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15 Feb, 2016
Recently, ADHOC-CC participated in a unique initiative organised by UNICEF in Geneva.  The consultation drew the participation of over 100 representatives from UNICEF field offices, head-quarters in New York, and international and national NGOs from across the globe to discuss the ways in which already existing partnerships could be enhanced in order to realize children’s rights in emergencies. It was the first UNICEF consultation with NGOs that focused on this critical topic.

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Health Care
Addressing Physical, Mental & Social Wellbeing

• Health education and training
• Capacity development
• Malaria
• Mental health care
• Maternal and child health care
• Nutrition services
• Primary health care
• Reproductive health care
• Sexual and Gender-based Violence
• Safe water and sanitation


Health is increasingly seen as a key aspect of human security, as diseases linked to poverty accelerate societal breakdown. The World Health Organisation (WHO) state that, ‘The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition’.

Thus ADHOC-CC places special emphasis on investing in health to reduce poverty through addressing the physical, mental and social wellbeing of vulnerable populations. At the heart of our work is community based health care, where assisted populations are both partners and beneficiaries in the services we deliver. We not only care for affected populations but also seek to empower them, by supporting individual health needs and providing training and employment to community health workers. We recruit local doctors, nurses and other health care staff and train community members to deliver education and support services. Through developing the capacity of a community to serve its own needs, we enable people to achieve self reliance and sustainable outcomes.

ADHOC-CC also plays an active role in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Global Health Cluster, working at both international and country levels as part of the Cluster Leadership Approach, with WHO as the lead agency.

In providing the following services ADHOC-CC seeks to deliver holistic care to those who need it and make lasting improvements to devastated health care systems:

Health education and training: The provision of health education and training is central to ADHOC-CC’s delivery of health care, as the best means of empowering and supporting affected populations to achieve sustainable solutions to the challenges they face. Therefore we focus on providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity. Activities see us working together with young and old, to provide opportunities to raise awareness, sensitize, educate, share knowledge and skills, develop abilities and increase employment.

HIV/AIDS: Sub-SHWBran Africa has just over 10% of the world’s population, but is home to more than 60% of all people living with HIV— around 25.8 million. Recognising the physical, social and psychological effects of HIV/AIDS, we provide communities with a broad spectrum of medical support and care services, along with information, communication and education. Our services include; diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections and opportunistic infections, as well as training for HIV/AIDS caretakers, distribution of appropriate drug therapies, public education, a wide range of support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families and income generating activities.

Capacity development: ADHOC-CC works to increase institutional capacities to deliver core public health functions under the strengthened governance of ministries of health. Where health structures are insufficient or even non-existent we collaborate with authorities, such as health ministries, providing technical assistance in order to develop health systems and guarantee equitable access.

Malaria: Malaria continues to exert a heavy toll on African populations, particularly children under the age of five years and pregnant women. Therefore ADHOC-CC works to ensure that affected populations have access to preventive and curative interventions; providing mosquito nets, treatment, education, sensitization and monitoring.

Mental health care: Affected populations can undergo highly traumatic experiences as a result of crisis, having an adverse affect on their mental health, at varying levels. It is established that an average of more than 50 per cent of refugees present mental health problems ranging from chronic mental disorders to trauma, distress and a great deal of suffering. Thus ADHOC-CC has integrated mental health care throughout our services, identifying and treating mental health problems and providing psychological support services.

Maternal and child health care: Maternal and child health care is integral to ADHOC-CC health services, positively impacting on child and maternal morbidity / mortality rates, lessening the impact of disease and contributing to poverty alleviation. As such we provide mass immunizations, well-child clinics, prevention of mother to child transmission, education, antenatal and postnatal support and training for midwives and traditional birth attendants.

Nutrition services: working closely with the World Food Program, we provide vulnerable populations with the necessary food and non food items, nutritional / growth monitoring, education, supplementary and therapeutic feeding programmes, counseling services and home visits for the vulnerable.

Primary health care: basic preventative and curative services, with a focus on the most vulnerable: children, women, and the elderly. ADHOC-CC can be found across Africa, in refugee / IDP camps, accompanying returnees and in local communities, providing comprehensive and easily accessible health care. Where the necessary infrastructure is absent we construct and equip facilities, stock medication / supplies and employ and train local staff, to empower the population and ensure sustainable benefit.

Reproductive health care: It is the right of every man and women to be informed about and have access to appropriate reproductive health care services; to have a responsible and safe sex life, healthy pregnancy and safe childbirth. Therefore ADHOC-CC delivers a full range of services, to promote better reproductive health, awareness and understanding. Services include but are not limited to; information, education and communication; distribution of contraceptives; health clinics (antenatal/postnatal); births attended by skilled health personnel; testing - HIV/AIDS, mother to child transmission, sexually transmitted diseases/infections; and community support services.

Sexual and Gender–based Violence: ADHOC-CC’s Programme for Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) aims at reducing the incidence of SGBV and ensuring the wellbeing of SGBV survivors. Our services particularly target women and girls who have been subject to, or who are vulnerable to SGBV. We work across the board with different communities, refugees, IDPs, returnees and local populations, applying a multi-sectoral approach to the many challenges SGBV presents, increasing awareness and establishing treatment protocols.

Safe water and sanitation: ADHOC-CC works to promote the quality and quantity of water in communities, along with good hygiene and a clean and healthy environment. Activities include sensitization, education, monitoring, management, rehabilitation and construction of water and sanitation systems.