The month of February has been an exciting month for the Words of Relief team. Among other things, we have been getting ready for our big launch workshop, developing a comprehensive MEL Plan and planning how to disseminate the content we will translate. Additionally, we have been networking and creating awareness of our project.
A person suffering from trauma can struggle to deal with memories of a traumatic event and often has difficulty understanding and processing what has happened. Survivors of sexual violence often avoid thinking about or dealing with difficult memories because this can lead to intense feelings of fear or shame.
Here I am again! And I’ve grown even more since we first met… I, ZAK, will soon be ready to be put to work. My developer has assured me that I have now reached 85% of my full adult height.
However, I’ll only be a simple DVD. I’ll of course be gifted with a good brain, but still useless if I’m not fed with reliable zootechnical data from livestock breeding! And there’s the rub… How can we obtain good quality information from traditional breeding farms, since the owners are mostly illiterate and don’t record any occurrences on their farms in writing?
Violence against women and girls is a significant problem in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), particularly in the country’s conflict-ridden eastern provinces. Few emergency or long-term care services are available to rape survivors in eastern Congo. Many survivors experience high levels of distress and most live in extreme poverty, exacerbated by the stigma faced in families and communities.
The software development continues. Whilst very exciting, it is not an easy or predictable process. In December our developer announced that the completion of the development would be delayed until April based on complexities in the development that were not previously identified. We had expected a few delays and so applied for a no-cost extension on this project which has been approved meaning the software will still be completed within the project timeframe.
Hi! Let me introduce myself: my name is Zak, and I’m a tool created to provide clear information regarding the good management of livestock farming. Actually, it was right back in 1973 that my creator, Guy Van Vlaenderen, started trying to develop a suitable tool to analyse the performance of farmed animals in traditional environments in sub-Saharan Africa.
In refugee camps, agencies monitor performance of health services and impact of health interventions by reports of service provision, cases of illness (morbidity rates) and deaths (mortality rates) across the camp. Differences in access, use of services, and health status among refugees are not routinely measured. It is complex and expensive. Our project will provide this information using a different type of survey called Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) which uses small samples to measure if coverage of health services reaches pre-determined targets or not.
In January, the mVAM project reached an important milestone: after 6 months of preparations, we launched our live phone surveys in Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Internally displaced persons (IDPs) are now responding to WFP food security surveys by mobile phone.
In order to get the first round of calls started, Marie and the team spent a week in Goma to organise the distribution of mobile phones to respondents in the camp, training our two operators, and working through a ‘long list of loose ends’.
In addition to our ongoing core grant funding, based on open calls for applications, we are continually looking for new ways to provide targeted support to innovation, and this week sees an exciting new element to these efforts. The premise for this work is that there are particular areas of practice (which might be sectorial or thematic) that can be identified as offering scope for the development and testing of innovative products and processes.