IPPF Access Team visit to Maldives, 2011

NARRATIVE REPORT

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) South Asia Regional (SAR) meetings for the year 2011 were held in Maldives from 26th till 30th of July 2011. Participants from all member associations along with representatives from other IPPF regional offices also attended these meetings.

1.    Activity Details

Prior to the commencement of the regional meetings it was communicated between the Access Focal Points from IPPFSARO and SHE Maldives on what activities can be conducted by utilizing the opportunity of representatives from IPPF being present in Maldives.

a)   Meeting with Humanitarian Organizations.

A meeting was held with Mr. Nguyen Toan Tran, the Global Medical Advisor from IPPF central office, and some of the humanitarian organizations in Maldives. The meeting was conducted on the 28th of July 2011, at SHE building 2nd floor from 13.30 pm till 15.00 pm.

The main objective of this meeting was to initiate and build a platform for the integration of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) into humanitarian settings. IPPF has been working in the integration of SRH into the wider humanitarian relief effort. The main objective of this programme is to increase regional capacity to co-ordinate and implement the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for SRH, support advocacy to governments and organizations to integrate SRH into their emergency response plans.

Representatives from 2 organizations attended this meeting; i.e. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Maldives Red Crescent (MRC). Invitation was also sent to the National Disaster management centre (NDMC). However, they were unable to participate in the meeting.

It was discussed in the meeting to:

  • Include government officials such as Centre for Community Health and Disease Control and Ministry of Health and Family within the loop of the workgroup network.
  • Advocate relevant stakeholders on the MISP and the SRH and humanitarian work integration project.
  • Build the capacity of relevant officials from humanitarian organizations on MISP.

b)  Field visit to F. Feeali

A field visit was made to F. Feeali, on the 29th of July 2011 by IPPF SARO and SHE. The main objective for carrying out this activity was to

  • Identify the existing SRH services available in the island communities
  • Identify the accessibility of services to the poor marginalized and socially excluded communities.
  • Assess the difficulties that are faced in carrying out the outreach activities
  • Gain the support of the community based organizations and other small non- governmental organizations.

After a thorough, though short discussion with the representatives from different offices / organizations of the community it the following things were observed.

  • The effect on the island level health services due to the decentralization of the country health sector
  • Though there are health centers in each island, adequate number of services is not provided.
  • There are many number of health workers who are out of jobs due to the new health system.

 2.     Constraints

  • As the time of the visit from IPPF SARO team coincided with the festive atmosphere of Independence Day and Ramadan there was much difficulty in getting a positive response from the islands.
  • The duration of travel to / from F. Feeali is 3 hours by speed boat. Therefore, not much time was available for observation and meetings.
  • The language barrier between the IPPF officials and the locals; though they understood what was being asked of them, there was a difficulty in expressing their concerns. Thus, a major amount of time was lost in the translations.

 3.     Recommendations

  • SHE must take the opportunity to provide services to the isolated communities where SRH services are currently not being provided by the government.
  • Strengthen the relationship between the relevant stakeholders to further enhance the outcome of implementation/ productivity

 4.     Way Forward

  • Conduct an assessment on the availability of SRH services at island community levels.
  • Utilize the health workers available from the island communities as outreach workers.
  • Formation of a workgroup to initiate the integration of SRH into Humanitarian work.

 

FINANCIAL REPORT

No

Detail

Allocated Budget in APB 2010 (MRF)

Estimated Budget (MRF)

Actual (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reasons for Variance
 

SHE

IPPF

Other

 

1

Transportation

1.1

Speed Boat

00.00

25,000.00

00.00

22,800.00

00.00

2,200.00

There was a decrease in the number of trips made.

1.2

Taxi Fare (Van)/ Ferry

00.00

500.00

00.00

130.00

00.00

370.00

Cost is incurred for the taxi and ferry charges only. Van charges were not required as the number of people reduced to 3 people from IPPF SARO

2

Food / lunch

00.00

2,000.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

2,000.00

No cost was incurred as lunch and tea was arranged by the NGO from islands

3

Miscellaneous

00.00

1000.00

00.00

00.00

00.00

1,000.00

No other cost was incurred.

 

Total

00.00

28,500.00

00.00

22,930.00

00.00

5,570.00

 

 

 

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