Corne de l’Afrique: deux humanitaires de la DDC racontent leur travail

Article, 19.08.2016

La communauté internationale célèbre ce 19 août la journée mondiale de l'aide humanitaire. A cette occasion, la DDC rend hommage à ses travailleurs humanitaires. Natacha Pugin et Abdi Kunow travaillent quotidiennement au service de l’assistance alimentaire dans la Corne de l’Afrique.

Une femme, assise sur son lit d’hôpital, porte son enfant sur les genoux. Tous deux souffrent de malnutrition sévère. Ils sont soignés dans un hôpital de Mogadiscio, Somalie.
En 2016, le programme alimentaire mondial s’adresse à 1,4 million de personnes en situation de détresse alimentaire en Somalie. © WFP/Barry Came

Plusieurs centaines d’experts composent l’aide humanitaire de la coopération suisse. A Berne ou à l’étranger, en tant que membres du Corps suisse d’aide humanitaire en mission sur le terrain ou en réserve, ces hommes et ces femmes travaillent dans une multitude de domaines, dans tous les pays du monde où le besoin se fait sentir. 

La Corne de l’Afrique par exemple est confrontée à de multitude crises: catastrophes naturelles, conflits, pauvreté extrême. La Somalie est l'épicentre de la crise humanitaire de cette région et connaît les taux de malnutrition les plus élevés au monde. L’ONU estime à 4,7 millions le nombre de personnes ayant besoin d’une aide humanitaire rien qu’en Somalie, soit 40 % de la population. 

Qui sont ces hommes et ces femmes qui s’engagent dans ces contextes difficiles? Comment et sur quoi travaillent-ils? Quelle est leur motivation? Zoom sur le travail de deux experts de la DDC dans la Grande Corne de l’Afrique.

Portrait de Natacha Pugin, membre du Corps suisse d’aide humanitaire, détachée pour le Programme alimentaire mondial en Somalie
Natacha Pugin, membre du Corps suisse d’aide humanitaire, détachée pour le Programme alimentaire mondial en Somalie © DDC

Natacha Pugin

Fonction: membre du Corps suisse d’aide humanitaire, détachée pour le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies en Somalie

Lieu de travail: Nairobi, Kenya. Déplacements occasionnels en Somalie

Durée de la mission: 12 mois

Portrait de Kunow Abdi, chargé de programme sécurité alimentaire pour la Corne de l’Afrique
Kunow Abdi, chargé de programme sécurité alimentaire pour la Corne de l’Afrique © DDC

Kunow Abdi

Fonction: chargé de programme sécurité alimentaire pour la Corne de l’Afrique, bureau de coopération suisse au Kenya

Lieu de travail: Nairobi, Kenya - Déplacements dans la Corne de l’Afrique (Nord du Kenya, Somalie)

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Projets actuels dans la Corne de l'Afrique

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Projet planifié

Somalia - Private Sector Partnerships for Health (PSPH)

01.06.2021 - 31.12.2030

Despite high dependence on international aid, the Somali health sector remains dominated by local business providers. In 2017, SDC piloted a business-franchising model as a component of the health delivery system in Somalia. This project “Private Sector Partnership for Health” will investigate further and promote the most effective and relevant private and/or public-private models for improved quality and affordable health services delivery in Somalia.


Jigjiga One Health Initiative Phase 2 (JOHI2)

01.04.2021 - 31.03.2026

The Jijiga One Health Initiative aims to develop a trans-disciplinary centre of excellence on pastoralist health within the Jijiga University (Somali Region, Ethiopia). Community-based one-health research and pilot interventions, including contribution to COVID-19 prevention and response, as well as targeted policy influencing will contribute to improved health among pastoralist communities and reduce pressure for their displacement/migration, which is in the interest of Switzerland.  


Resilience for Pastoralist Communities in Northern Kenya

01.03.2021 - 31.07.2025

Pastoralism is a millennia old livelihood strategy adapted to the marginal and harsh environ-ments of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL). In order to support pastoralists, this programme contributes to strengthening public and private institutions in the water and livestock sectors, putting policy frameworks in place to ensure efficient county-wide and cross-border water and rangeland management systems, and to increase access to water and pasture.


SYP Safeguard Young People in Eastern African countries

01.03.2021 - 28.02.2024

The SYP program contributes to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people, thus  reducing gender based health inequities. It supports the adoption, domestication and implementation of policies, and strengthens young people’s competencies on and access to SRHR services. The expansion to Tanzania and Rwanda leverages on the  experience in Southern Africa financed by SDC, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)’s thematic expertise and convening power.


Eritrea Vocational Skills Training

01.09.2020 - 30.09.2023

Building upon a successful pilot phase (2017-2019), Switzerland will continue to contribute to two well established NGO-ted initiatives on technical and vocational education and training in Eritrea. The initiatives aim at improving the quality of teaching in targeted vocational skills institutions and testing the possibility of engaging in entrepreneurial activities. Ultimately the goal is to contribute to giving better life perspectives and job-opportunities to young Eritreans in their home country.


Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE)

01.03.2020 - 31.05.2024

Inspired by aspects of the Swiss Vocational Skills Development model, the Opportunities for Youth Employment project aims to improve the livelihoods of young rural and peri-urban out-of-school women and men. In addition to building youths' skills-set and connecting them with existing markets for gainful selfemployment in agriculture and renewable energy, this project will also contribute to a more youth friendly and effective market system and policy environment Co-funding is provided by the private sector.


FAO Desert Locust Emergency Response in the Horn of Africa Region

20.02.2020 - 19.06.2021

To control the spread of the worst outbreak of desert locusts in decades in the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya) and safeguard livelihoods of thousands of affected vulnerable households, Switzerland intends to contribute to the regional desert locust crisis appeal by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. 


Allocation of SDC Funding to ICRC Operations in 2020

01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020

SDC funding to ICRC operations allows the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to respond proactively and to provide immediate protection and assistance for people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence. In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding to respond to changing needs in humanitarian crises.

 


Allocation of SDC Funding to ICRC Operations in 2020

01.01.2020 - 31.12.2020

SDC funding to ICRC operations allows the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to respond proactively and to provide immediate protection and assistance for people affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence. In line with the Good Humanitarian Donorship (GHD) principles, Switzerland recognizes the necessity of predictable and flexible funding to respond to changing needs in humanitarian crises.

 


Strengthening Drought Resilience in Pastoral and Agro-pastoral Areas of Somali National Regional State, Ethiopia (SDR - SNRS)

01.01.2020 - 30.04.2022

Pastoral and agro-pastoral livelihoods in Ethiopia's Somali National Regional State (SNRS) are increasingly threatened by environmental (climatic) changes and land degradation. GIZ along with Local Government partners aims at building the resilience of vulnerable pastoralist communities through proven land rehabilitation measures, the promotion of livelihood activities and capacity development of government and private sector institutions.


Dynamic electronic decision trees for managing childhood illness (DYNAMIC)

15.11.2019 - 31.12.2022

Every year, more than five million children die before the age of five due to preventable or treatable causes, most of them in developing countries. New technologies combined with rapid tests can improve diagnosis and management of sick children and reduce health costs. This collaborative research project makes use of Switzerland’s knowledge in digital technologies to improve the health of children and reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions in low resource settings.


South Sudan, Caritas Switzerland: Restoration of resilience in livelihoods for rural and semi-urban communities in Torit State

01.10.2019 - 30.09.2022

This project is designed to increase the resilience of women, men and children in Torit State in South Sudan. This will be achieved through improving agricultural production and access to value chains for farmers and small scale businesses. In order to improve productivity and reduce water-related diseases, the project will improve access to water. This will ultimately reduce vulnerability to the threat of food & nutrition insecurity, and bring the target population to engage in increased productivity with financial benefit.

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