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Review of 2013

17 Dec 2013 VariousVarious
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For Terre des hommes (Tdh), 2013 has been a year rich in activities. Our Foundation has been involved in several emergency interventions and has set up numerous promising programmes. Here is a selection of the year’s highlights.

Data processing for diagnosis in Burkina Faso

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Terre des hommes has set up the ‘electronic consultation register’ (ECR), an innovative computer programme which makes full medical diagnosis easy and which respects the IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness) protocol of the WHO. Simple to use, this tool furnishes a diagnosis according to the data collected (symptoms, age, weight, etc.): a ‘step by step’ approach that saves nursing personnel having to do complicated calculations and burdensome administrative work.

Approved and supported by the WHO, this software is very promising. It is particularly well adapted to nursing staff who are often ill-trained in IMCI protocols and it has a high potential for development. The ECR is already in use in 75 health centres in Burkina Faso.

Terre des hommes’ new Director General

A major event this year was our welcoming of a new Director General, Vito Angelillo, who took office on December 1st, 2012. With an engineering background, he has worked both in the humanitarian sector – notably in Niger – and in the social sector as director in charge of the integration policies of the General Directorate of Social Welfare of the State of Geneva; a rich career path marked by the fight against injustice which brought him to Terre des hommes.

After making the rounds of projects on the ground, Vito quickly took over his position with passion and commitment.

Terre des hommes intensifies its intervention in Mali

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A poverty-ridden country, regularly struck by food crises, Mali has seen the living conditions of its people deteriorate even further due to the conflicts raging in the north and centre of the land. Many families have left the conflict zones to flee to other areas in Mali or to move into the refugee camps in Mauritania and Burkina Faso.

Tdh has opened an operational base in Segou to bring help to the internally displaced population. Our Foundation supports healthcare centres, improves access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and collaborates with the state services to strengthen child protection mechanisms.

Tdh also helps youngsters in the refugee camps in Burkina Faso, where it has set up a programme for child protection offering school, psychosocial and health support, as well as recreational activities.

When the elements are unleashed

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The largest natural disaster Terre des hommes had to confront this year was the typhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines with an intensity seldom seen before. The extent of the damage made it extremely difficult for help and humanitarian aid to get access to the area.

Our Foundation reacted quickly by setting up emergency action targeting the immediate requirements of more than 20,000 people in the east of the Samar Island. In the programme are the distribution of urgent supplies and materials to make emergency shelters (tarpaulins, corrugated iron, tools, etc.) as well as the restoration of water systems and sanitation; this operation is still in progress at present.

The drama in Syria is a core concern

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After two years of murderous civil war, the situation in Syria is more than ever alarming. 2013 saw an unprecedented flood of refugees heading to destinations in the region. Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt took in contingents of Syrian refugees that rose to more than 2 million by the end of this year. Half of them are children, many of them unaccompanied.

The situation in these host countries is extremely worrying. State services are overwhelmed; financial and logistic means are insufficient; shortages are felt in matters of healthcare, education and jobs. Poverty, precarious living conditions and insecurity are the fate of many Syrian refugees and equally affect the host communities.

At the end of September, Terre des hommes launched an appeal for donations to support its aid programmes for refugees. In the EJC (Emirates Jordan Camp) in Jordan and in the southern regions of Lebanon, our Foundation runs projects for the distribution of emergency supplies (mattresses, hygiene kits, clothing, etc.) and offers psychosocial and recreational activities to the youngsters, with the aim of strengthening their protection and improving their psychosocial wellbeing.

With the arrival of winter and the drop in media and political interest, the Syrian children and their families are more than ever in need of support from the international community and civil society.

Exploitation, this year’s flagship

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The theme of child exploitation has been especially highlighted this year. The phenomenon of children exploitation is still widespread throughout the world, as shown by the most recent statistics by the International Labour Organization. There are nearly 168 million working children, of whom 85 million work under conditions that put their physical, psychological or moral wellbeing at risk.

Terre des hommes runs practical projects on the ground to fight the scourge and protect the victims: children working as domestic servants (Haiti, Morocco, and Mauritania), children in gold mines and stone quarries (Burkina Faso), sexually exploited children (Colombia) and many, many others.

Our Foundation has devoted a campaign for fundraising and awareness-making to this theme, around ‘Sunita’, a symbol of exploited children throughout the world. This finished up with the sale of a T-shirt ‘Made for Sunita’, in partnership with Switcher, making it possible to show one’s solidarity with exploited youngsters and to support the projects of Terre des hommes. The various models are still on sale, and would make a great present whilst supporting our fight!

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