Horn von Afrika: Zwei humanitäre Helfer der DEZA erzählen von ihrer Arbeit

Artikel, 19.08.2016

Die internationale Gemeinschaft begeht am 19. August 2016 den Welttag der humanitären Hilfe. Bei dieser Gelegenheit würdigt die DEZA ihre Mitarbeitenden, die humanitäre Hilfe leisten. Natacha Pugin und Abdi Kunow setzen sich täglich für die Nahrungsmittelhilfe am Horn von Afrika ein.

Eine Frau im Spitalbett mit ihrem Sohn auf dem Schoss. Beide sind stark unterernährt. Sie werden in einem Spital in Mogadischu in Somalia behandelt.
Das Welternährungsprogramm der UNO richtet sich 2016 an 1,4 Millionen Menschen in Somalia, die an Hunger leiden. © WFP/Barry Came

Im Rahmen der Schweizer Entwicklungszusammenarbeit leisten mehrere Hundert Expertinnen und Experten humanitäre Hilfe. Sei es in Bern oder im Ausland, als Mitglieder des Schweizerischen Korps für humanitäre Hilfe vor Ort oder in Reserve, arbeiten diese Männer und Frauen in den verschiedensten Bereichen in allen Ländern der Welt, wo Hilfe gebraucht wird.

Das Horn von Afrika ist mit einer Vielzahl von Krisen konfrontiert: Naturkatastrophen, Konflikte, extreme Armut. Somalia ist das Epizentrum der humanitären Katastrophen dieser Region und verzeichnet weltweit die höchste Unterernährungsrate. Die UNO geht von 4,7 Millionen Menschen aus, die in Somalia humanitäre Hilfe benötigen, was 40% der Bevölkerung entspricht.

Wer sind die Helferinnen und Helfer, die sich in diesem schwierigen Kontext engagieren? Wie und woran arbeiten sie? Welches ist ihre Motivation? Fokus auf die Arbeit von zwei Experten der DEZA am Grossen Horn von Afrika.

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Natacha Pugin

Funktion: Mitglied des Schweizerischen Korps für humanitäre Hilfe, im Einsatz für das Welternährungsprogramm der Vereinten Nationen in Somalia

Arbeitsort: Nairobi, Kenia. Gelegentliche Reisen nach Somalia

Dauer der Mission: 12 Monate

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Kunow Abdi

Funktion: Beauftragter des Programms für Ernährungssicherheit für das Horn von Afrika, Schweizer Kooperationsbüro in Kenia

Arbeitsort: Nairobi, Kenia – Reisen am Horn von Afrika (Nordkenia, Somalia)

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Projekte der DEZA am Grossen Horn von Afrika

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Support to Aid Management and Coordination in Somalia

01.09.2019 - 31.12.2020

The project will support capacity development of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in the fields of Aid Coordination and Aid Effectiveness. This will contribute to the international community’s commitment to support the implementation of the New Partnership for Somalia (NPS) and National Development Plan (NDP) through strengthening national capacities for effective aid management and coordination.


Promoting Inclusive Peacebuilding and Sustainable Livelihoods through Youth Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.

01.08.2019 - 31.07.2022

South Sudan finds itself in lasting state of fragility and chronic conflict that has impacted the social fabric of its population. The project will address deeply rooted social aspects of conflict by training and supporting young peacemakers to engage in conflict resolution and community dialogues. Combined with the promotion of youth-led businesses, the project intends to reduce the risk of the youth entering cycles of despairs and violence. Thereby, it contribute to sustainable development and a longer-term stability in South Sudan.


Ifakara Health Institute: Scaling up of research results and innovations to maximize public health impact

15.06.2019 - 14.06.2022

Investment in health research and innovation in Tanzania is a national policy priority but receives irregular public support. This contribution aims to strengthen the Ifakara Health Institute, a successful research institution with Swiss roots, to improve its research impact at policy and community levels. The intervention will also bring together researchers and end-users in an innovation hub to identify livelihood challenges of youths and innovative approaches to address these. Private sector partnerships with Swiss innovators will be primary clients of the innovation hub.


Somalia, UNFPA Support to Health, gender and Data.

01.06.2019 - 31.12.2020

The maternal mortality rates in Somalia are among the highest in the world, which puts women at a high risk in and around child birth. Support to this programme will increase access to sexual and reproductive rights and health services. The programme will also contribute to addressing gender inequality, as well as production of key population data to be used for evidence based programming in Somalia. This will improve women’s well-being, enhance family planning and, as a consequence, increase stability in the region, which is in the Swiss interest.


Tanzania Election Support 2019/2020

01.05.2019 - 30.06.2021

Since the contested 2015 Presidential elections, civic space and democratic values have been on the decline in Tanzania. The 2019 local and 2020 national elections will therefore be a crucial moment for Tanzania’s democratic trajectory, which Switzerland has supported for many years. This single phase project supports a coalition of Tanzanian Civil Society Organizations to conduct long- and short term election observation; as well as a targeted intervention in Zanzibar to promote peaceful dialogue, especially for youth.


MdM-France: Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Bosaso Basic Health Care System

01.04.2019 - 31.12.2021

This 6-year programme aims at improving health service delivery in Bosaso town (Puntland, Somalia) by integrating quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services into primary health care delivery packages. This intervention will also contribute to strengthen the emerging public health system by building the capacities of the Bosaso-based Ministry of Health and local health providers to sustain, in the long term, access to quality health services for the most vulnerable, especially women.


OVCI - Improving nutritional condition of most vulnerable groups in Juba

01.03.2019 - 31.01.2021

Malnutrition among children and other vulnerable groups remains worse as a result of the prevailing food insecurity situation in South Sudan. According to the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for South Sudan, some 1.8 million people – the majority of which are children under five years - face malnutrition. Through this project, Volunteers Organization for International Co-operation (OVCI) intends to address malnutrition of vulnerable children, pregnant and lactating mothers and other destitute persons in Juba County by improving their dietary intake.


Social Accountability Programme 2019 - 2022

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022

Against the backdrop of shrinking civic space in Tanzania, the Social Accountability Program supports four key accountability Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the country. It aims to enhance transparency and accountability of public resource management at national and local level and to empower citizens – including youth and women - and local organizations to engage effectively in public oversight, decision making and advocacy on social issues of concern.


SDC Education Fund

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021

As part of its increased commitment for Education and of the implementation of SDC’s Education Strategy, the SDC launches an Education Fund in order to incentivize innovation and the application of new approaches in basic education/vocational skills development and through educational activities across sectors. Innovation can have a catalytic effect on the effectiveness of programmes in and through education. Education is a core enabler for sustainable development and is an important lever in Switzerland’s commitment to promote human and economic development, peace and stability. 


Geplantes Projekt

Somalia: FAO – Somalia Information and Resilience Building Action (SIRA)

10.12.2018 - 09.10.2028

The Somali population has remained chronically food insecure over the years with acute emergency needs increasing during the cyclic drought periods. Switzerland contributes, through its support to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), to the longer-term resilience building of the Somali communities by supporting the provision of information and data for decision making, the formulation of evidence-based policy making and  the use of the data for increased protection and resilience.


Ethiopia, IOM - Durable Solutions

10.12.2018 - 09.06.2021

Ethiopia has about 2.1 million internally displaced people (IDPs) mainly due to conflict, drought and flood. Addressing the needs of IDPs has been limited to meeting their short-term humanitarian needs. Given the prolonged economic, social, and gender impacts of displacement on individuals, there is a critical need for longer-term solutions. Switzerland will contribute through IOM to address the long-term needs of the displaced and host communities in their search for self-sufficiency.


Somalia Information and Resilience Building Action (SIRA)

10.12.2018 - 30.11.2022

The Somali population has remained chronically food insecure over the years with acute emergency needs during the cyclic drought periods. Switzerland contributes, through its support to enhanced fodder production and income, to the longer-term resilience building of the Somali communities. By supporting the provision of information and data for decision making, the formulation of evidence-based policy making and the use of the data for increased protection and resilience will enhanced.

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