Overview

 

 The Health, Development and Anti-Malaria Association/HDAMA/ was established on August 23, 1998 by volunteers who were deeply concerned about the increasing problem of malaria as well as  its high morbidity & mortality rates in Ethiopia.  The Association was officially registered as an indigenous NGO on January 29, 1999 and as an Ethiopian Resident Charity Organization on November 5, 2009 in accordance with the Charities and Societies Proclamation no. 621/2009.

VISION: To see a healthy society with sufficient livelihood opportunities and safer environment

 MISSION: To work with key stakeholders and the community in identifying needs and providing supports and services, focusing on the most vulnerable, to eliminate malaria; prevent and control the spread and reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS; prevent major communicable diseases; improve adolescent, reproductive, maternal and child health and wellbeing and promoting environmental friendly practices to prevent climate change and vulnerability.

MAJOR PROGRAMMATIC COMPONENTS: malaria prevention control and elimination, HIV/AIDS prevention and control, reproductive health services promotion, climate and health, environmental health, girls support and neglected tropical diseases

 

CONSTITUENCY: HDAMA is members based Association. Members are the integral organizational constituents and volunteer have been backbones in all the previous works of the Association. During the last seventeen years, the Association mobilized more than 46,375 volunteers. Currently, 1988 and 1955 active volunteers and members respectively are providing a range of services through the HDAMA structure.

GOVERNANCE: The General Assembly is the highest authoritative body of HDAMA. It comprises all members or elected representatives of members and it is the ultimate decision making body that approves the organization’s polices, strategies, annual budget and work plan, and elects the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors consists of seven elected members and has the mandate to oversee the overall performance of the secretariat and appoints the Executive Director.

MANAGEMENT AND STRUCTURE: The secretariat is headed by the Executive Director who reports to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director has leadership, managerial and strategic role, and guides the day-to-day functions of the organization. HDAMA secretariat structured with different departments at national level and branch offices at regional, zonal and district level. The association has been operating in 6 regions, 10 zones, and 33 districts and town administrations.

RECOGNITION: During the last seventeen years HDAMA has been implementing a range of health and development projects under its core strategic areas of intervention that saved lives, protected health and improved the living conditions of hundreds thousands of the needy population. The contribution and the record achievements of HDAMA are widely known by communities, the government, partners and the general public at large. For our significant contributions in the health sector, the Amhara Regional Health Bureau awarded us with a gold medal and special best performance recognition certificate.

PARTNERS: USAID, UNFPA, PSI, REE, PiHA, WHO, UNICEF, CCRDA, SDSU, GOLMATEXAS, FOCASSA, APPHASS, fhi360, Rotary clubs, the Japanese embassy, Canadian embassy, and individuals, families, Community Based Associations, government and Non-Governmental Organizations.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: HDAMA has remarkable accomplishments on a range of projects through the major programmatic areas:

·          * More than 1,464 orphan and vulnerable children are supported. Majority has successfully completed their schooling up to university level some are on the pipe line. We are proud with our graduate accountants, engineers, and health and social professionals whose life have changed and are contributing to the development endeavors of the country in different sectors.

·        * Disseminating various health information, education and communication/behavior change communication messages directly to more than 5 million people including trainings, community conversation, peer education, leaflets, brochures, posters and educational films and audio cassettes.

·         * It is a pioneer association that identifies the vulnerability and risk to HIV/AIDS and STIs of commercial sex workers. As a result, we have educated and supported them to explore other businesses through trainings and seed capital we provided.

·         * Constructed hands dug wells, developed springs, constructed foot bridges and community latrines especially around churches and schools before the health extension program was launched.

·         * Constructed youth centers, established income generating facilities for orphan and vulnerable youths where they can obtain information on sexual and reproductive health matters in addition to the income they generate to sustain themselves.

·             * Pioneer to create a forum on the impact of climate change/variability on health especially on malaria and hence initiated an early warning system developed for malaria in partnership with renowned international institutions in selected five regions.

·               * Provided medical equipment and materials to Government health institutions.

 

CURRENT PROJECTS

Project_1. School community and faith based organizations awareness rising and behavioral change communication to reduce the malaria Burden in the Amhara: Regional State of Ethiopia project in partnership with PMI/USAID. The general objective of the three years project is to lead to social behavior change that will increase access to, adherence to and use of malaria interventions in the target districts. So far, we have trained students, teachers, and health extension workers, religious leaders, in two zones, five districts, 122 Kebeles, and 125 schools as strategy to bring about appropriate behavioral change in communities through peer education. In doing so, we reached more than 85% of the community in the selected woredas through key essential malaria action messages.

Project_2. The Epidemic Prognosis Incorporating Disease and Environmental Monitoring for Integrated Assessment (EPIDEMIA) Project in partnership with SDSU. The goal is to develop an integrated disease forecasting approach that combines early warning and early detection for accurate predictions that are more useful to public health decision makers. HDAMA has been collecting historical surveillance and prevention data for the system design. Scientists at the South Dakota State University in their part collect satellite based   environmental data which in the end will help us to have a functional and close to reality integrated disease forecasting system. Currently the system design is finalized and the forecasting is about to begin.

Project_3. Care and Support to Orphan and Vulnerable Children in partnership with PIHA, UNFPA, GOLMATEXAS, FOCASSA, APPHASS, Individuals and Families. The care and support to orphan and vulnerable children is being offered through hostel based and foster based approaches. Currently 37 and 29 children are being supported through group homes and fostered approach.

Project_4. The Multipurpose Medical Center/Health Centre Project. Almost all preventive and curative health services are being provided in the center. The construction as well as the first years running costs was covered by Regards Des Enfants D’Ethiopie, the Luxembourg government and from the contribution of HDAMA. Currently, an average of 125 clients per week is visiting the health center for different health services.

Project _5. Integrated Approach in Reducing the Exposure to and the Impact of Reproductive Health Problems and HIV/AIDS: Awareness Raising, Improving Access and Utilization of SRH Services (in partnership with UNFPA). The objective of this project is to increase the KAP of commercial sex workers towards reducing new HIV and other STIs infection in the selected towns of this project and increase the knowledge, attitude and practice of comprehensive sexuality education so that new HIV and other STI infections are reduced, early sexual debut is delayed, unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortion are avoided among in school young people. Moreover, vulnerability and risk to HIV/AIDS and STIs among orphan and vulnerable adolescent girls will be reduced through the care and support provided in this project. So far, we have trained 64 peer leaders of commercial sex workers and 664 student peer leaders, also we have reached more than 750 commercial sex workers and more than 7,900 students, support school mini media clubs, disseminated key comprehensive sexuality education messages through literature competitions, print and distribute 12500 leaflets. This will ultimately contribute to the reduction of new HIV infection and various psycho social problems among students.

Project_ 6. The MULU/MARPs HIV Prevention Project in partnership with PSI Ethiopia. The general objective/goal of this project is to contribute to the national target of reducing new HIV infections by 50% by 2016. With this project, more than 5,000 commercial sex workers and their clients, significant number of waitresses have been trained and supported to bring behavior change through one to one and peer education, community wide events and a variety of IEC/BCC materials that were produced and distributed to the target community. These integrated Social behavior change communication interventions is helping the commercial sex workers, clients, waitresses and other target populations to use clinical services related to HIV/AIDS and STIs.

 

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

Through enhanced and strengthen  partnership/networking with community it has worked for and with and pertinent stakeholders the associations is committed to contribute towards improving the health and living conditions of the most vulnerable communities in Ethiopia. To this end, HDAMA will focus and execute around the following three pillars: decentralized capacity building, expanding and deepening health and development intervention projects to scale and working towards self-reliance.