WINPACCS is helping these projects and the administrative units concerned to structure their administrative tasks more efficiently and to concentrate on the actual project goals.
The MANASHI project in the Kapilvastu district of Nepal is a self-help based health project aimed at improving the health of mothers and infants. FAIRMED supports the local people in the development of health-promoting measures, facilitates access to quality health services, and strengthens the local healthcare system through the construction and equipping of birthing centres.
Even 20 years after the war, society in Bosnia and Herzegovina is still divided – prejudice, ethno-religious polarisation and discrimination are common features of daily life. A high level of domestic violence is another long-term consequence of the war. Since 1994, medica mondiale’s partner organisation Vive Žene has been supporting women and girls who have survived violence.
Because of the continuing civil war in Syria, the infrastructure in broad parts of the country has been totally destroyed – as is the case in Ariha, the capital of the Idlib Governorate. Ariha is situated in the northwest of the country and is home to approximately 300,000 people: residents and internal refugees from across Syria. It lacks health facilities, treatment options and medical personnel, above all for pregnant women. The way to the delivery room is long and dangerous.
Thousands of refugees have been streaming northwards via the western Balkan since 2015. For 35 years now, Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe has been committed to improving living conditions and thus to eliminating causes of flight. In many countries of origin of refugees, Help has been creating prospects for people locally, for instance with projects involving securing food, water and sanitary provisions, health, education and creating income and starting businesses.
With the onset of cold, wet weather, the journey for vast numbers of refugees making the long trek from the Greek Islands to their desired destinations in Western Europe has become even more treacherous and miserable. Bottlenecks at borders between countries mean many are sleeping out in the open, exposed to the elements, with little respite during the day as well. Operation Mercy emergency relief responders on the ground in Northern Macedonia tell of seeing shivering women and children, and believe many are at risk of suffering from hypothermia.
For African refugees, Morocco is a key transit country on their way to Europe. Many are denied their dream of safety in Europe. As returning home is no option, the refugees get stuck in Morocco for the long term. Applying for a permanent residence status and job opportunities are difficult and hampered by the government. With no prospects of income, most refugees live in great poverty.
The education programme of DVV International and its partner, the Afghan National Association for Adult Education (ANAFAE) support young people in Afghanistan in the transition from school to university and to working life. While the number of school-leavers in Afghanistan will increase to an estimated 500,000 over the next few years, there is a lack of education opportunities, both in number and quality, to prepare them sufficiently for working life.
Since 1974 the DAHW has been supporting the Liberian Leprosy and Tuberculosis Rehabilitation Center in Ganta, a border town in Northeast Liberia. The Center was expanded as a training location for healthcare personnel. Finally an orthopaedic shoe workshop and agricultural facilities such as fish ponds, for example, were built to eke out a meagre living to secure the nutrition of the impaired and hospital patients. The main component of the team’s work in the Ganta Rehab Center is the so-called Case Finding, thus the search for new cases of leprosy in the villages.
Child soldiers are very popular with armed groups. The children are easy to manipulate, fight relentlessly and can be sacrificed first. Their “training” is hard: to make the children obedient, they are forced to kill members of their own family or to drink blood of the battled enemies. They are drugged and alcoholised to make them feel free of all constraints and scruple. They learn that only the strongest wins and that a gun in your hand gives you power and security. Approximately 30.000 children and adolescents are abused as child soldiers in the Congo.
In Pakistan, disabled children are often excluded from society and figure among the country’s poorest. Current figures estimate that there are over five million disabled people in Pakistan; of which only 14% are gainfully employed. The others depend on financial support from their families. The situation for disabled children is desperate – approx. 96% of children with disabilities do not attend school.
The KCCR (Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine) based in Ghana has initiated and carried out numerous research projects and research networks. One of the first projects was a study into congenital deafness, the genetic cause of which was identified in 1998. One key focal point of the scientific research at the KCCR from the very outset have been projects to research tapeworm diseases, which cause river blindness and elephantiasis, and which can now be successfully treated with new antibiotics.