Leaders at United Nations General Assembly Step Up Commitments to End Malaria for Good

Leaders at United Nations General Assembly Step Up Commitments to End Malaria for Good

Heads of State, Ministers from Monaco, Swaziland, U.S., and Zambia Pledge Political and Financial Support to Eliminate the Disease that Puts Half the World at Risk

U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative Announces Addition of 5 New Focus Countries, Expanding its Effective Anti-Malaria Efforts Across Sub-Sahara Africa

New York (September 21, 2017) – Today, country leaders and senior officials from across Africa, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas announced new political and financial commitments to accelerate the global fight towards eliminating malaria – a disease that claims the life of a child every two minutes and puts half the world at risk.

Convening at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, leaders underscored the need to intensify efforts to meet the global goal set by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce the burden of malaria by 90% by 2030.

King Mswati III of Swaziland, chair of the event and of the African Malaria Leaders Alliance (ALMA), said: “Remarkable progress has been made across the world and Africa in particular in the fight against malaria. This should however not give us a false sense of accomplishment and make us complacent. We must continue to keep malaria elimination as a national priority and continue to engage national and global leadership to ensure this commitment translates into additional domestic resources for health including malaria.”  The King also called on African countries to support a private sector fund for malaria on the African continent to be launched next year.

Swaziland is aiming to eliminate malaria by 2020. ALMA is a coalition of 49 African heads of state and government working across country and regional borders to eliminate malaria by 2030. While Africa. represents 92% of all malaria-related deaths worldwide, since 2000, malaria mortality rates on the continent have fallen by 66% in all age groups, and by 71% among children under five.

“Ending the scourge of malaria is a priority for me and my government is making every effort to ensure that Zambia eliminates malaria forever.  Twenty five percent of our national plan is funded by domestic resources and we are working to find new ways to fund our malaria elimination efforts,” said Zambian President Edgar Lungu.  Between 2012 and 2015, Zambia progressively increased domestic funding for malaria control efforts, from spending just over US$ 8 million to almost US$ 29 million, to keep the country on track to eliminate malaria by 2021. Every US$ 1 invested in malaria control in Africa, on average, returns US$ 40 in economic growth, contributing to the continent’s prosperity.

Addressing the event, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Strong political leadership is critical to eliminate a disease which burdens the poorest in our communities. By committing to eliminate malaria, we commit to improve global health, and to serve and protect the most vulnerable.”

According to the WHO, 21 countries around the world have the potential to eliminate malaria by 2020. Critical to meeting this objective is sustaining and increasing financial commitments and to drive down malaria deaths and cases, and ultimately eliminate the disease.

USAID Administrator Mark Green used the occasion to announce the expansion of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) further into west and central Africa. The initiative, led by USAID and implemented with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will launch new country programs in Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger, and Sierra Leone, and will expand its existing program in Burkina Faso. PMI's country expansion will benefit almost 90 million additional people at risk of malaria, totaling 332 million people at risk across the west-to-central African corridor from Senegal to Cameroon with life-saving bed nets, anti-malarial treatments and diagnostic tests.

Europe became the first continent to be declared malaria-free by the WHO in 2015, though the recent malaria death in Italy highlights the need for continued vigilance to remain malaria-free. Many European countries are helping use their political leadership and financing to advance elimination in other regions and countries. Gilles Tonelli, Monaco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said: “Last June, Monaco hosted a meeting with the States from the Sahel region and WHO to make headway on the proposal on regional coordination response. We will mobilize the means to help them along.”

Asia has made huge strides against malaria in the past few years, however 22 Asian countries are still considered endemic. If malaria is successfully eliminated from the region by 2030, it will save more than a million lives and deliver almost US$ 300 billion in cost savings and social benefits, at a cost of just US$ 5-8 per case averted.

The Philippines has committed to eliminating malaria by 2030. Dr. Mario Baquilod, Director of the Philippines Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, highlighted the country’s innovative financial mechanisms such as the so-called “sin tax” on tobacco products, which generated over US$ 2.3 billion in just two years being allocated to public health, including anti-malaria programs.

With Costa Rica in the final stages of malaria elimination, Ambassador Rolando Castro, the Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mission emphasized the importance of country leaders staying committed to ensuring the country gets across the finish line by 2020. The country’s efforts will be critical to helping Central America become the next region to eliminate malaria.

Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, the event’s moderator and Chair of the Board of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria – the global multi-stakeholder platform to fight malaria – said: “We cannot afford to waste a decade of progress by letting up our efforts too soon and allowing malaria to surge back. Having witnessed the game-changing impact that malaria interventions are making to people, communities and economies we welcome the commitments made today, and urge others to join us in accelerating action to end malaria for good.”

Contact: For interviews, please contact:

Xenya Scanlon, xenya.scanlon@rollbackmalaria.com, +41 79 520 36 37
Michal Fishman, michal.fishman@malarianomore.org, + 1 504 220 2792

Notes to Editors:

The United Nations General Assembly Side Event: “The Role of Country Leadership in Accelerating Global Malaria Elimination” held on Thursday, September 21, was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Swaziland to the United Nations, and co-hosted by the Republic of the Philippines, the Principality of Monaco, the World Health Organization, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, African Leaders Malaria Alliance and Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance.

About the RBM Partnership to End Malaria

The RBM Partnership to End Malaria – the largest multi-stakeholder platform to fight malaria –  is the global platform for coordinated action against malaria. It mobilizes for action and resources and forges consensus among partners. The Partnership is comprised of more than 500 partners, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, nongovernmental and community-based organizations, foundations, and research and academic institutions.

How We Speak Up for SDGs in Africa.

On September 12, 2017, opened the United Nations General Assembly 72nd session, with an emphasis on striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet. In his opening statement, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, recognized that to achieve change within and beyond the UN, women and girls had to be empowered all over the world.

And this is exactly what we do at Speak Up Africa. We strive to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the continent with special focus on health, sanitation, education and gender equality. We work to empower new generations of citizens. By targeting young people as well as women, we work to build their capacity in order to help them make informed decisions about their health and the development of their communities. Our ambition is to create social movements for massive investments in health and sustainable development through financial but mainly human resources.

In 2016, Speak Up Africa created the Speak Up Africa Lab. Located in Pikine, on the outskirts of Dakar, The Lab is a space of creativity and exchanges that seek to facilitate the emergence of citizen initiatives. More precisely, the lab aims to:

-   Support local events that stimulate community mobilization.
-   Facilitate citizen initiatives’ networking.
-   Multi-thematic and multi-stakeholder meetings.
-   Stimulate the commitment of administrative, religious and customary leaders to better take charge of health and environmental issues.

With these activities and our pan-African social and behavior change and advocacy campaigns, we wish to establish a homegrown narrative that aims to drive and create sustainable change. At Speak Up Africa, we are trying to cast the SDFGs in terms of growth and opportunity. We are working to make the SDGs understandable and accessible. To do so, we need to promote the pivotal role girls and women play in developing our economies.

During the UNGA and through our online platforms, we will advocate for the achievement of the SDGs, educate young generations with a set of activities at the Speak Up Africa Lab and engage with our online community.

Join the conversation now at #SpeakUpForSDGs #MyAfrica2030 now and become a SDG champion! 

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Former Tanzanian President commends State Government’s efforts on ‘Dakshata’

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His Excellency, the former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete called on the Hon’ble Minister of Health in the Government of Rajasthan, Shree Kali Charan Saraf today at his office in the state capital, Jaipur and complimented him on the Government’s achievements on implementing initiatives that focused on women’s empowerment and improvement of the status of the girl child.

During discussions, Shree Saraf was pleased to highlight the fact that due to the successful execution of the scheme on the ground, ‘’day of birth care’’ to newborns has made phenomenal strides and as a result, newborn resuscitation has improved by 95 per cent, while management of advanced neonatal care has improved by 84 per cent. These figures represent rapid progress by a state which till recently did not have a positive track record of maternal and child health.

The Dakshata (meaning adroitness), project that has succeeded in arresting and reversing the high neo-natal births in the state, was discussed. This initiative aims to improve the quality of care at healthcare delivery points across the country. In Rajasthan, the intervention has succeeded in empowering health workers, creating an enabling environment for them to perform their duties; it has also prioritized and standardized approaches for life-saving practices at the point of use. This highly successful scheme (modelled on the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist, implemented in 101 facilities across seven high priority districts in the state) came in for high praise from the former President.

The visit was a courtesy call at the summation of the former President’s three day tour to Rajasthan. His Excellency is en route to New Delhi, where he will have a series of meetings with senior cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and diplomats, among other dignitaries.

‘Dakshata’ may find mention at the UNGA

His Excellency conveyed to the Honourable Minister of Health that he was very ‘impressed’ with the work done in Rajasthan on ‘Dakshata’ and that he would certainly make a prominent mention of the same in his address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) later this year. This would not only be an honour for Rajasthan and the nation, but would give the initiative global exposure and a chance for other countries to learn from this exemplar.

 “I have only yesterday toured an on ground facility and was struck by the way this program is being run so efficiently and diligently. I commend the State Government and the partner outfit in making this a highly successful program which has vastly overhauled the neo natal care scenario in this state. This is a success story that must be told to the world’’, remarked former President Kikwete.

In the meeting which lasted about 30 minutes, the two dignitaries had wide-ranging discussions on specific issues relating to the health and social well-being of women and children in Rajasthan. The former President, who had just visited an on-site facility where the program was being implemented in the outskirts of the city, commended Smt. Raje on the stellar performance of the Dakshata scheme. Her Government’s consistent focus on the girl child and women were also lauded by His Excellency.

Focus on initiatives to empower children and women, worthy of emulation”, says former President

Shree Saraf also apprised the visiting dignitary on other path-breaking initiatives that the Rajasthan Government has embarked upon to provide a better quality of life to its citizens- especially youth and children. In this context, the Honourable Minister informed the former President about the state Government’s untiring efforts to improve key indicators such as infant mortality and the maternal mortality ratios and the programs in this regard which he said have borne fruit.

Another key area that was discussed at the meeting was improving the quality of life of the girl child. Given the legacy of a skewed sex ratio, the Rajathan Government has undertaken various schemes that support the girl child through the course of her life and ensure a life of dignity and prosperity for women and children. One such flagship scheme is the Bhamasha Yojana which involves transferring of cash entitlements directly to the account of the woman of the family, a scheme which has been widely replicated both at the federal level and in other states. Another scheme that was also discussed was the Mukhya Mantri RajshreeYojana which ensures a staggered payment to the family right from the birth of a girl child to her higher education, thus delaying pregnancy and early child marriage.

The two leaders also spoke about other flagship schemes such as the Mukhya Mantri Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan, critical to a dry state like Rajasthan as also the Chirayu Programme. His Excellency noted how schemes and policies run by Smt. Raje’s Government are empowering communities and helping to change the status quo of women and the girl child in her state.

The ‘Poshan’ program of the Government of Rajasthan which addresses the issue of malnutrition was also discussed as an example of how state support along with the right kind of interventions can make a difference on the ground.

‘’The Government and my department have tirelessly worked to improve the lives of our citizens through economic and social empowerment with a special focus on the marginalized, the poor and children and women. These are our guiding posts and our efforts in this direction will continue unabated’’, the Hon’ble Minister of Health remarked.

His Excellency also commended Shree Saraf on the Rajasthan Government’s efforts on these issues and indicated that the state contains some excellent case studies which could be showcased at international fora as examples of how a Government with vision and political will is turning things around to ensure better quality of lives for its citizens, especially children and women. He also lauded the efforts by Smt. Raje’s Government to improve the socio-economic status of its citizens and implementing state-level initiatives as initiatives worthy of emulation.

Shree Saraf also informed His Excellency, that during the tenure of the present Government in Rajasthan,  the state has made rapid strides and is now counted among the top 8 states in the country on parameters such as growth, inward investments, industrialization and job creation − to name a few. At the close of the discussions, he thanked the former President for taking some time off to visit Rajasthan and invited him to visit the state again.

His Excellency expressed his gratitude for the warmth and cordiality the state has extended to him during his visit and requested that Smt. Raje and Shree Saraf should visit Tanzania and see for themselves how the African country is emerging from the shadows of the past and is being transformed as a young, confident and progressive 21st century nation.

Africa on the Verge of Winning the Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases

Africa on the Verge of Winning the Fight Against Neglected Tropical Diseases

Brazzaville, Congo. 24 August 2017 - For more than 40 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has worked to control river blindness (onchocerciasis), the second major infectious cause of blindness in Africa. Today, 30 years after a major donation of medication by Merck & Co, a pharmaceutical company, and after 20 years of the success of the African Program for Onchocerciasis Control (APOC) the reduction of the disease intensity has allowed WHO to shift the goal from control to elimination – a really ambitious achievement.

The unprecedented donation of medication "as much as needed for as long as needed", combined with innovative distribution mechanism from WHO was protecting more than 110 million people annually in 19 countries by 2015, when the APOC program closed. It prevented over 40,000 cases of blindness every year between 1995 and 2015.

WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO) is still and more than ever committed to the elimination of river blindness and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The distribution mechanism based on a community directed treatment with ivermectin (CDTI) has been adapted and is now broadly used to distribute medicines for NTDs through the new WHO Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN). This ambitious project is working with Member States to reach WHO 2020 targets for control and elimination of the 5 NTDs curable by regular mass medicine administration (MMA).

Africa is unfortunately home to an estimated 47% of the global burden of all NTDs. The region carries the highest global burden of disease for Buruli ulcer, Guinea worm disease, human African trypanosomiasis, river blindness and yaws. NTDs affect the poorest communities in Africa, some living on less than $2 per day. They cause disability, disfigurement, stigma, poverty, and have detrimental effects on school attendance and child development, agriculture, and economic productivity.

The fight against river blindness is recognized today as a public health problem that is under control given that there are no new cases of blindness in communities under treatment and there has been a drastic reduction in skin disease caused by infection.

Today and tomorrow, the remaining challenge for the ESPEN special project and the Member States is to achieve transmission interruption and complete elimination of onchocerciasis. This has been already achieved in some foci of Uganda, Senegal, Mali and it is also suspected to be eliminated in some foci in Burundi, Malawi, and Nigeria.

A complete elimination of NTDs can be within reach with a strong and sustained investment by the Member States, NGOs and partners, in the effective distribution of donated medications, from the national down to the community level.

Report from the World Health Organization.

For Additional Information or to Request Interviews, Please contact:
Dr Maria Rebollo Polo
Programme Manager
Telephone: +47-241-39905
Email: rebollopolom@who.int

Tom Peyre-Costa
Communications Officer
Telephone: +47-241-39811
Email: peyrecostat@who.int

Collins Boakye-Agyemang
Acting Communications Adviser
Tel: + 242 06 520 6565
Email: boakyeagyemangc@who.int

Nous recherchons un réalisateur-vidéographe!

Nous recherchons un réalisateur-vidéographe!

Lieu de la mission : Dakar, Sénégal
Durée de la mission : 3 mois à compter du 1e septembre 2017

 

À propos de Speak Up Africa

Basée à Dakar, au Sénégal, Speak Up Africa est une organisation à but non lucratif de communication stratégique et de plaidoyer dédiée à catalyser le leadership africain, favoriser les changements de politiques et renforcer la sensibilisation autour du développement durable en Afrique.

Le pouls du continent africain s'est accéléré. Au-delà de leur promesse commerciale, les Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement ont insufflé une nouvelle dynamique à travers l’Afrique et ses populations. Dans la nouvelle ère des Objectifs de développement durable (ODD), Speak Up Africa s'efforce de promouvoir un changement de leadership et de renforcer le processus de responsabilisation des pays africains afin de créer un environnement propice à un changement durable.

 

Justification

Dans le cadre de sa stratégie de communication, de plaidoyer pour le développement durable et du partage des connaissances, Speak Up Africa envisage la production de vidéos, films documentaires et reportages photos.

Ces produits mettront en exergue les priorités et la vision de Speak Up Africa et de ses partenaires dans la perspective des Objectifs de Développement Durable. Ils devront restituer en une présentation attrayante, accessible et promotionnelle tant au niveau de la mise en scène que du scénario et du contenu la situation du groupe de populations cible et son lien avec l’équité. Le contenu devra être à la fois exhaustif et attractif pour être accessible à un large public comme à des spécialistes par le biais d’un style informatif et une présentation incitative.

Ces produits viseront à élever le profil de Speak Up Africa et à documenter les problématiques clés de sa mission.

 

Responsabilités

Placé sous la supervision de la Directrice exécutive adjointe, le réalisateur-vidéographe se chargé des tâches suivantes :

  • Etablir/consolider une base de données d’images pour les supports vidéo et photo en appui à la communication externe et aux projets de Speak Up Africa
  • Repérer les sites et projets pour tournage, de prise de vue et de photo
  • Identifier les angles d’attaque pour les produits proposés
  • Ecrire les scénario
  • Elaborer la structure des reportages photos
  • Ecrire les légendes
  • Présenter les tendances, progrès et les perspectives du programme à travers les interviews, les entretiens et les témoignages
  • Mettre en valeur les idées novatrices et les enseignements et leçons tirés du programme
  • Présenter des portraits
  • Procéder aux prises de vue pertinentes
  • Réaliser et monter les vidéos
  • Concevoir les messages, titres et dialogues

 

Méthodologie

La méthodologie consiste en un travail de documentation, d’investigation et d’analyse et de repérage approfondis en plus d’entretiens éventuels avec les partenaires de Speak Up Africa pour en extraire les témoignages et récits qui enrichiront et illustreront les vidéos et les reportages photos.

 

Profil

Le consultant doit avoir une expérience pertinente en communication notamment dans le domaine de l’écriture journalistique, audiovisuelle et cinématographique et de la production de documents vidéo.

La connaissance des problématiques de développement surtout dans le domaine de la santé publique et de l’éducation. La production d’un travail de qualité et de la même nature avec d’autres organisations non gouvernementales est un atout.

 

Candidature

Toute soumission de candidature (lettre de motivation et CV détaillé) devra être envoyée à info@speakupafrica.org avec la mention « Réalisateur – Vidéographe » dans le sujet du courriel.

Speak Up Africa Delivers a Menstrual Hygiene Management Awareness Session During the First Lady’s of Sierra Leone Fourth Girls’ Camp in Freetown

Speak Up Africa Delivers a Menstrual Hygiene Management Awareness Session During the First Lady’s of Sierra Leone Fourth Girls’ Camp in Freetown

Freetown, Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – Menstruation is a natural process but it is rarely talked about because of cultural taboos. Menstrual hygiene – how to manage menstruation safely and with dignity – has also been largely neglected by the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector and others focusing on reproductive health and education. As a result, the menstrual hygiene challenges faced by women and girls are made even more difficult, and millions continue to be denied their rights to WASH, health, education, dignity and gender equity.

For the past year, Speak Up Africa has been working on filling in the knowledge gap around Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). Why? Because MHM has a long-term impact on women’s health, education and livelihoods but it also impacts the economy, as failing to provide for women’s sanitation needs ultimately risks excluding half of the potential workforce.

Young women in Sierra Leone are being bombarded with negative messages by both the media and through societal pressure. Over time, the effects are manifested as low self-esteem, a rise in teenage pregnancy, misinformation about women’s issues, and more. H.E. Sia Nyama Koroma, First Lady of Sierra Leone has been a strong advocate for the empowerment of young women as a way of countering these negative effects and for the country’s development. The Office of The First Lady (OFL) has developed various programs, events and initiatives for the betterment of the lives of Sierra Leonean people, specifically children and young women.

The National Girls’ Camp aims to empower young women to develop a positive self image, improve their self esteem and make informed decisions in regards to their sexual reproductive health, leadership roles, healthy lifestyle and more, through an action-packed agenda comprised of courses, lectures, networking opportunities, comedy, drama, exercise and sports. The selection process is done by the OFL and its partners, for deserving girls from each region with exceptional school grades, and leadership qualities.

Speak Up Africa has been graciously invited to partake in the 2017 National Girls’ Camp 2017 by the OFL and Solid Investments Group (SIG), and deliver a workshop on MHM. During this interactive session, Speak Up Africa discussed with the girls and learned about their perceptions and attitudes towards MHM. Speak Up Africa explained the different types of MHM tools and intimate hygiene management. Packs of reusable pads from ApiAfrique and key materials on MHM were distributed to each of the 100 girls attending the camp.

Martha and Marie Tondoneh are twins. They are 16 y/o and its their second time coming to the First Lady’s Girls Camp, ‘what we love about this camp is that every session you get to learn about new things and get to hear the experiences of others. We also love to interact with new girls and get to meet new people’. On the MHM awareness session Martha added ‘what we learned during the session is that, as girls, during our period, we should not be shy and feel like we do not belong. It is a normal thing and that does not make us less human or less girls. Menstrual is a sign that you’re growing and different things happen so you just have to be happy and take it as it is’. On women empowerment and the Girls’ Camp ‘Women empowerment is so important because it helps young girls to know themselves, to believe in themselves to say ‘Yes we have a future, we are going to be good people in the future, we simply can be who we wan to be!’’

To address menstrual hygiene is not only to address the four to seven days a month that women are menstruating, but the root cause of gender disparity. When it is properly addressed, it leads to increased overall health of women and girls. It improves educational outcomes as it improves school attendance. It promotes economic freedom by helping women stay in the workforce, and improves the confidence and dignity of women and girls by teaching them that their bodies are nothing to be ashamed of. Women and girls face enough challenges each day, their own body should never be one of them.

Speak Up Africa strives to empower women and girls throughout Africa and thanks to the Fourth Girls Camp in Sierra Leone, a hundred more girls in the country are able to be and feel ‘Young, Empowered and Safe’!

We're Hiring: Are You Speak Up Africa's Next Operations' Manager?

We're Hiring: Are You Speak Up Africa's Next Operations' Manager?

Job Description

Based: Dakar, Senegal
Reports to: Deputy Executive Director
Type of position: Full time
Starting Date: September 1, 2017

 

Background

Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, Speak Up Africa is a women-led strategic communications and advocacy organization dedicated to catalyzing leadership, enabling policy change, and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa.

The success of the Millennium Development Goals has infused the continent with a new sense of vibrancy – from commercial promise to populations increasingly connected - Africa’s pulse has quickened. In the new era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Speak Up Africa strives to promote a shift in African leadership and accountability and create an enabling environment for sustainable change.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

The Operations Manager will work under the supervision of the Deputy Executive Director. His/her main tasks are to ensure the planning, implementation and monitoring of the Speak Up Africa programs. The Operations Manager is expected to work closely with the various departments of Speak Up Africa, as well as with external partners.

 

More specifically, the Operations Manager will:

  • Coordinate the work of Program Officers under his / her supervision.
  • Consolidate monthly, quarterly, mid-yearly and annual reports of implementing partners, analyzes variances and ensure corrective action is taken.
  • Ensure that technical reports are submitted in accordance with the requirements of Speak Up Africa’s senior leadership and project implementation partners.
  • Supervise project implementation in conjunction with the Program Officers.
  • Prepare concept notes, editorials and other writings to document Speak Up Africa's programs, from their design to their actual implementation.
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Executive Director and the communication team for the production of content related to the programs and value proposition of Speak Up Africa.
  • Prepare summary notes to report on program implementation.
  • Identify challenges encountered in the preparation, implementation of projects and implement corrective measures.
  • Ensure compliance with the logical and impact framework of Speak Up Africa.
  • Participate in the needs assessment and capacity building of staff and implementing partners.
  • Exploit the reports submitted by the Program Officers and provide feedback to the Deputy Executive Director.
  • Participate in the preparation of technical coordination meetings.
  • Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of programmatic performance and the technical staff under his / her supervision.
  • Supervise and accompany colleagues and implementing partners in the execution of short, medium and long-term activities.
  • Ensure data quality assurance in collaboration with Program Officers.

 

Required Profile

  • A master’s degree in social sciences is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively within a team.
  • Proven experience in project management in areas such as public health and sustainable development.  
  • Strong communication skills and experience working in multidisciplinary and multilingual teams.
  • Strong organizational, synthesis and reporting skills.
  • Perfect command of English and French mandatory; knowledge of additional languages appreciated.
  • Must be Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.) and the usual practice of desktop and electronic communication tools and software.

 

Candidacy

To apply for this position please send a cover letter, a detailed CV, and the contacts of three references to: info@speakupafrica.org. The e-mail must be marked as follows: « Application – Operations Manager »

Zéro Palu ! je m’engage.

Zéro Palu ! je m’engage.

Ma vision du champion communautaire.

Par Déborah Demont

 

Parachutée en début d’année dans un contexte qui m’était encore peu connu, il a fallu que je m’adapte et que je déchiffre ce nouveau vocabulaire et abréviations qui font partie de la grande famille des Organisations Internationales.

Outre toutes les informations reçues et utiles à débuter ce nouveau travail qui était désormais le mien, mon cerveau a tiqué sur les mots « Champion Communautaire » lors d’une brève explication de la campagne « Zéro Palu ! Je m’engage », mouvement citoyen d’ampleur nationale en faveur de l’élimination du paludisme au Sénégal et mise en œuvre par ma nouvelle ONG d’adoption Speak Up Africa.

Mais revenons à l’essence même de mon questionnement, qu’est-ce exactement un « Champion Communautaire » ?! Je ne vous cache pas que ni une ni deux, mon imagination a pris le large et s’est imaginé qu’un champion communautaire était, petit un, une personne ayant remportée une compétition ; petit deux, il s’agissait forcément d’un athlète sportif et petit trois, restait à déterminer la discipline et le rôle joué au sein de ce programme de lutte contre le paludisme. En d’autres termes, pour moi un champion communautaire était un sportif médaillé qui utilisait son image et sa notoriété en faveur de la lutte contre le paludisme. Cependant, plus les informations m’étaient données au sujet de ces fameux champions Zéro Palu, plus l’image que je m’en faisais devenait farfelue. Heureusement pour moi, ce passage romanesque et digne de l’imagination d’Alice au pays des merveilles s’est rapidement estompé pour faire face à la réalité des choses.

J’ai donc appris que la santé communautaire se définit par des actions de proximité, c'est-à-dire des activités ou des soins prodigués près des lieux où vivent les personnes. Elle vise la promotion de la santé en favorisant l’autogestion des personnes. Cette approche participative permet d’identifier les domaines d’actions prioritaires et permet la mise en œuvre des changements nécessaires. Le processus qui en découle pourrait se révéler particulièrement pertinent dans le maintien et le renforcement de la santé d’une population, c’est pourquoi la campagne Zéro Palu ! Je m’engage a stratégiquement monté, avec l’aide de partenaires tels que WARI, une armée de 8 champions communautaires dont le rôle est d’agir en tant qu’acteurs de changement ou de guides santé jouissant d'une grande crédibilité auprès de leur communauté.

Il y a quelques jours, soit environ six mois après mes débuts chez Speak Up Africa,  j’ai eu la chance de rencontrer trois de ces champions communautaires en pleine action dans le cadre de leurs activités Zéro Palu ! Il s’agissait d’une causerie, d’un set-settàl et de visites à domicile. Avez-vous déjà ressenti une certaine fierté à travailler pour une cause ou une structure, une sorte de subite envie d’appartenance ? Eh bien, c’est ce que j’ai ressenti à ce moment-là en les observant ! Bien que je ne comprenne absolument pas le Wolof, la conviction, l’engagement et la détermination avec laquelle elles faisaient passer leurs messages était tout bonnement captivant. L’ambiance et la chaleur des sénégalais s’est très vite fait ressentir avec une démonstration d’utilisation de moustiquaires et un set-settàl au son des Gongobas ; l’assemblée s’est rapidement mobilisée, s’emparant ainsi de balais et de sauts pour assainir leur lieu de vie. Quant aux visites à domicile, la proximité et le climat de confiance instauré entre le champion et le ménage visité a été immédiatement palpable, par conséquent, on remarque une bonne qualité d’écoute.

Avec un peu de recul, mon idée d’athlète n’était pas si fausse. Nos champions communautaires travaillent chaque jour aussi dur qu’un athlète de haut niveau, ils gagnent du terrain jour après jour dans la lutte de ce fléau qu’est celui du Paludisme et chaque cas évité par leur démarche est selon moi méritant de toutes les médailles du monde…