Contribution to the programme of Iamaneh (Est)

Project completed

The program of IAMANEH Switzerland addresses women and children in Western Africa and the Western Balkans in order to secure their access to quality primary health services, to grant safe motherhood and birth, to offer protection and safety from violence and health damaging practices and to allow informed choice with regard to family planning and prevention. Advocacy work contributes to the improvement of frame conditions for health and the securing of a sustainable health and social protection system in these regions.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Western Balkans
Human rights
Conflict & fragility
Conflict prevention and transformation
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Security system management and reform
01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014
CHF  1’000’000

Access to reproductive and sexual health and rights is seriously threatened for many women and hildren in developing countries. Especially in sub-Saharan Africa, the risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth is highest in the whole word. In the Western Balkans, dying from domestic violence is one of the highest death risks for women and girls. Apart from insufficient health care facilities, gender based discrimination of women and girls is a key obstacle to achieving reproductive and sexual health and rights. Therefore besides improving basic health care for future mothers it is indispensable to develop measures that protect women’s rights and enlarge their room to manoeuvre.


To improve, protect and promote health and especially reproductive health for women and children in Western Africa and the Western Balkans.

Target groups

Women and children, with strengthened focus on youth – girls and boys. Men are included as strategic target group, if this supports the improvement of health for women and children.

Medium-term outcomes

  • To improve access to primary health care and to secure and improve assistance during pregnancy and childbirth for women
  • To protect, preserve and regain physical and mental integrity for abused women and girls
  • To improve the health situation of the population through information and sensitization on topics of reproductive health and rights and by improving societal frame conditions
  • Results

    Results from previous phases:  

    • Targeted training of health professionals has improved the management of health centres and the quality of the service offer in the program areas.
    • Concentrated sensitization efforts in the population have lead to a higher frequenting of health centres. A significant augmentation of prenatal care consultations of more than 60% in the partner health centres could be observed. Also the number of attended birth’ at the health facilities has increased.
    • The construction of a health centre with maternity clinic in a suburb of Bamako has contributed to an important increase of the service offer for women and children.
    • In Bosnia-Herzegowina, Albania, Mali and Senegal professional, culturally sensitive and context adapted services for protection, counselling and therapy of victims of violence have been developed and staffed with skilled personnel. In the Western Balkans, 8’652 women victims of violence have received protection and professional care within 3 years.
    • As a consequence of intensified sensitization work with youth on gender and violence at schools an increasing number of youngsters has searched for support at a counselling service for victims of violence in Albania.

    Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Swiss cooperation with Eastern Europe
    Project partners Contract partner
    Swiss Non-profit Organisation
    • Iamaneh, Basel

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    1’000’000
    Project phases Phase 4 01.01.2017 - 31.12.2018   (Completed) Phase 3 01.01.2015 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)

    Phase 2 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2014   (Completed)

    Phase 1 01.01.2008 - 31.12.2012   (Completed)