Relief and Recovery

 
 

Borderless healthcare

Efficient, well supported health services can be life saving however, around the world, one billion people lack access to healthcare because they live too far from a health facility or due to wealth, religious or political affiliation, military conflict or environmental catastrophe.  In some instances local Governments are to blame while in other cases systemic issues of racism, gender bias or physical access to a healthcare facility or practitioner is not available.

More than 3 million children under 5 years of age die each year globally from preventable illnesses.  Each year more than 287,000 women, 99 percent of them in developing countries, die from pregnancy and childbirth related complications.  These lives can be saved by increasing access to well equipped health care centres with well trained and motivated health care professionals.

Ethnovision works in partnership with State Ministries of Health - working together to build stronger more sustainable and resilient health systems.  At the community level we bridge the gap between clinics and remote communities by deploying health workers to bring primary health services to the doorsteps of people living far from care.  

Better health is achieved by making patient-centered care the core of how we approach our work.  By providing referrals to secondary and tertiary care institutions our patients have continuity of care from household to hospital.

 

sexual and Gender based Violence

Globally, 1 in 3 women will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime. 

In the developing world, 1 in 7 girls are married before their 15th birthday, with some child brides as young as 8.

Ethnovision provides psychosocial support and referral support to victims of sexual and gender-based violence.  Using women-friendly spaces as an avenue to provide individualised case management services including referrals to survivors of GBV. Together with design for good we model women-friendly spaces so that women are able to interact with each other building a social support network through participation in income generating or skills building activities. 

Protection Officers distribute information about  GBV and available services for women and girls.  Men are always involved in GBV awareness sessions ensuring that they are part of the solution.

 

Shelter and mobile solutions

Having a safe, reliable roof overhead is essential for everyone, particularly those fleeing war and persecution.   All materials are locally procured which in turn works to stimulate the local economy.

 

Protection and education

Education is a basic human right.  Around the world 98 million girls are not in school. 24 million children and adolescents are out of school in conflict-affected countries.  The poor are the most likely to be out of school resulting in an ongoing cycle of poverty.  Education must be seen as part of the first response when crisis hits and an integral part of any peace building strategy.  $38 is needed per child for primary education and $113 per adolescent in lower secondary.

Currently we provide public health and vital education to help to prevent the spread of disease.  We provide informal education and mentoring to the displaced and others who have seen an interruption in their education or those who have found themselves outside the formal system.  We focus on girls who haven't had the opportunity to attend school due to their families financial situation where boys education is sometimes prioritised or because girls families have needed help in making ends meet.

Ethnovision provides tools and resources to assist communities to start supporting themselves through livelihoods programs helping them to move towards self reliance.  This work may involve vocational training, support for small businesses, workplace and employment skills.

 

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services

The number of refugees and internally displaced person has not been so high since the end of the second world war.

Survivors of conflict and disasters are at higher risk for psychological distress and mental health conditions due to continued and over whelming chaos and uncertainty for the future, as well as the enormity of their loss including family and home.

We provide mental health services and psychosocial activities to alleviate suffering and to nurture the resilience - the ability to overcome adversity - in refugees.

 

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Clean water and sanitary conditions are the most basic of human needs yet: 2.1 billion people lack access to safe water. 4.4 billion people lack access to proper sanitation. 3.7 miles is the average distance a woman walks per day to collect water in the developing world

Lack of access to clean drinking water, adequate sanitation systems and hygiene education is a leading cause of disease and death worldwide.  

Women are disproportionately affected by the water crisis, as they are often responsible for collecting water for the household. A lack of water and sanitation keeps a woman locked in a cycle of poverty.  By identifying and prioritising the needs of women, and men, girl children and boy children we empower communities to break the cycle of poverty.

For every dollar invested in water and sanitation results in a $4.30 return in the form of reduced healthcare costs (WHO, 2014).

In refugee camps such as Obrenovac, where we work in Serbia, we support the building of sanitation infrastructure, clean water taps, and provide hygiene education to residents, as well as hygiene and dignity kits.   Communities are involved in the design and management of WASH interventions, while as with all our work we pay special attention to women's needs, vulnerable communities and children.