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Sustainable Health Education in Dadaab

Allowing refugees to not only survive but strive by providing accessible, sustainable health education.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Bike carts, supplied with educational supplies, will be strategically positioned throughout the day in numerous areas of the camps simultaneously in order to create the greatest degree of accessibility for the refugees. Health kits containing sustainable tools such as a cup or reusable pads will be dispersed. Also included, visual information booklets that include instructions and demonstrations on how to use readily available resources in their environment. Demonstrations will be provided. Community message boards with comment boxes will be placed throughout the camp in order to receive feedback, allowing greater adaptability to the challenges facing the refugees. Training manuals may be implemented in the future to allow our operations to take place outside the camp.

WHO BENEFITS?

Overall the whole community will benefit, from children of age 8 -18 in the Dadaab Camp to the parents, teachers, and leaders. We are specifically targeting children since they both impressionable and are eager to learn. We can therefore shape their thinking by instilling positive behavioural change in them. Health issues take a greater toll on young girls and women as they develop, so they are al

PROTOTYPE

Health education will be brought to the refugees through the use of bicycle carts as the main form of transportation, this mobility in education sharing enable us to be flexible in our teaching. By going to them, we are taking out one of the biggest hindrances to education in Dadaab – the long and at times, dangerous route to school. We want to create sustainability in 2 ways: Sustainable knowledge sharing → by creating a knowledgable community competent in health sharing, we believe in putting in place a network of knowledge sharing that will be sustainable in itself. The local community will be innovative in devising ways to overcome health and hygiene issues relevant and practical in their local context. 2. Sustainable practice of knowledge → We want to reduce the dependency refugees have on aid for their hygiene practice. Given the context that they suffer from a lack of resources, we want to ensure that the knowledge and techniques we teach are practical .

FEEDBACK

From our interviews with volunteers in Dadaab, we understand the security issues involved in our implementation. Involving the locals in our project from the early stage allow us to cross this border and ensure efficiency in the implementation of our plan.

SKILL SHARE (optional)

University students from all across the globe, processing interdisciplinary backgrounds within the disciplines we are studying. Our disciplines in University include the following: Anthropology, Business Management, Communications, Global Studies, and Psychology,

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

We each process an ardent passion for assisting at risk communities, and continuously seek out opportunities to further assist communities of unfortunate circumstances whilst simultaneously seeking to refine the methodology by which we assist communities of unfortunate circumstance.

IS THIS AN IDEA THAT YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION WOULD LIKE TO TAKE FORWARD?

  • Yes, and I am looking for a partner working with refugee communities to implement this idea.

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Photo of Susan Nasif
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Very nice. We share the same "scope". Can we be a "team", please?

Photo of Yvonnne Bezerra de Mello
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Health education is very important, in special in refugees camps. In our school in Rio de janeiro, located in the most violent slum in town, health education is amust and is part of our pedagogy, Uere-Mello pedagogy. see our site: www.projetouere.org.br
Yvonne Bezerra de mello