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AAH-I International Board visits Djibouti



A high-level team of the AAH-I International Board (IB) Members and Executive Director visited Djibouti from 13th to 19th August 2017. The visiting team consisted of AAH-I Founding Member and IB Chairman Dr. John Tabayi, AAH-I Founding Member and IB Member Prof Vinand Nantulya, Chairman AAH-I Audit and Governance Committees Mr. Sultan Amri and AAH-I Executive Director Dr. Caroline Kisia. They were hosted by AAH-I Djibouti Country Programme Manager Mr. Meltanan Gommitan.


AAH-I IB visits Djibouti

L to R: Madam Fayek Moussa Mohamed, Deputy Director NGO Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Caroline Kisia, Dr. John Tabayi, Guelleh Idriss Omar, Director Multilateral Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prof Vinand Nantulya and Mr. Sultan Amri.



The objectives of the visit were to:

  1. Familiarize with AAH-I operations in Djibouti including meeting AAH-I staff on the ground.
  2. Raise the profile of AAH-I within Djibouti and enhance our visibility.
  3. Strengthen partnerships and communicate that AAH-I is in Djibouti and is ready to support Government efforts and to collaborate with partner organizations to serve challenged communities, both refugees and host communities.


The team met with teams from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Office for Assistance to Refugees and Displaced Persons, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Intergovernmental Authority on Development, World Health Organization, World Food Programme and United Nations Children's Education Fund. They also met with AAH-I staff at the Country Office, the Ambouli clinic and at the Ali Shabei, Ali Adde and Holl Holl field locations.


AAH-I IB visits Djibouti

Prof. Vinand with refugee children in AAH-I-run Holl Holl health centre



From June 2014, AAH Djibouti has been implementing a health project to provide health care services to the local community, urban refugee and refugees referred from camps. AAH-I is running health centres and providing health and nutrition services.


In spite of initial teething problems AAH-I has been well received in Djibouti. It is appreciated that AAH-I is bringing value based on our experiences and long track record in other countries. We will benefit from embracing the spirit of partnership with government, our principle partner UNHCR, and other partners.

Inspiring story ahead of the World Refugee day.