Iamaneh program contribution East

Project completed

The program of IAMANEH Switzerland addresses women and children in Western Africa and the Western Bal­kans in order to secure their access to quality primary health services, to grant safe motherhood and birth, to offer protection and safety from violence and health damaging practices and to allow informed choice with re­gard to family planning and prevention. Advocacy work contributes to the improvement of frame conditions for health and the securing of a sustainable health and social protection system in these regions.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Western Balkans
Western Balkan: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania
Conflict & fragility
Health
Human rights
Psycho-social support (till 2016)
Health systems strengthening
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016
CHF 1'000'000
Background

Access to reproductive and sexual health and rights is seriously threatened for many women and hildren in developing countries. Especially in sub-Saharan Africa, the risk of dying during pregnancy and child­birth is highest in the whole word. In the Western Balkans, dying from do­mestic violence is one of the highest death risks for women and girls. Apart from insufficient health care facilities, gender based dis­crimina­tion of women and girls is a key obstacle to achieving repro­ductive and sexual health and rights. Therefore be­sides improving basic health care for future mothers it is indispensable to de­velop measures that protect women’s rights and enlarge their room to manoeuvre.

Objectives

To improve, protect and promote health and especially reproductive health for women and children in Western Africa and the Western Balkans.

Target groups

Women and children, with strengthened focus on youth – girls and boys.

Men are included as strategic target group, if this sup­ports the improvement of health for women and chil­dren.

 

Medium-term outcomes
  • Health centres and local health professionals have enlarged their professional competences with regard to reproductive health and the quality of health services offered has improved.
  • Access to reproductive health services, especially to family planning, has improved.
  • Community based health insurances facilitate access to health provision to women and their families in a durable way.
  • Women and children victims of violence receive protection and professional care and are supported in developping new living perspectives.
  • The awareness and knowledge of the population on reproductive health topics, especially on family planning, maternal mortality, HIV/aids and sexually transmitted diseases as well as on women’s rights and gender have improved.
  • Local governments and decision making bodies are sensitized for reproductive health and rights-issues, recognize their repsonsibilities and take action for improvement of relevant frame conditions.

 

Results

Expected results:  

  • Health centres and local health professionals have enlarged their professional competences with regard to reproductive health and the quality of health services offered has improved
  • Access to reproductive health services, especially to family planning, has improved.
  • Community based health insurances facilitate access to health provision to women and their families in a durable way
  • Women and children victims of violence receive protection and professional care and are supported in developping new living perspectives.
  • The awareness and knowledge of the population on reproductive health topics, especially on family planning, maternal mortality, HIV/aids and sexually transmitted diseases as well as on women’s rights and gender have improved.
  • Local governments and decision making bodies are sensitized for reproductive health and rights-issues, recognize their repsonsibilities and take action for improvement of relevant frame conditions.

 


Results from previous phases:  

  • Targeted training of health professionals has im­proved the management of health centres and the quality of the service offer in the pro­gram areas.
  • Concentrated sensitization efforts in the popula­tion have lead to a higher frequenting of health centres. A significant augmenta­tion of prenatal care con­sultations of more than 60% in the partner health centres could be observed. Also the number of at­tended birth’ at the health fa­cilities has in­creased.
  • The construction of a health centre with mater­nity clinic in a suburb of Bamako has contrib­uted to an important increase of the service of­fer for women and children.
  • In Bosnia-Herzegowina, Albania, Mali and Sene­gal professional, culturally sensitive and context adapted services for protection, coun­selling and therapy of victims of vio­lence have been devel­oped and staffed with skilled per­sonnel. In the Western Balkans, 8’652 women victims of violence have re­ceived protection and professional care within 3 years.
  • As a consequence of intensified sensitiza­tion work with youth on gender and violence at schools an increasing number of young­sters has searched for support at a coun­selling ser­vice for victims of vio­lence in Al­bania.

 


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
Project partners Contract partner
Swiss Non-profit Organisation
  • IAMANEH


Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'000'000
Project phases Phase 4 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2018   (Completed)

Phase 3 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)

Phase 2 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014   (Completed) Phase 1 01.01.2008 - 31.12.2012   (Completed)