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Health

A day that may have previously included many steps, physical activities like walking from your car at your workplace parking lot twice per day, shopping for groceries, outings with the family or visiting shopping mall are absent for many. With this unprecedented lifestyle shift, there is a potential for the normalization of a more sedentary lifestyle packed with activities like watching television, sitting while reading for long periods, or sitting at your computer for longer-than-usual periods of time. We must stay proactive, and in some cases creative, to maintain an active lifestyle in the era of social-distancing. Even if you are not directly affected by COVID-19, or tested positive, it no doubt has had a drastic impact on your day-to-day routine, which could negatively affect your overall health.

Humanitarian aid in the WASH sector for communities affected by the flood, drought and COVID-19 pandemic in Kelafo, Gode and Denan Woredas in the Somali region, Ethiopia .

The project targets a total of 19,767 direct beneficiaries and approximately 109,100 indirect beneficiaries.9,246 people from 4 villages in Kelafo will benefit from the construction of the river water intake systems with subsequent filtration and 8,184 people from the construction of the Birkas.

A total of 2,337 inpatients and outpatients and the staff of the health centre of the city of Kelafo will benefit from the planned water supply system (river water extraction, filtration, distribution) and the rehabilitation of three toilet blocks every month. The health centre is located in the centre of the city of Kelafo and has 33 rooms for various purposes, while the staff consists of 23 men and women. It is responsible for the 109,100 inhabitants of the Kelafo District, in particular for the 25,330 inhabitants of the City of Kelafo.

The construction of 16 institutional latrines will benefit both the students in the schools of the target Kebeles and the patients and in-patients in the health facilities of the target Kebeles.

The entire population of the target kebles will benefit from the sanitation and hygiene promotion measures, the distribution of water disinfectants and WASH NFI as well as the clean-up campaigns.

A total of 54 CV (community volunteers) and CM (community mobilizer) from the 9 Kebeles will benefit directly from the hygiene training, who will then pass on their knowledge to the entire population.

Emergency Health and Nutrition Response Project

Donor: Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) Through OCHA

Project Type: Emergency

Location: Shilabo, Dobawayn, Denan and Gursum.

Project About: The main objective of the project is to improve health and nutrition status and reduce morbidity and mortality of all age groups particularly the vulnerable groups like infants, children under the age of five and pregnant and lactating women in drought and conflict-affected target woreda of Somali Region, Ethiopia. Likewise, the project will give particular emphasis on the current COVID-19 pandemic prevention measure to contain the spread of the virus. The project beneficiaries are 61,928 beneficiaries (including 22 IDPs sites with 3,855 H.Hs)

The project will prevent, detect and treat vulnerable communities though MHNT services provision, Facility and community-based surveillance, health worker /health extension workers capacity building, case management, outbreak support, mass vaccination of illegible children and reproductive age group and acute malnutrition through Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) including Therapeutic Feeding Program (TFP) and Targeted Supplementary Feeding (TSFP) for moderately malnourished children of 6 to 59 months old and malnourished PLW.

The project will support the nutrition screening of all children 6-59 months, Provision of CMAM training in a short session using prevention and control measures of COVID19 for service providers for the new guideline, Support the treatment of SAM with/ without medical complications in children between 6-59 months in the OTP and SC sites, Support OTP and SC sites for referral cases, support TSFP and OTP commodities to end-users, provision of food for mothers/caretakers of children in stabilization centers (SCs), provision of TSFP service for children 6-59 and PLW with moderate acute malnutrition, support the optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E) practices for infants and young children under 24 months and support the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and continuum of care. Mainstreaming of Gender and Protection activities will be also included. In line with the 2020 Ethiopian Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), the proposed project will deliver a full-spectrum of emergency health and nutrition intervention including prevention, treatment, management, community mobilization and case identification to achieve and sustain the project impact. Exceptionally vulnerable women and children in drought-affected and conflict-induced communities.

Safe, Protective and Quality primary education for emergency affected children in Somali regions

This project aims to ensure that children in Liben and Siti zones of Somali region whose schooling were interrupted by emergencies are provided with the opportunity to continue with their education. In Somali region, NRC will implement in Siti zones while Organization for Welfare and Development in Action (OWDA), NRCs downstream partner will implement in Liben zone. Besides  The activities are designed to address the needs of learners, teachers and parents during and after the emergency as detailed below.

If the schools remain closed, the project will;
• Procure and distribute solar radios in areas where households do not have radios
• In collaboration with the Somali REB, rent local radio channels and broadcast primary education programs

When the schools reopen, the project will;
• Equip schools with the necessary supplies to meet the school reopening procedures (handwashing, cleaning supplies etc.) and issue guidance for school directors and teachers on the implementation of the safe school operations
• Commence a back to school campaign to maximize retention after the school closures.
• Establish School and Woradas level Rapid Response Teams and make continuous follow up on school community situations and take relevant measures considering COVID19 health procedures & standards.
• Liaise with health extension workers to train teachers on a simplified case definition and alert notification procedures including registration and reporting about the symptoms of COVID 19.
• Train teachers on Psychosocial Support Skills (PSS) psychosocial support in the geographic areas affected by the virus.
• Translate, print and distribute key information on COVID19, e.g. posters for schools and the COVID 19 school guideline.

Emergency Health and Nutrition Response Project

Donor: Ethiopia Humanitarian Fund (EHF) Through OCHA

Project Type: Emergency

Location: Shilabo, Dobawayn, Denan and Gursum.

Project About: The main objective of the project is to improve health and nutrition status and reduce morbidity and mortality of all age groups particularly the vulnerable groups like infants, children under the age of five and pregnant and lactating women in drought and conflict-affected target woreda of Somali Region, Ethiopia. Likewise, the project will give particular emphasis on the current COVID-19 pandemic prevention measure to contain the spread of the virus. The project beneficiaries are 61,928 beneficiaries (including 22 IDPs sites with 3,855 H.Hs)

The project will prevent, detect and treat vulnerable communities though MHNT services provision, Facility and community-based surveillance, health worker /health extension workers capacity building, case management, outbreak support, mass vaccination of illegible children and reproductive age group and acute malnutrition through Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) including Therapeutic Feeding Program (TFP) and Targeted Supplementary Feeding (TSFP) for moderately malnourished children of 6 to 59 months old and malnourished PLW.

The project will support the nutrition screening of all children 6-59 months, Provision of CMAM training in a short session using prevention and control measures of COVID19 for service providers for the new guideline, Support the treatment of SAM with/ without medical complications in children between 6-59 months in the OTP and SC sites, Support OTP and SC sites for referral cases, support TSFP and OTP commodities to end-users, provision of food for mothers/caretakers of children in stabilization centers (SCs), provision of TSFP service for children 6-59 and PLW with moderate acute malnutrition, support the optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergency (IYCF-E) practices for infants and young children under 24 months and support the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and continuum of care. Mainstreaming of Gender and Protection activities will be also included. In line with the 2020 Ethiopian Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), the proposed project will deliver a full-spectrum of emergency health and nutrition intervention including prevention, treatment, management, community mobilization and case identification to achieve and sustain the project impact. Exceptionally vulnerable women and children in drought-affected and conflict-induced communities.

Emergency WASH Response project for the Conflict induced IDPs and Disaster affected host communities in Babile and Tuliguled woredas of Fafan zone Somali Regional State, Ethiopia(EHF Project)

This emergency WASH response project is intended to address the desperate WASH needs that people living defectively in the two woredas are facing. The project is inline with both the strategic and sector specific (WASH) objective of EHF funding. EHF 2020 first Round Allocation will be used for direct implementation of WASH activities as per Regional and national WASH Cluster priorities as prioritization on ETF 8th of April 2020 to address lifesaving needs including access to adequate and clean potable water, meaningful access to sanitation and creating awareness to adapt good hygiene practices and integrate covid-19 preparedness.

This project will intervene and address the immediate needs women, girls, elderly and vulnerable target groups. The identified gaps include shortage of water due to the high non-functional water schemes, poor sanitation coverage, low hygienic practices./absence of WASH NFIs for IDPs and the host community, inadequate technical capacity of the government staff to manage water schemes, prevalence of GBV cases in IDP sites and absence of dignity kits for adolescent girls in the IDP camps. The project is designed to address those gaps through rehabilitation and construction of water schemes, construction of communal emergency latrines, provision of WASH NFIs, provision of technical and logistic support to WASHCOs and local government staff. All the two targeted woredas are hot spot priority sites as per the information from WASH cluster prioritization matrix. The project in general aimed to contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality related to WASH related diseases through implementation of water, sanitation and hygiene projects in the target woredas. To address the most affected group of communities particularly women, girls and children in the IDPs by mainstreaming gender in all WASH activities.

Providing IDPs and host communities with essential WASH services, encompasses the priority activities set by the WASH cluster, which includes the expansion of access to safe water through on spot construction of new water sources, rehabilitation of nonfunctional water sources, the operation and maintenance of water supply network and distribution areas as well construction of sanitation facilities.

Aligning with the strategies of the global COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, and the national COVID-19 preparedness and response plan to rapidly detect, diagnose and prevent the further spread of the virus, OWDA will implement activities aligning with the preparedness measures in the project site and in collaboration with its key stakeholders. Through scale up hygiene promotion activities that will actively promote hand washing at critical times and delivering covid-19 messages, sanitation, promote safe water chain and support safe solid waste disposal. This will be done through production of IEC material with hygiene and covid-19 messages written in local language. Likewise, the project will consider gender and protection mainstreaming approaches.