Mobile basic health care & awareness programme
Due to the particular requirements of the Afar nomads, our health care and awareness programmes are organized on a mobile basis: over 150,000 persons in the districts of Awra, Uwwa, Chifra, Gewaane, Gala’alu and Eli Da’ar, many of whom have never had access to any form of medical care before, profit from the selfless devotion of our mobile health workers and our traditional birth attendants, all of whom are members of the various Afar clans.
Simple treatments are carried out in situ. Severely ill patients are transported to the nearest hospital (which is often quite far away) in our SONNE ambulance car. Particular care is paid to pregnant women and young mothers. Basic prophylactic, hygienic and sanitary measures as well as health awareness programmes that lead to the introduction of very simple methods (the use of soap and mosquito nets, the boiling of water) have produced amazing results! The practice of FGM (female genital mutilation) has not been eradicated completely yet, but awareness has increased – and we will do our utmost to put an end to this inhuman archaic tradition!
Sustainable famine relief – goats for families in need
In order to alleviate the aftermath of several terrible droughts in recent years, SONNE-International supplied hundreds of suffering families in the northern Afar Region with small herds of up to ten goats in early 2018.