Nasib women´s health information training in the Horn of Africa

Nasib women´s health information training in the Horn of Africa

Somalia
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
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Nasib arranges media skills training for women in the Horn of Africa. Up to 150 Somali women and girls have been trained over 4 years, focusing on health communication. In addition to media skills, participants are trained also by doctors in basic healthcare. The participants are currently publishing a monthly magazine, radio programs, video clips and wall cartoons about health, nutrition and sanitation. The publications spread through local media, health and emergency nutrition centers and the internet, reaching tens of thousands yearly.

About Project

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

This is the only existing long term project to train Somali women in media. Combining health care skills and media skills is an innovative approach to train experts in health communication. In conflict and disaster conditions, access to health information is crucial. Nasib project provides multi-platform health media that reaches a wide population, including the vulnerable and the illiterate, those living in IDP camps, urban and rural areas. The media is produced by women and girls who learn valuable skills, increase their capacities and income generation opportunities.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Training women and girls in media skills and basic health care to disseminate health information.
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How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.

Somalia has been in civil conflict for 20 years, without functioning government and infrastructures for healthcare, education and information among others. In addition to displacement of people caused by constant fighting, the area suffers repeated disasters of drought or flooding which causes more displacement and hunger. Currently Somalia suffers most from the East Africa - wide drought that drives families, mostly women, children and the elderly to seek food. water and refuge across borders and in IDP camps. While international aid organizations monitor the situation and operate in the neighbouring countries, they have limited reach and access inside Somalia. Disseminating health, nutrition and sanitation information to the population inside Somalia provides a lifeline combined with the efforts of local organizations which often operate without external support from abroad.

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Shukri Ahmed is a Somalian born journalist and filmmaker, having also studied health care to the level of qualified nurse in Europe where she arrived as a refugee in the start of the Somalian civil conflict. Following the ongoing conflict and reoccurring natural disasters, she understood the importance of access to health information in difficult conditions. She founded a groundbreaking project combining media and health care skills for women.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

Up to 150 women have been trained in media and health skills.
According to qualitative and quantitative data, the media products of the project reach thousands of people, disseminating vital information about health, sanitation and nutrition, helping to save lives and reducing risks of infection, malnutrition and contamination.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

1,001- 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

The project will have trained 200 women by the end of 2011, which is the 5th year of the project.

Task 1

A new group of women start a longer training period of six months each year, this year up to 50 women are attending.

Task 2

Funds for the training have been secured.

Task 3

Trainers for the women group are trained twice a year. First training session was conducted in May, second session will be in October.

Identify your 12-month impact milestone

The project is in the 5th and final year. Funds are currently raised for the second stage of the project 2012-2014.
In 12 months, our goal is to have secured funding and started second stage.

Task 1

We will perform final evaluation of the 5 year project

Task 2

Based on the evaluation, and earlier intermediate evaluations, we will adjust our operational plan for the second stage of the project

Task 3

We will submit applications to funders.

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

The project is in the 5th and final year of the first stage. In the second stage, we will focus on the generation of job and business opportunities for women trained in the first stage, and teach them advanced skills in media production to prepare them for their profession and enterprise. We will give them assistance in acquiring appropriate technology and facilities and become self-sufficient. In the end of the second stage of the project we will hand over ownership of the project to the local partner, who will continue training and disseminating business and employment advisory for the women.

Sustainability
What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The ongoing conflict in Somalia affects the project operations in terms of safety and outreach. Before a relative stability is reached, it will be difficult to scale up the operations in Southern Somalia. However we have successfully entered into collaborations with the local media and non-profit organizations both in Southern Somalia and Somaliland where there is no conflict. We have the opportunity to safely train the trainers of project in Somaliland, and they are able to continue longer and shorter training to approximately 50 participants yearly in Southern Somalia. Our goal is the self-sustainabilityb of the participants, so that they will be able to employ themselves by founding small enterprises, or continuing to further education. Results are already visible as several former participants have been employed part or full time at local media houses, a few have been accepted to local private universities, and small photography and videography shops are currently founded by a group of former participants who gained start-up investments from the private sector.

Tell us about your partnerships

Our local partner organizations in implementing the project are women led non-profit organizations in Somalia and Somaliland.
Local media industry partners are radio and TV stations which disseminate the media content produced by our project.
Our funding partners are the FInnish Foreign Ministry and non-profit organizations.
Other international non-profit organizations have provided trainers or collaborated in organizing training with us.

Explain your selections

National government of Finland has provided approximately 85% of funding yearly.
Up to 12% of funding comes as monies and in kind donations from other NGOs, foundations and individuals.
Up to 3% of funding has been raised by providing media production and training services for other NGOs as customers.

How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

We will need to widen our donor base. We have been dependent on funding from the Finnish national government for over 5 years. We hope that the government will continue supporting us, but this can not be quaranteed for another 3 years. We are looking to strengthen our network and develop contacts with large international organizations such as the UN, EC and AU agencies to grow our operations and secure funding.

Challenges
Which barriers to health and well-being does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.

PRIMARY

Lack of access to targeted health information and education

SECONDARY

Limited access to preventative tools or resources

TERTIARY

Health behavior change

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

Nasib project provides training in combined media and health care skills for disseminating vital information about health, nutrition, and sanitation issues in difficult conditions of conflict and natural disasters. As women and children suffer most in these conditions, the media products of Nasib project participant women target areas of infant, reproductive and maternal health, household sanitation and healthy nutrition. Access to this information greatly reduces the risks of catching infectious diseases and may prevent infant and maternal deaths, injuries, malnutrition and contamination. The information sensitizes the families to the ways in which they can utilize self-help methods and live healthy lives.

How are you growing the impact of your organization or initiative?
Please select up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.

PRIMARY

Enhanced existing impact through addition of complementary services

SECONDARY

TERTIARY

Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

Apart from the Southern Somalia area, the project has taken root in Somaliland, an autonomous Northern part of Somalia which has achieved peace. Organizations and secondary schools in Somaliland have commissioned media skills training from the Nasib project, focusing on campaigning about issues concerning women´s health, among others FGM.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

Government, NGOs/Nonprofits, For profit companies.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

Government of Finland provides majority of funding for the project.
Several non-profit organizations collaborate in implementing or facilitating the project, with in kind funding in the form of local transport, facilities and voluntary work. Some non-profits have donated money or provided training staff. Local radio stations have agreed to broadcast radio programs produced by the project participants.
These collaborations have made it possible to reach thus far all set project objectives for the current 5 year stage.