Maradi County, Western Equatoria State, and was attended by healthcare staff and government employees.

The Heath Pooled Funds (HPF), led by Crown Agents organised an orientation meeting in Maridi, South Sudan, in late May, 2016. 

The meeting was attended by the County Health Departments (CHDs), local authorities and  implementing partners (IPs) from Maridi, Ibba County and Mundri West Counties, including AAH South Sudan. The purpose of the meeting was to assist the CHDs, local authorities and IPs to gain a better understanding of HPF's approach to programme implementation.

The local authority was receptive and appreciated HPF for its timely intervention to support health programmes in the counties. They pledged their full support to the HPF programme and its implementing partners,  including AAH South Sudan.

Under the HPF bridging grant, AAH South Sudan, provides services to 218,000 people. This includes working with the government to provide services in 56 primary health care facilities and one referral hospital in Ibba, Mundri West and Maridi Counties of Western Equatoria State. Fifty one percent of the healthcare workforce in the 56 health facilities are funded by AAH South Sudan.

Last year, AAH  South Sudan installed solar systems in 24 health facilities in Central and Western Equatoria States, with funding from Bread for the World.
 
HPF 2 is a three-year fund of around £120 million to the delivery of essential health services and the achievement of the three main objectives of the national health sector development plan across six of South Sudan’s ten states.
 
The HPF is supported by the Australian Government’s Overseas Aid Programme (AusAid), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the European Union (EU), and the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Community members in El Wak trained in the dangers of open defecation

Community members in El Wak, Southern Somalia, are trained in Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS). More than 600 households have been reached.

 

Community members of El Wak, Southern Somalia, have been taken through the hazards of open defecation.

This was as part of Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) "triggering" process that took place in five locations in El Wak town: Darkeley, Madino, Bulo-garas, and Wabari 1& 2 locations. Close to 600 households that have no toilets gained from the exercise, which was carried out this month.
 
Open defecation is the root cause of faecal-oral transmission of diseases such at typhoid, which pose an enormous threat to the health of community members. The main aim of CLTS is to eradicate open defecation.

”We are nomads by nature. Because of this fact, I have never thought of digging a latrine in my compound. Since my family and I moved back to the town, we have continued to use bushes behind our compound to relieve ourselves,” said Mama Khadija, a resident of Darkeley Location.
 
“Before this "triggering", I never thought what we are doing (open defecation) is the main cause of the many diseases that affect my children and myself. Since I am unable to dig a pit latrine by myself, I will request my neighbours to assist me,’’ she added.
 
After the CLTS training, community members promised to work together and construct pit latrines for their households. So far, 125 pit latrines have been dug. Eighty five households out of the 125 have started using their newly-constructed latrines, constructed using locally available materials.

This CLTS training is among interventions of Integrated Community Rehabilitation Programme that was launched earlier this year by AAH-I, in Somalia and its implementing partner, Nomadic Assistance For Peace and Development (NAPAD). The project's objectives include: to improve household food security levels, increase local knowledge and practices related to primary healthcare, increase access to Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and improve livelihoods among the target population, all by 2018.

 

 

Inspiring story ahead of the World Refugee day.