Multi-Purpose Health Trip held in F. Feeali, 2012

NARRATIVE REPORT

1.     Summary

The activity was conducted through an initiation by F. Feeali Development Society (FDS). As in other Multi-Purpose Health Trips, this trip also included the provision of doctor consultation services along with awareness sessions and thalassaemia screening services.

2.     Activity Details

I.            Travelling, Food and Accommodation

Travel to the island was arranged by SHE and was done via launch. It took around 2 hours 30 minutes to reach the island from Male’. However, as the sea was very rough during the return trip, it took around 3 hours to reach Male’.

e travel arrangement for the trip was arranged by SHE and the Food and Accommodation was provided by FDS.

Food and accommodation during the trip was arranged by FDS. The meal times were communicated with FDS prior to traveling and it was arranged accordingly.

Members of FDS were at the jetty of Feeali to receive the team from SHE on arrival to the island. The accommodation arrangements were made well and all team members were comfortable with it. The team stayed in different rooms located in different parts of the island. However, this did not cause any difficulties for the team in communicating with each other or meeting up for sessions or meals.

 II.            Awareness Sessions

A prior session schedule was developed and shared with all the team members and the organizers from Feeali.  The sessions were held starting from Thursday night. The topics covered were as follows.

–          Unsafe abortion

–           STIs

–           Family Planning

–          Parenting

–          Personal Hygiene

–          Gender Based Violence

–          Life skills

–          Nutrition

–          Thalassaemia

–          Growing up

Session on Gender Based Violence

The GBV session was conducted for 8 girls of age 18 and above an was facilitated by Thoma Abdul Samad from the counseling and psychosocial services of SHE. Following is what was discussed in the session.

–          In-depth and accurate information about GBV

–           life skills and contribute to behavior change through self-awareness

–          Prevent violence from happening by challenging the attitudes and behaviors which foster it

–          Learning to use techniques such as becoming more assertive to feel strengthened to take control over own life.

Apart from this, a 1 hour session on GBV was also taken for the students of grade 10.

Sessions on Parenting

The session was conducted for parents and was facilitated by Aminath Waheedha, a volunteer of SHE and Iyasha Leena from the counseling and psychosocial services. Following is what was discussed in the session

Through group activities, information was provided for parents on understanding the changes that occur in adolescents. Also, a group activity was done to identify the needs of children, whether our expectations from them are realistic and what challenges they face in raising children. Discussions were also done on the importance of identifying the underlying feelings when they are angry and finding help for own self so that their children can be safe and secure. Information was also provided on how to communicate effectively when they are having a problem with their child’s behavior.

Information session on Nutrition

The session was facilitated by Shiyama Anwar from the counseling and psychosocial services and Aminath Mohamed, a volunteer of SHE. The session was held for students of grades 7, 8 and 9. They were provided information on the importance of nutritious foods and why they need to cultivate the right eating habits. They were also provided information on the types of healthy food to help them understand what to eat at every meal to meet the proper nutritious requirement.

For the students of grades 8 and 9, a taste testing activity was also conducted where the students made various nutritious drinks from different fruits and vegetables that they brought to school.

Through a quiz, information was also provided to students on what foods belong to which nutrition group.

Session for Students on Puberty, HIV/STIs, personal Hygiene and Growing up

This session was conducted for students of grades 7, 8 and 9 and was facilitated by Nashidha Sobry and Azlifa from the . Information was provided to them on what HIV/STIs were and how it could be transmitted. Also, information was provided on how a good personal hygiene could be maintained and the health effects of personal hygiene.

Session for adults on STIs, Unsafe abortion and Family Planning

The session was conducted for adults and was facilitated by Mariyam Huda, Nashidha Sobry and Fathimath Naila. Through these sessions, the participants were informed of the importance of sexuality and reproductive health for women, family and community as a whole.

Under the topic of unsafe abortion, the participants were provided information on what unsafe abortion were its effects and consequences. Along with this, statistics on unsafe abortion was also provided.

Under the topic of family planning, the participants were explained in detail each family planning methods, including its effects and how certain method functions.

Through the session on HIV/STIs, the participants were provided information such as what STIs are, symptoms of an STI and how it could be transmitted.

Information session on Thalassaemia

The information sessions on thalassaemia were conducted for students and adults and was facilitated by Mariya Saeed and Asha Abdul Kareem from the Thalassaemia Diagnostic Services of SHE. Information was provided on components such as what thalassaemia was, treatment methods, different types of thalassaemia and symptoms of a thalassaemia major. Statistics on the incidence of thalassaemia was also shared with the participants.

Sessions on Life Skills

The sessions were conducted over 2 days for the students of grade 10. The topics covered were Communication, Assertiveness and Self-Esteem and was facilitated by Mariyam Saamira from the Counseling and Psychosocial Services of SHE. The Sessions were conducted in an interactive manner through group activities, role-plays, brainstorming and group presentations.  Energizers and Icebreakers were linked to each session as part of the learning.

3.     Doctor Consultation and Thalassaemia Screening Service

Doctor consultation was provided by a pediatric doctor, Dr. Niyasha and a Medical Officer, Dr. Ramsha. It Consultations took place at the Feeali Health Centre from Thursday night till Saturday afternoon. Although the service was open for the whole community free of charge, only a few people visited.

Thalassaemia screening service was provided from 1430 – 1530 on 14 January 2012. During this time, no one was screened.

4.     Media

A media briefing was developed and sent to VTV, DhiTV and MNBC. It was aired during the news on 13 January 2012.

5.     Constraints

Due to a delay by FDS in obtaining the approvals from the health centre, difficulties were faced in obtaining the final approval from the Ministry of Health.

 6.     Feedback

I.            Total number of participants in sessions

Session

Male

Female

Total

Life Skills Session

22

9

31

Unsafe Abortion and EC-Pills

10

5

15

Thalassaemia and SRH session

7

10

17

Session for students of grade 9

19

7

26

Session for students of grade 7

8

9

17

Session for students of grade 8

8

4

12

Parenting session

0

12

12

Unsafe Abortion and SRH for women

0

19

19

Unsafe abortion information in session for Parents

1

17

18

SRH information session in GBV session

0

8

8

Session on Gender Based Violence

0

8

8

 

Doctor consultation

Male

Female

Total

Pediatrics

11

19

30

Medical Officer

4

5

9

 II.            Sessions for students

i.      How useful was the information discussed?

Topic

Very Useful

Somewhat Useful

Not Useful

Nutrition

36

12

2

Growing Up

26

3

0

Personal Hygiene

40

5

3

STIs

28

3

0

Thalassaemia

43

3

3

ii.      How do you feel about the way the information was presented?

Very Interesting

42 students

Satisfactory

3 students

Not Interesting

4 students

iii.      Would you use the acquired knowledge in your real life?

Mostly

35 students

Sometimes

13 students

Not at all

3 students

iv.      If you get a chance, would you join a similar discussion?

Yes

41 students

No

8 students

  III.            Session on Life Skills

i.      How useful was the information discussed?

Very useful

20 students

Somewhat useful

0 students

Not useful

0 students

ii.      How do you feel about the way the information was presented?

Very interesting

17 students

Satisfactory

3 students

Not Interesting

0 student

 iii.      Would you use the acquired knowledge in you real life?

Mostly

16 students

Sometimes

4 students

Not at all

0 students

 iv.      If you get a chance, would you join another similar discussion?

Yes

18 students

No

2 students

   IV.            Parenting

i.      How useful was the information discussed?

Very useful

9 students

Somewhat useful

3 students

Not useful

0 students

ii.      How do you feel about the way the information was presented?

 

Very interesting

5 students

Satisfactory

8 students

Not Interesting

0 students

iii.      If you get a chance, would you join a similar discussion?

 

Yes

12 students

No

0 students

7.     Way Forward

  • Re assure safety personal hygiene of accommodation for the team members travelling from SHE during their stay at the island.
  • It is recommended to contact directly with the relevant school or other agency by SHE to avoid any unnecessary delays.
  • More marketing of the event has to be done to gain full support of potential participants.
  • It is recommended that the resource personnel meet with the organizers from the island to make them understand the importance of such events and thus, enable them to persuade more people to seek the services provided during the trip.
  • Collaborate with committees such as Women’s Development Committees when conducting trips as they would be more persuasive in getting people to participate in the activities conducted during the trip.
  • It is also suggested to get an endorsement letter from the NGO from collaborating islands to ensure their commitment throughout the event.
  • Develop an in-house feedback form to get the feedback of the activity from the team members from SHE.

 8.     Annexes

 I.            Team List

  Name Department Tasks Allocated
Project Coordinator Aishath Nuzuha Programme Coordination
Team Member Shiyama Anwar Counseling and Psychosocial Services Facilitation
Team Member Thoma Abdul Samad Counseling and Psychosocial Services Facilitation
Team Member Iyasha Leena Counseling and Psychosocial Services Facilitation
Team Member Saamira Counseling and Psychosocial Services Facilitation
Team Member Aminath Waheedha Volunteer Facilitation
Team Member Aminath Mohamed Member Facilitation
Team Member Mariya Saeed Thalassaemia Diagnostic Services Facilitation
Team Member Asha Abdul Kareem Thalassaemia Diagnostic Services Facilitation
Team Member Mariyam Huda Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Facilitation
Team Member Nashida Sobry Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Facilitation
Team Member Azlifa Sexual and Reproductive Health Services Facilitation
Team Member Dr. Niyasha Ibrahim Member Doctor Consultation
Team Member Dr. Aminath Ramsha Volunteer Doctor Consultation

 

 FINANCIAL REPORT

No.

Detail

Allocated Budget in APB (MRF)

Estimated Budget (MRF)

Actual (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reason for Variance

 

SHE

IPPF

Other

1

Resource personnel

 

Doctors

5,000.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

5000.00

 

Members/Volunteers

nil

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

 

Lab Technologist

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

 

Counselors

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

 

Identifying target groups within the island (focal contacts)

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

2

Transportation

 

Launch

35,000.00

18000.00

16695.00

7155.00

00.00

11150.00

 

Pickup

300.00

200.00

56.00

24.00

00.00

220.00

 

Taxi

240.00

100.00

133.00

57.00

00.00

50.00

 

Transport in the island

500.00

500.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

500.00

3

Food

8,400.00

8,400.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

8400.00

4

Accommodation

6,000.00

6,000.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

6000.00

5

Stationery

1,500.00

500.00

280.37

00.00

00.00

1219.63

6

Material Development (evaluation forms, leaflets, resource materials…etc)

5,000.00

1000.00

707.34

00.00

00.00

4292.66

7

Miscellaneous

1,000.00

00.00

110.00

00.00

00.00

890.00

8

Media

1,000.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

1000.00

 

Total

63,940.00

34700.00

17981.71

7236.00

00.00

12543.76

 

 

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