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Women’s Health Actions (ASAF), North Kivu

ASAF is a registered NGO with the national government.

Location

Goma, North Kivu
Based in Goma, ASAF works in the Masisi, Rutshuru, Lubero, and Beni territories.

Sectors of Intervention

Food security; health and hygiene

History

In 2001, a group of people in Kinshasa started ASAF (Actions santé femmes) to address the problem of public health and family care. During 2003–04, ASAF extended its activities to Katanga and South Kivu. In 2004, ASAF moved into North Kivu and conducted a rapid assessment of food security in Goma. Over the past years, ASAF has benefited from international funding from Mercy Corps, Oxfam GB, UNFPA, Norwegian People’s Aid, and Solidarités International.

Mission

Build women’s capacity for public health promotion in their respective communities

Objectives

  • Promote women’s health through curative and preventive care
  • Facilitate women’s access to primary health care
  • Save the lives of women and children in emergency cases

Populations Served

ASAF’s target groups are primarily women and children, but it also serves other vulnerable populations, including the displaced, elderly, and disabled.

Programs

  • Food security: ASAF has provided tools and seeds to farmers in Rutshuru and Mugunga.
  • HIV: ASAF sensitizes society about HIV/AIDS and teaches people various ways to prevent infection. As part of its work, ASAF has distributed condoms to schools, villages, hotels, and other public places.
  • Reproductive health: ASAF works with individual families and entire communities to educate them about family planning and the importance of birth spacing. It also trains stakeholders about safe motherhood as a way of reducing maternal death.
  • Public health: ASAF constructs water points and hygiene structures in the community to prevent waterborne diseases and promote public health. It also takes an active role in the campaign against malaria by distributing mosquito nets.

Governance

The supreme governing body is the general assembly, which meets once a year. The general assembly selects the management board, which meets every six months to oversee ASAF’s operations. A monitoring committee meets every three months, reports to the general assembly, and conducts an annual internal audit of ASAF’s finances. ASAF has 16 staff.

ASAF has an account at BIC in Goma and with the financial cooperative COOPEC IMARA in Goma. For financial, administrative, and personnel management, ASAF has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • A computerized accounting system: YES
  • A clearly defined accounting process: YES
  • Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES
  • Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES

Strengths

  • Qualified and competent staff
  • Sustainable work on the ground without totally depending on external funding
  • Record of successful program implementation
  • Ready to work for vulnerable persons in remote areas with very limited budget
  • Good financial, administrative, and logistic management

Needs

  • Capacity building for the staff
  • Financial and institutional support for greater involvement in program implementation

Funders and Budget

For 2011, ASAF’s budget is approximately $500,000. Funders include Mercy Corps, Norwegian Church Aid, and Forum Sida.

Accomplishments

  • Ensured water treatment, storage, and distribution to the displaced population of Mugunga 3 (IDP camp in North Kivu) for one year
  • Constructed six water sources at Tongo and Hohe
  • Distributed soap to the displaced population of Mugunga
  • Organized a mass campaign for public health promotion
  • Sensitized displaced people and other communities about HIV/AIDS

Organizational Vision

Expand program activities to cover a larger scale, ensure community empowerment and public health, and encourage women’s leadership

Project Proposals

  • Vocational training for youths: In Beni and Oicha, ASAF will provide professional training for youths and starter kits for their new vocations, with the goal of increasing their dignity and self-sufficiency. Cost: $35,303
  • Water points and hygiene promotion: ASAF will construct eight water points and promote hygiene in Rwanguba, to reduce the currently high rate of waterborne diseases. Cost: $7,522

Contact

Jacques Kahorha, coordinator, +243.994.016.929, asafKongo@yahoo.fr

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