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

Objet 61 – 69 de 69

Allocation of SDC Funding to WFP Operations in 2017

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

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. SDC funding to WFP operations allows the World Food Programme (WFP) to respond proactively and to provide immediate food assistance in life-threatening situations.


WFP Additional Contribution 2017 to Scale Up Operations in South Sudan in Response to the Hunger Emergency

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

On 24 February 2017, SDC/HA pledged an additional allocation of CHF 15 million to support emergency relief operations to help populations facing starvation in parts of Africa (South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and the larger Lake Chad Region) and Yemen. This decision followed a call issued by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 22 February 2017 urging for USD 4.4 billion aid to avert famine for 20 million people who risk starvation in these countries. Out of the CHF 15.0 million, CHF 7 million will be allocated to support WFP’s emergency operations in South Sudan, Nigeria and the larger Lake Chad region, and Yemen.


Allocation of SDC Funding to WFP Operations in 2017

01.01.2017 - 31.12.2017

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. SDC funding to WFP operations allows the World Food Programme (WFP) to respond proactively and to provide immediate food assistance in life-threatening situations.


Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Bosaso.

01.05.2016 - 31.12.2021

The programme through a contribution to Médecins du Monde-France aims at improving access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for the population of Bosaso (Puntland, Somalia). This will be done through progressively integrating the SRH into existing primary health care services offered in health facilities. Regional health authorities as well as local health providers are closely involved in the intervention to not only ensure that services are culturally responsive but also that they become an integral part of the health system.


Performance-based Health Basket Fund

01.11.2015 - 30.10.2021

With its contribution to the health basket fund Switzerland supports the Government of Tanzania, in particular local governments, to accelerate equitable access to health services by women, children and isolated rural populations. Switzerland, as chair of the health development partners group, will lever the Fund resources through policy dialogue to create an innovative financing modality to ensure the utilization of all Tanzanians of quality health services.


Kenya resilient arid lands partnerships for integrated development (Kenya RAPID)

01.08.2015 - 31.05.2021

Pastoralism is a millennia old livelihood strategy adapted to the marginal and harsh environments of the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL). This programme supports the historically marginalized pastoralist communities of Northern Kenya, bordering Somalia and Ethiopia, with improved access to water (for both livestock and domestic use) and improved rangelands management through water infrastructure, strengthened public and private institutions and policy frameworks.


IGAD-FAO Partnership Programme (PP) on Building Resilience for (Agro-) Pastoralist Communities

01.06.2014 - 31.08.2021

IGAD and FAO will jointly contribute to build resilience of communities in the Horn of Africa’s cross-border areas by addressing marketing and trade, transboundary animal diseases and natural resources management. It will also contribute to strengthen the capacity of IGAD specialized agencies to lead the regional agenda for the improvement of cross-border pastoral livelihoods.


Institutional Strengthening of IGAD

31.05.2014 - 30.06.2021

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is a sub-regional organization in the Horn of Africa. In line with Switzerland’s decision to increase its engagement with IGAD, the proposed contribution aims at strengthening the organization institutionally based on its political legitimacy, thematic relevance and capacity to contribute to peace and development in one of the world’s most fragile regions.


Support to St. Francis Hospital in Ifakara

01.10.2010 - 31.12.2021

SDC plans to support health services and management improvement, and address the role of the hospital as a place for practical training and clinical research. The project would focus primarily on improving health care and look for synergies between St. Francis Hospital, the Ifakara Health Institute and the Tanzanian Training Centre for International Health, and the Swiss institutions that support them (SDC, Novartis Foundation, SwissTPH and Solidarmed). During the entry proposal period, SDC and partners will have an opportunity to explore which organisational option would best serve these objectives. Refurbishment of the pediatric ward will also be undertaken and equipment provided.

Objet 61 – 69 de 69