AHA Programmes (2015 – present)
Since it operation in 2015, AHA Djibouti with support from UNHCR has been delivering comprehensive health care support to refugees and Asylums seekers. AHA provides services through three health centers with inpatient, laboratory, pharmacy and maternity units and outpatient facilities through an urban clinic. In addition, the health care centers provide medical consultations to adults and pediatrics.
With the huge influx of refugees form Yemen, AHA also engages in an emergency medical response and establishes response plans in collaboration with UN and other entities operating in Djibouti. In addition, AHA provides mental health response programmes for refugee and asylum seekers.
AHA nutrition program focuses on prevention of acute malnutrition among children under the age of 5, pregnant and lactating women through the reduction of the prevalence of malnutrition and Anemia in the refugee camps carried by AHA.
To address these challenges, AHA provides a particular emphasis on awareness, education and communication to achieve a change in behavior for nutrition and hygiene with support from WFP, UNICEF and UNHCR.
AHA also puts emphasis on the placement of systematized early malnutrition detection in the community by using Mid-upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) and refereeing cases to NHS.
To maximize the impact and sustainability of AHA’s work, AHA periodically provide training for national staff and refugee volunteers. Training for the health center staffs prioritizes on enhancing staff capacity to adapt and manage goals, become familiar with the resources deployed namely priority pathologies, national protocols, goods and drugs. Furthermore, the AHA personnel participate in various capacity building programs organized by the Ministry of Health and other operational partners in the camps, namely: WFP, UNICEF, ONARS, and UNHCR.
AHA’s HIV/AIDS program in close partnership with the government and UNHCR works towards the prevention of the spread of HIV in the community. It focuses on supporting affected people and provides periodic biological monitoring and counseling to those in need.
In addition, access to ARV and other preventive health care methods and supplementary foods are provided by AHA.