AAH International appoints Patron
20 March 2017
In 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
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.
International Board chair urges communities to value education
Beauty Lukwesa shares her experience during a visit by AAH-I's International Board chair, Dr John Tabayi, and Executive Director, Dr Caroline Kisia, to Mushota, Kawambwa District, Luapula Province, Zambia.
AAH-I International Board Chairman John Tabayi has urged Zambian communities to embrace the value of education.
Dr Tabayi made the call during his visit to areas where AAH Zambia is implementing its projects. “Education is a strong pillar and without it, one cannot aspire to be a better person in the society. Without education we cannot have professionals such as doctors, nurses or even aspire for political leadership,” he argued.
“Success lies in your own hands and that can only come once you acquire education. To parents, encourage your children to go to school and discourage them from getting married at an early age.” He urged parents to invest their time and resources in the education of their children as the benefits of doing so are long-term.
Meanwhile, beneficiaries of the projects AAH Zambia is implementing shared their experiences with Dr Tabayi and Dr Kisia.
Beauty Lukwesa, 42, from Mushota in Kawambwa District, narrated how she had benefited from the interventions. “Back in 2013, I had fell ill and my health deteriorated. I thought it was malaria but instead of seeking medical attention from an health centre, I decided to take herbal medicine. My sickness worsened,” she explained.
In 2014, AAH Zambia conducted a mass sensitisation on HIV/AIDS in the area, and the nature of the messages compelled Beauty to go to an health centre where a thorough diagnosis was done on her. She tested for HIV. “It felt like it was the end of the world but continued to go for counselling at the health facility. Through the support of AAH Zambia, I regained my self-esteem and was put on Anti retroviral drugs (ARVs).”
Beauty said she enjoyed good health and was free to talk about her health status to encourage more people to go for Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT).
AAH Zambia's programme has been implementing activities on maternal and child health in partnership with the District Health Management Team, rural health facilities and local community based structures such as Community Action Groups. Programme activities are designed to reduce rates of people living with HIV/AIDS in rural areas and address loss to follow-up of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS, provide sexual reproductive health services to women and girls and ensure that women who are HIV negative remain so.
Dr Tabayi and Dr Kisia visited Zambia from 6 to 10 June 2016 on a tour to familiarise the incoming International Board chair with AAH Zambia projects.