An inclusive world in which all persons enjoy their human rights and a decent life, and achieve their full potential
Fairmed and Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM) have joined forces in the LNOB Alliance. It works in fragile contexts, prioritizing the needs of the most marginalized and discriminated people especially of women, men, girls and boys with disabilities. It seeks to improve living conditions of individuals and empowering marginalized communities while also strengthening inclusive systems and services. The Alliance contributes to the implementation of the UN Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which Switzerland ratified in 2014.
Primary health care
Health systems strengthening
- Christoffel Blindenmission CBM
Half of the world’s population still lacks access to essential health services. More than 800 million people are spending at least 10 per cent of their household income on health care driving almost 100 million people into poverty each year. Prevalence of disease and impairment are on the rise. Poor, vulnerable and marginalized people face the worst health outcomes.
One in seven persons globally suffers from some kind of disability, and one fifth of them (200 million persons) are severely disabled. Some 150 million children under 18 years old have a disability.
Gender and disability combined represent some of the most severe forms of marginalization and discrimination. In this context, the LNOB Alliance acts against discrimination, to promote inclusion and equality in civil society and gives a strong legitimacy for advocacy work.
The member organizations of the LNOB Alliance realize that the COVID-19 crisis further increases inequalities and particularly hits the most marginalized and discriminated people. Vital services as accessible health systems are under threat. The alliance partners respond by adapting ongoing projects in dialogue with the partners to the situation, increasing prevention (sensitization on safe behavior, hygiene and testing & tracing), protection (equipping with protective material), treatment (access to general health services, provision of psychosocial councelling), and alleviation of consequences (cash transfers for essential needs).
Improve quality of life for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized communities (people living with disabilities and their families, people with inadequate essential health services) and to promote transformative changes with respect to national development policies and systems. Transformative change has to be reached by tackling exclusion, discrimination and inequality. The LNOB Alliance commits to these internationally recognized priorities of sustainable development. The members of the LNOB Alliance have a track record in reaching the people at the bottom billion, and with the new alliance programme aim to enlarge their contribution.
· Poor, vulnerable and marginalized communities are empowered to exercise rights and cover their basic needs as inclusive, resilient and equitable communities
· Poor, vulnerable and marginalized communities have adequate and inclusive access to quality essential health-care services to attain their full health potential with special focus on neglected tropical diseases and avoidable impairment
· Poor vulnerable and marginalized communities have a voice, have capacity for advocacy, policy dialogue and self-determination of their development process
· The Swiss public is aware of inequalities regarding access to health, inclusion and human rights (for this outcome no SDC-programme contribution must be used).
· Women have full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership, decision-making and basic needs coverage(Transversal outcome)
· CBM has been able to empower persons with disabilities to uphold their rights and to demand inclusion, achieving changes in national legislations and framework conditions. Self-help groups consolidated through partner projects have mobilized support and opened access to basic services.
· FAIRMED: FAIRMED has been able to work at the grassroot level while also influencing policies. In Africa, FAIRMED strengthened health systems, often with a nexus approach.
PSEAH (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment) policy and compliance mechanisms have been introduced by both Alliance members, dialogue and introduction of PSEAH compliance mechanisms with local partners has started.
Results from previous phases:
CBM will be a new institutional partner of SDC, key results (2016-2019) include:
· Community based inclusive development project, co-funded by SDC (end 2019): 806 persons have been supported to gain access to official documents (disability cards, identity cards), allowing them to benefit from official social security schemes like free access to health care, pensions or others.
· More than 4 million persons have benefitted from eye health consultations.
· More than 150’000 therapies (physiotherapy, ergotherapy, speech therapy) have been realized.
FAIRMED will be a new institutional partner of SDC, they conducted innovative prevention of impairment and disability projects, key results (2016-2019) include:
· “Projet de Santé Primaire Lobaye”, co-funded by SDC (end 2019): 53,893 consultations for 34,475 consultants were provided. The number of institutional deliveries increased from 1,972 in 2018 to 3,309 in 2019.
· 461’000 episodes of medical treatment were assured.
· Health care provided to 300’000 out of camp refugees in Cameroon in partnership with UNHCR.
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Swiss Non-profit Organisation
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 13’500’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 10’125’000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF 13’500’000|