IsraAID

IsraAID's mission is to effectively and efficiently respond to international humanitarian disasters and development challenges by utilizing innovative solutions and a network of highly trained professionals to assist and work alongside communities worldwide.
Jul 1, 2015

Building Communities in Vanuatu

After the devastating TC Pam struck the islands of Vanuatu on March 13th, IsraAID was one of the very first teams on ground to respond. On March 18th, IsraAID sent a team of professionals to assess and respond to the increasing water scarcity, lack of food and need of psychosocial services provision at this critical time. IsraAID has distributed water, farm and garden kits for all villages in Tangoa Island, filters distribution and rehabilitated water harvesting systems in community facilities. In addition, IsraAID led the Psychosocial First Aid efforts in the island, working with service providers while establishing a long-term recovery provision approach for rehabilitation and resilience promotion.

As of today, IsraAID is partnering with government officials; MOH, MOJ and MOW, along with invested partners, WHO Cadena and Humedica, to create sustainable, long-term programs, responding to the community’s needs and local assets in the fields of WASH and Mental Health Psychosocial Support.

MHPSS Primary Care System, training of trainers program:

In a cascade holistic module, targeting 240 service providers from all 6 Vanuatu provinces, IsraAID in Partnership with Ministry of health (MoH) and world health organization (WHO) is addressing three layers of community; community leaders, welfare personal and clinical staff, to establish a sustainable mental health psychosocial support (MHPSS) system in Vanuatu, basing the MHPSS efforts in existing primary care systems. IsraAID team (art therapist and a clinical psychologist) together with Dr. Jimmy, Vanuatu national psychiatrist in charge of mental health in the country have begun training on June 15th, offering a MHPSS holistic approach. Till today 114 trainees from Shefa, Tanna a and Malampa provinces participated in the training, building capacity through developing communication skills, stress reduction technics, assessments, diagnoses and intervention according to the MHGAP and the capacity of each three layers. Conveying creative methods and skill building to diagnose, engage and support people coping with psychosocial and mental disorders in the community while establishing the foundation of a referral mechanism in Vanuatu. During the training, Mr. Daniel Pakoa, Chief of Euta community has expressed the growing need to address alcohol and drugs abuse with the youth of his community, he has inspired us all by sharing that he had began implementing technics learned in training and that through the networking that is formed, he is now able to collaborate with other practitioners to reduce the problem and implement a new approach to the situation.

WASH program:

IsraAID experts, based on their specialized “know-how” in water irrigation, designed a disaster-resistant system that uses gravity to channel fresh and safe drinking water from mountain springs down to Tongoa island communities. This new water system will be able to withstand future cyclones and earthquakes.

In partnership with Humedica, the program targets 640 beneficiaries living in the villages of Matangi and Itakoma (128 households), A primary school that is present in Matangi Village and Davalapa Dispensary (the only health service available on the north part of Tongoa Island). These villages, school and dispensary will soon be connected to running water all year round. IsraAID team is currently preparing the ground for the program implementation, working with targeted communities, importing most appropriate DRR equipment and taking all measures to be most prepared for the gravity water system construction during July 2015. we look forward to begin hands-on work! As Pakoa, our partner from Tangoa says, “Water is the essence of life and it is our communal responsibility and duty to take care of life”. 

Jun 5, 2015

Tohoku For Nepal

High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal

Our mission is to empower the youth of Tohoku by supporting development of creativity skills.

About Youth Leadership Project:

Youth Leadership Project aims at offering workshop and experience to learn creative thinking, problem
solving and team building skills to young people in Tohoku area. The young people will be also offered the
opportunities to lead the social projects in the community and local schools, utilizing the skills they
learned, to become leaders in the local societies of Tohoku.

Summary of Activities:

Together with TOMODACHI alumni and seniour managers, Japan IsraAID Support Program has launched a leadership program for high-school students in the affected areas. The program, "Tohoku For Nepal", aims to create a bridge between high school students in Tohoku and in Nepal, which was affected by a recent massic earthquake.
A group of high school students in Sendai contacted JISP about a potential aid project to high school students in Nepal.
As a first step, the students decided to organize a fund-raising drive.
On May 30 and May 31, 15 high school students collected funds in the streets of Sendai. In just few hours, the students were able to collect slighly more than 1,000 US Dollars. These funds, together with future fund-raising drives will be sent directly to a high-school in Nepal.

As a second step, JISP met with the students and decided to launch a "pen-pal" program between schools who have overcame the disaster in Japan 4 years ago and students in Nepal.

We will update you about the developments and progress of this unique program in the next report.

Thank you all for your generous support.

High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
Jun 3, 2015

Emergency Period Report

20/05/2015

Though IsraAID's activities in Nepal continue, the time has come for the organization to begin shifting its focus to longer term holistic rehabilitation. For more details please visit - https://goto.gg/20617 

SEARCH AND RESCUE (SAR) & MEDICAL EMERGENCY RELIEF (MER)

Teams of Search and Rescue (SAR) and Medical Emergency Relief (MER) were dispatched to Nepal within days of the earthquake to respond to needs as they arise, and assist the Nepalese government and international actors in the short- and long-term recovery plans. With construction codes unfollowed, and population density extremely high, injuries are plenty, and already feeble national medical services continue to struggle to deal with the extent of injuries. Traditional medical facilities are overrun, while a need has been identified for mobile clinics to reach difficult of access areas.

Search and Rescue (SAR): A 15 member team was in Nepal for 9 days retrieving bodies, and even against all odds rescuing a survivor after 5 days stuck under the rubble. The team focused on the worst hit areas of Gongabu in Kathmandu (where 12 people were buried alive), and Sindupalchok district. The team collaborated closely with the Nepalese army and armed police, as well as with international teams from Mexico, Korea, Poland, France, Noway, and India. Following a request from the Nepalese government, all SAR teams left the country by the end of the following week.

Within days, a Medical Emergency Relief (MER) teamheaded by Prof. Mick Elkan, an epidemiologist expert, was sent to support and strengthen existing hospitals, clinics and medical institutions.

Focusing on IsraAIDs ability to reach difficult of access areas, the team coordinated with UN agencies and the Nepalese Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to identify far-flung villages with high damage reports that were unlikely to receive medical attention quickly. The team then walked, drove, and took helicopters to reach 5 different areas (Melamchi, Uhiya, Bungamati, and Ganeshtan) across the most affected districts of Sindupalchok, Nuwakot, Gorkha, and Dhading in Nepal.

To date, over 1,000 people have been treated by IsraAIDs MER team, with 2 critical patients, including an infant baby, requiring airlifts to Kathmandu. In addition, drawing on expertise unavailable in these areas, several more severe cases were treated by IsraAIDs orthopedic doctor: 5 people were in need of casts, one of them was an 8 year old boy with a femur fraction who was anesthetized to receive reduction and cast.

In addition, the team has been providing on-going support to local hospitals in the capital in the areas of pediatrics, internal medicine and neonatal care. After the second earthquake on May 12th, the team mobilized within minutes and saved all 7 babies from the neonatal ward of the Grande International hospital’s neonatal unit by rushing to set up a temporary ward outside after the building was deemed unsafe. The ward was home to both Nepalese and foreign premature neonates, including 4 Israeli ones.

 

PsychoSocial Services (PSS)

The psychological effects of the earthquake on the population, their families, communities, and the emergency responders are wide ranging and long lasting. The need to provide psychosocial support (PSS) to people during this time is critical to building resilience to enable them to develop long-term coping strategies to counteract the stresses brought about by the earthquake, , and regain a sense of normalcy.  In Nepal, IsraAID is collaborating both with the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) and the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), and has recently been designated by UNICEF Nepal as a key technical expert on Mental Health and PsychoSocial Services (MHPSS), effectively recommending IsraAID take a lead role in developing the capacity of the over 50 partners involved in the MHPSS national response strategy.

 

The training program being developed targets social workers, mental health clinicians, and outreach staff (of local and international NGOs) from the most affected districts, and provides training on Psychological First Aid (PFA), resilience building, diversifying coping mechanism, gender-based violence, grief care, and self-care. The ultimate purpose of these activities is to prevent long-term trauma related disorders, create resilience and social connection for children and adults living in communities heavily affected by the 2015 earthquake, and to encourage the reintegration of child and adult survivors and the processing of grief for those who have lost family or friends. Finally, the training will also enable service-providers to avoid burnout and vicarious (secondary) trauma through self-care modules.

To date, IsraAID has conducted workshops for over 100 social work professionals and students, focusing first and foremost on PSS activities to meet immediate needs before engaging in long-term training programs. Following the national response strategy, these efforts have targeted Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) and the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) camps.

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