UK-based international development NGO working with local communities in Eastern Europe and Asia to improve health and social care for vulnerable women and children. We currently work in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and Northern Afghanistan.
...to achieve sustainable, culturally sensitivedissemination of best practices in health and socialcare for vulnerable groups in the region inpartnership with our overseas partners
To keep women and their babies safeWe work with local partners to promote safechildbirth.To keep families together and prevent childinstitutionalisationWe ensure parents get the support they need to care for theirchildren, especially those with a disability or at risk.
Prevention through safe motherhood Safe childbirth and newborn care Early intervention for improved child social care and development Supporting vulnerable parents to care for their children, especially children with disabilities.
capacity- building evidence-partnership based work practice
UK – USSR Medical Exchange Programme, 1984 Aim: To build up friendship and trustbetween the UK and the USSR through the medical network
Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Uzbekistan Azerbaijan Northern Afghanistan Russia In the past we also worked in Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Train health and social care professionals Develop publications and training materials Raise public awareness and advocate at regional and national levels Organise public health education and prevention campaigns Build capacity of local NGOs and provide networking opportunities
Safe Childbirth Project in Azerbaijan Together with our Azerbaijani partner NGO “Family and Society” we trained more than 300 doctors and midwives in more than 6 regions in the country and provided necessary medical equipment to local hospitals in Sheki and Kizhi regions. The project was funded by GlaxoSmithKline and started in 2003.Inter-regional League of Midwives of Russia HealthProm helped develop the first professional association for midwives for Russia, which acts as a voice for Russian midwives and advocates for a defined professional role for midwives based on international definitions and standards of midwifery education and practice.Bologoye Hospital Project (Tver region, Russia) HealthProm provided essential medical equipment and professional training for the Bologoye Hospital Maternity DepartmentNewborn care in Uzbekistan HealthProm provided training of trainers in resuscitation of newborn babies in Uzbekistan in partnership with the Ministry of Health and UNICEF
Altai Child Disability Project (Siberia, Russia) HealthProm and our Russian partner NGO Revival established two day care centres for disabled children and their families, which provided community based care and support service for disabled children and their familiesYoung Child Attachment, St. Petersburg In partnership with the St Petersburg Early Intervention Institute The main aim was to build the Institutes knowledge and understanding of childrens needs for development and a Russian evidence base of research findings on what works best for child development, to be disseminated throughout Russia. The project also made a training film entitled "Early Relationships and Child Development“ and a film The Road Home
“Supporting young disabled children and theirfamilies in Kyrgyz Republic”•Started in May 2008, for three years•Funded by the Big Lottery Fund•Working in partnership with two Kyrgyz NGOs – Associationof Parents of Disabled Children, Bishkek, and PublicAssociation “Shoola-Kol”, Issyk-Kul regionAim: To reach children living with mentaland physical disabilities and their familiesin order to provide information andsupport to prevent the children entering state-runinstitutions.
The project focuses on improving health and well-being of young children with disabilities between birth and 7 years and their parents. We provide good accessible information, community-based support services and emotional and practical support to new families of children with special needs. Achievements: HealthProm and its partners have worked together to establish two day centres and provide a minibus for outreach services. One of the main elements of this project has been changing the attitudes in the wider community towards children living with
An Early Years Support Centre service in Dushanbe This two year long project started in December 2009 Funded by the European CommissionThe project : Provides crisis support and short term accommodation for women and children at risk; Provides counselling and support to parents and awareness training for local administrators; Trains professionals in child care and early intervention.
New project started in January 2011Location: Talas region Our partners: Nur Bala, Association of Parents of Disabled Children (ARDI), Shoola-Kol Donor: ICCO Aim: to support children with severe and multiple intellectual disabilities and their families in Talas region through establishing and strengthening sustainable community-based support mechanisms in the region.
…based on the success of our current project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and will continue our partnership with ARDI in Bishkek and Shoola- Kol in Bokonbaevo. Through Nur Bala we will support 6 parents groups to become local Family Support Centres and will establish a regional network of parents groups that will give a voice to families of children with disabilities, with a specific focus on intellectual disabilities.
Reducing maternal and newborn deaths inCharharkint District, Northern AfghanistanPartners: Bakhtar Development NetworkProject activities: Recruiting and training community health workers to provide basic health care Raising awareness and improving quality of care in 10 poor villages Providing essential equipment and supplies, building premises for the health centre Providing motor transport for obstetric emergencies
The term “partnership” is used in a variety of ways and in different contexts.Most common definition:Partnership means a formal agreementbetween two or more parties thathave agreed to work together in thepursuit of common goals.
Create a bond of trust and demonstrate openness Work as a team Respect the organizational mission of each partner Respect the expectations and limits of each partner Share power, risks and responsibilities Encourage commitment and equal involvement from all partners
HealthProm has had partnerships with: Hospitals Local authorities (departments of health, etc) National and regional governments (Ministries) NGOs Universities and colleges Professional associations Individuals
Challenges Finding a good partner Building trust Changing environment (etc legal, funding etc) Language and cultural differences Working with a partner from a distance Limitations of various types of partners Sustainability
Opportunities Strong local NGOs Accessibility –internet, other technologies Change in partnership approach from international NGOs Funding requirements for partnerships Mutual interests
Invest in feasibility study and in finding a “good” partner Be clear about roles and responsibilities of each partner Equal partnership, no patronising please! You can learn a lot from partners Start working on sustainability of your partners and a project from the very beginning –do not leave to the end of the project
Risk assessment of the partnership before the start of the project/at the beginning Make clear the difference between “donor” and “partner” Respect the people you work with Don’t make assumptions Be sensitive cultural differences Don’t forget about partnerships with other similar international or European NGOs
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