INTERSOS TOP OFFICIALS PAY A VISIT TO ZONE K IDP SETTLEMENTS
On (month) (day) 2012, high ranking officials from INTERSOS came on a working visit to Zona K IDPs especially Samawade umbrella IDPs in Hodan district. They were accompanied in their visit by officials from OSPAD. The delegation met with Samawade umbrella IDPs leaders and members of the most vulnerable segments within this IDP settlement.
Samawade IDP umbrella is a groups of IDP camps in Zona K which is a home to thousands of internally displaced persons households. The IDPs in this area have multiple challenges in terms of livelihood, health, hygiene and protection to name a few. OSPAD is currently implementing a GBV prevention and protection project in Samawade IDP umbrella in partnership with INTERSOS/UNICEF.
The main objective of the INTERSOS visiting delegation was to closely monitor and look into the livelihood crisis facing the vulnerable IDP households in Samawade IDP umbrella especially household headed women. They conferred with several members of IDPs representing a variety of segments ranging from leaders to youths and women. The visit gave hope to the IDPs as they are looking to INTERSOS and other likeminded organizations to help them in terms of livelihood support and income creation opportunities.
Similarly, the INTERSOS delegation visited Banadir Community Care Center (BCCC) in Hodan district. Banadir Community Care Centre which is run by OSPAD is primarily intended to ease and mitigate the health problems of the IDPs whenever they happen. The center is a sort of health recourse to the IDPs where more than nearly 100 sick IDPs mainly women, children and the elderly come and get free checkups and treatment every day.
The centre has two departments/units.
1. Reproductive health care:
This unit is tasked with the following:
- Handling emergency cases for Gender Based Violence (GBV) victims
- Child spacing (family planning)
- Giving counseling to traumatized GBV survivors
- Rendering Child delivery/midwifery services to expectant mothers
- Diagnosing women of infections and referring complicated cases to referral hospitals
2. Outpatient Care Unit (OPCU)
This unit is intended to receive sick women and men from the IDPs and their poor host communities and give them medical advice and prescriptions.
At the center, the INTERSOS delegation met with the doctors and nurses on duty and asked about the most frequent diseases their beneficiaries are suffering, where they get medical supplies needed at the center and how they cope in receiving so many patients with so limited resources. The doctors and nurses responded to all these questions. OSPAD directly pays the running cost of BCCC. The center receives periodical supplies of drugs from, among other agencies, UNICEF and Muslim aid UK.
The INTERSOS officials went round all the different wards that BCCC is made up of going into them ward by ward. They have closely examined the nutritional situation of some beneficiary children at the center at the time of the visit. Their attention was attracted by a livelihood center within BCCC where women are given training and insight into the best ways they can make a living by employing themselves as small scale vendors and/or giving them other skills to financially fend for themselves and their families.
The delegation ended their visit loaded with useful information and ideas as to how INTERSOS can help the IDPs in livelihood intervention for mainly women household heads and other vulnerable groups within the IDPs they have visited.