Improved access to safe drinking water in Niger


October 9, 2019 | Posted in Humanitarian intervention, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Niger, Water | By

Challenges for displaced persons are many. In our humanitarian interventions we seek to alleviate some of their suffering by providing one of the most basic needs for survival – clean water! Thanks for support from the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) – we are able to provide sustainable clean water to displaced communities in Diffa, Niger, pumped using solar energy.

The project titel is “Improved access to safe drinking water for displaced and host populations in the Diffa region, Niger” Project period August 2017 – December 2019. Funded by ECHO.

/Milward Mwamvani, Humanitarian Coordinator

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Our treasured women humanitarians


August 19, 2019 | Posted in Civil Society Development (CSD), Humanitarian intervention, Inclusive Education (IE), Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) | By

It is World Humanitarian Day (19 August 2019), that one day in the year when we reflect on our engagement in the global humanitarian response. As this year focuses on honouring the Women Humanitarians, we take time to appreciate those in our own organisation who have made the work we do worthwhile. Without the committed women that we serve with, more than half of our efforts to respond to humanitarian crises in different places of the world would not be possible. Not only do they bring in the critical aspect of cultural relevance and appropriateness, but they also bring critical skills that have impacted communities.

We are unable to mention each one of them by name in this release, but these few that are mentioned are intended to represent the 100+ women across our program countries. The sacrifices made amidst the challenging environments for these women are just amazing!


Figure 1: Khadmallah Wilson Kanza – IAS South Sudan HR Manager

Staff management is one of the key areas in ensuring successful humanitarian interventions, and we are glad that Ms Khadmallah keeps the morale among our staff in one of the most challenging operations in South Sudan.


Figure 2: Aissa Yangana Hassane – IAS Niger, Diffa WASH Agent

Community Sensitisation/Mobilisation in our operations need to be culturally appropriate, and our Women Humanitarians are in the fore front in working with female populations. Here, it is a session on sensitizing women in Diffa on the importance of maintaining water quality from the tap to the cup.


Figure 3: A solar power training session in Yemen by our partner



Figure 4: Food distribution in the Yemen Response

Very thankful and honoured to have women like Salma (top picture) and Latifa (bottom picture) who are making a big difference in the humanitarian response in Yemen.


Figure 5: A MHM session in Rhino Camp – Uganda, with South Sudanese refugees

Ms Violet Avako is one of our officers in Uganda’s Rhino Camp where our response focuses on the South Sudanese refugee situation. She is appreciated among the women as they feel comfortable to relate and share their challenges amidst the very challenging conditions of being a refugee.


Figure 6: At work in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement

In some of the places we operate, our teams ride many miles as they work with communities. Ms Emily Ayaa is engaged in Uganda’s Kyangwali Refugee Settlement where we are responding to the DRC refugee situation. She rides her motorcycle through the “bushes” where she engages with new refugees working on settling on their allocated land.

These are but just a few examples of the amazing Women Humanitarians we have in our organisation, and on this day we express how truly grateful and honoured we are that this wonderful family of committed workers strives to alleviate suffering and promote human dignity with so much love!

Happy World Humanitarian Day!

/Milward Mwamvani – Humanitarian Coordinator

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Clean water is key to survival


August 8, 2019 | Posted in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Niger | By

For refugees and IDPs in DiffaNiger, availability of sustainable clean water is key to survival. With support from the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) we can construct sustainable infrastructure.

The project titel is “Improved access to safe drinking water for displaced and host populations in the Diffa region, Niger” Project period August 2017 – December 2019. Funded by ECHO.

/Milward Mwamvani, Humanitarian Coordinator

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Get to know Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege


December 13, 2018 | Posted in Congo, Health | By

’My strategy is to respond to hate with more love, to show that evil will never prevail. My way of giving love is treating the sick and offering them hope.’ (Nobel Peace Prize winner 2018 – Doctor Denis Mukwege)

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Denis Mukwege was washing his hands after surgery when he found out he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2018. Stepping out of the operating room, he was greeted by cheers and applause from the patients and colleagues. Dr. Mukwege has been fighting sexual violence; long before the MeToo movement made it a global issue. He has operated on women who were subjected to brutal assaults without ever succumbing to the rage the evil. Instead, he has used his platform to raise awareness about the situation of these women, and as a Nobel Peace Prize winner, he is emphasising that this award also belongs to the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Many people are now commenting on the significance of Dr Mukwege’s work, but I think Justine Sirie, a cleaner at Panzi Hospital, said it best: ’Following a rape, Dr Mukwege operated on me seven times. Once I healed physically, Dr Mukwege offered me a job at the hospital, and thanks to that I can support my family. I can afford to pay school fees, and I’ve even bought a small plot of land to grow crops. Words can’t express how much Dr Mukwege has done for women like me. He gives us hope, even in times so hard we feel like our hearts will just give up. He will operate on anyone, no matter their income, ethnic group or religion.’

mukwege A few years ago, Denis Mukwege was the target of an assassination attempt, during which his daughters were taken hostage and his close friend and security guard was killed. Dr Mukwege survived and however forced to live in exile. Congolese women started collecting money to pay for his flight back to Congo. Most of them were poor women, selling fruit and vegetables by the side of the road, who didn’t have many pennies to spare. But they knew that when enough people work together, there is no limit to what you can achieve.

Our merging partner Läkarmissionen is the single largest Swedish aid donor to Panzi Hospital and we are proud to be a part it. At Panzi Hospital, besides women, the lives of many severely malnourished children are saved in the special ward supported by Läkarmissionen. The hospital is also equipped to save the lives of premature babies in the neonatal ward that Läkarmissionen has helped fund. The families then receive help to improve their access to food. Without this help, there is a significant risk that the child will need emergency care again.

Let’s hear from Mukwege’s colleagues 

Dr Buhendwa, anesthesiologist and long-time colleague:

‘While Dr Mukwege could easily choose to live in Europe, where he and his family would be safe, he has chosen to stay and live here, near his patients and the people he fights to protect with every fibre of his being.’

Sylvie Mwambali, MD and Head of Family Planning at the hospital:

’Dr Mukwege isn’t just a skilled gynaecologist. He is also a humanitarian, fighting for justice on behalf of his patients. Treating a woman who has been raped isn’t like treating a person with malaria. Dr Mukwege has to work under the protection of bodyguards and is a survivor of an attempted assassination. We must stop these rapes now!’

Claes Johan Alexandersson, Läkarmissionen:

The UN characterises the situation in the DR Congo as one of the worst in the world. Around 120 armed groups are currently fighting the Congolese army or each other. Families have been forced to leave their homes to escape the violence. The maternal mortality rate is high, and many children are malnourished. Panzi Hospital, a source of hope, is doing crucial work and needs our help.

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