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ACF Newsletter Q2 2013

ACF Newsletter Q2 2013

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Published by Kristine S Calleja
ACF Philippines Bulletin | 2nd Quarter 2013 issue | Theme: Partnerships

"Hunger is a complex global problem that no one can solve alone. Partnerships with a range of organizations at local, regional, national and international levels, from public to private and the civil society sectors, and across all our areas of intervention is essential in achieving our mission and realizing our vision of a world without hunger. It is indispensable in developing effective and sustainable solutions that tackle the causes and effects of malnutrition. It is the life blood of our organization." - Eric Fort, Country Director, ACF International Philippine Mission
ACF Philippines Bulletin | 2nd Quarter 2013 issue | Theme: Partnerships

"Hunger is a complex global problem that no one can solve alone. Partnerships with a range of organizations at local, regional, national and international levels, from public to private and the civil society sectors, and across all our areas of intervention is essential in achieving our mission and realizing our vision of a world without hunger. It is indispensable in developing effective and sustainable solutions that tackle the causes and effects of malnutrition. It is the life blood of our organization." - Eric Fort, Country Director, ACF International Philippine Mission

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ACF Philippines
 
Capital Ofce
 
Unit 2802, 28/F
 
88 Corporate Center Building
 
141 Sedeno Street, Salcedo Village
 
Maka City, 1227
 
Tel: (02) 840 1808 / 659 3598
 
Cotabato Base
 
2/F LBC Ofce Building
 
90 Quezon Avenue
 
corner Notre Dame Avenue
 
Cotabato City
 
Tel: (064) 421 6526 / 421 6347
 
Tagum Base
 
Door 1, Tevar Building, Manga District
 
Bgy Visayan Village, Tagum City
 
Tel: (084) 216 0539
 
 for inquiries, comments and contribuons, kindly email info@aclipinas.org
 
In this issue:
 
Standby Agreement:Crucial inEmergencies
1
 
Equipping consortiumpartners, LGUs
 
2
 
Building localcapacities in anemergency
3
 
Overcoming theChallenges of SustainingPartnerships
4
 
By Dr. Martin Parreno, Nutrition Coordinator
Emergencies are threats to public safety and health. Whenlocal government and emergency services are not able to
fulfill the immediate needs of the community, it’s a disaster.
Typhoon Bopha (locally known as Pablo) was the world’s deadliest storm in 2012 and the most powerful
typhoon that hit Southern Mindanao in over a hundred years. While support from the humanitarian communitycontinuously poured in, the funds and resources did not always meet the real needs of those affected. Thequick and suitable response from those who want to help is important to more effectively relieve the horribleaftermath of a disaster.
Standby Emergency Component
It once was difficult to implement a timely, adequate response program during emergencies because therewas no standby contingency fund for it.That was until ACF developed with the Spanish Cooperation in the Philippines through the Spanish Agency forInternational Development Cooperation (AECID) and UNICEF programs with standby emergency responsecomponents. These have allowed ACF to use a certain portion of the agreed budget for emergency response,upon activation. These save time as partner and donor no longer need to undergo the labor-intensive andtime-consuming process of developing a project proposal for funding.
WASH, Food Security and Nutrition in Emergencies
Through this scheme, the assessed immediate needs can be rapidly addressed. The decline of the
community’s situation can be prevented while early recovery and rehabilitation initiatives are planned.Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Food Security and Livelihood and Nutrition are ACF’s programs with
standby emergency agreements either with AECID or UNICEF. Preventing the deterioration of the generalpublic health, along with security and protection, are the primary concerns of these programs.WASH emergency response should be provided immediately. As construction of water and hygiene facilitiestakes time, the absence of an emergency fund further delays the response.Hygiene promotion and maintenance of water quality also pose a challenge. The lack of it will result inincreased mortality, particularly of the most vulnerable (e.g. children under five years of age).
2nd Quarter 2013
 
Volume 3, Issue 2
 
Standby Agreement:Standby Agreement: Crucial in EmergenciesCrucial in Emergencies
 
 
This is my last issue as editor of the ACFPhilippines Bulletin. After five excitingyears as Country Director of the PhilippineMission, I would, with a heavy heart, haveto bid you all goodbye. By July, as I takeover another ACF Mission, I will be handingover the reins of leadership of thePhilippine Mission to the new CountryDirector,
Javad Amoozegar
, who is
currently the mission’s Convenio
Coordinator and Cotabato Head of Base.Thus, allow me a little indulgence in thisissue to talk about what any leader wouldwish to be his or her legacy
partnerships
.Hunger is a complex global problem.Partnerships with organizations at local,regional, national and international levels,from public, private and civil societysectors, and across all areas of intervention is essential in achieving ourmission and realizing our vision of 
a worldwithout hunger
. Partnerships areindispensable in developing effective andsustainable solutions that tackle thecauses and effects of malnutrition.Partnerships are the life blood of ourorganization.In this issue, we look back at our variousengagements in the immediate aftermath
of Typhoon Bopha, the world’s deadlieststorm in 2012. We also take stock of ACF’s
efforts in evaluating the coverage of theintegrated management of acutemalnutrition in Central Mindanao with thehelp of local government partners.As much as I would like to claim that
building partnerships
for the mission ismy legacy, I simply cannot. I feel blessedthat in the last five years, I have beensurrounded by professionals who valuepartnerships as much as I do. I would liketo thank all of my colleagues in ACF,particularly those in the PhilippineMission, for supporting me in pursuingpartnerships built on trust, respect,inclusiveness and collective action. I wouldalso like to thank all our partners forhelping ACF translate these principles intoconcrete actions.
The silent emergency
Acute malnutrition is a silent emergency. Itoccurs when the interplay among the socialstructures is compromised. Damaged healthfacilities, the absence of a health staff andcommunity support group, low to absenceof funding for health, and lack of programsto manage malnutrition will result in poorhealth outcomes.Inadequate and inappropriate food aiddistribution and the lack of a livelihoodsupport program can threaten foodsecurity, leading to an increased risk inmalnutrition and illness.
Continued from page 1
Eric Fort,
Country Director
Editorial
In Davao Oriental, consortium partners Merlin UKand Save the Children International were the
implementing partners of ACF’s Integrated
Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM). Aspart of the consortium and the Nutrition Cluster,ACF joined in February 2013 as lecturer for theInpatient Therapeutic Program (ITP) training of 15 health center and hospital staff of the threemunicipalities hardest hit by typhoon Bopha inDavao Oriental.In Compostela Valley, five municipalitieshardest hit by Typhoon Bopha became the target
sites of ACF’s Nutrition intervention.
 The objectives of the project in were to detect,manage and prevent acute malnutrition amongpregnant and lactating women, and childrenunder five years old.Nutrition surveillance, which involves active andpassive nutrition screening, requires takinganthropometric measurements such as weight,height or length, mid-upper arm circumference(MUAC) and edema checks. At least 200community health workers (i.e. barangaynutrition scholars and barangay health workers)and health center staff were trained onmeasuring and classifying acute malnutritionaccording to the World Health Organization(WHO) 2006 standards.
By Dr. Sally Bataclan, Nutrition Head of Program, Compostela Valley
Leading knowledge and skills exchange
Equipping Consortium Partners, LGUs
ACF leads training on the Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition
Acute malnutrition remains unnoticed untilphysical evidences are obvious. By that time,death is already imminent.Efforts that can prevent and immediatelymanage existing acute malnutrition, and itshealth and mortality implications, can easilybe started when contingency plans such as thestandby emergency response agreement, arein place.
Note:
 ACF’s standby agreements with AECIDand UNICEF were activated for ACF’s
emergency response to Typhoon Bopha.
The IMAM’s Outpatient Therapeutic Program
(OTP) component attended to themanagement of Severe Acute Malnutrition(SAM) cases. OTP trainings were conductedfor 106 health center staff, composed of municipal health officers, public healthnurses and rural health midwives.Its ITP component addressed the managementof SAM cases with medical complications.Sixty-six health workers in two provincialhospitals
Montevista and Laak CompostelaValley Provincial Hospitals
and one non-residential inpatient facility
in theCompostela Rural Health Unit
benefited fromthe ITP training.
For IMAM’s community mobilization
component, an IMAM orientation, aside fromorganizing community health workers, wasconducted for community leaders in the fivesites, such as the municipal councilors forhealth, barangay captains, leaders of theindigenous people and representatives of theCouncil of Women. The beneficiaries at the10 Parent- and Baby-Friendly Spaces werealso informed about malnutrition and IMAM,and were taught how to perform MUACscreening.
Partnerships areindispensable indeveloping effectiveand sustainablesolutions that tacklethe causes andeffects of malnutrition.
 
By Vangie Razon, Sub-Base Admin, Bislig, andNor Bago, Emergency WASH & DRR Head of Program
ACF was one of theinternational non-government organizations(INGOs) that responded tothe disaster zones in Lingig,Surigao del Sur after
typhoon Bopha’s wrath.
Aside from the timely provision and delivery of goods, of major concern was the
lack of cleanwater, basic sanitation
and
good hygiene
.ACF, through its Water, Sanitation and Hygiene(WASH) Program, highlights these three areas inthe fight against malnutrition. The lack of these, especially during emergencies, spreadsdiseases that could lead to an increase inmalnutrition and mortality rates.
Lola Valentina and her neighbors fetch clean water at a community water tap stand in Bgy. Palo Alto,Lingig, Surigao del SurClean water
The WASH Bislig Team first
responded to the community’s
immediate need for clean andpotable water, and distributed4,350 hygiene and water kits.Six of the 18 barangays wereprovided with potable water supplyvia community water pointsconstructed at convenient locationsin the villages. These water pointsimmediately reduced the walkingtime and distance endured by theresidents of Barangays Mansa-ilao,Pagtilaaan, Mandus, Palo-alto, SanRoque, and Barcelona in collectingwater.
Basic sanitation
Historically, diarrhea was the most prevalentand problematic disease in Lingig. Diarrhealdiseases can be prevented through effectivesanitation and improved hygiene practices.As part of the WASH program, the barangayshad sessions on good hygiene behavior. Themost important and life-saving hygienepractice is hand washing at critical times (i.e.
ACF distributes water and hygiene kits to the TyphoonBopha-affected families in Lingig
Building local capacitiesBuilding local capacitiesin an emergencyin an emergency
ACF constructs a community latrine with the help of villagers in Lingig, Surigao del Sur
after defecation and beforeeating). Hand washing, evenonly at critical times, canreduce the incidence of diarrheal diseases by 40%.As is common in Lingig, almosteveryone defecated in openspaces. Semi-permanentlatrines were built in thebarangays as part of ACF WASHprojects.
Sustaining the new behavior
Much was expected from theproject. However, the teamfaced numerous setbacks alongthe way, such as logisticalconcerns that prevented theprompt delivery of constructionmaterials and rehabilitation of the area.Yet a more pressing issue was how to
sustain the communities’ new hygiene
behaviour, so that they will not returnto their unsafe hygiene practices.
ACF’s ―hands
-
on‖ strategy was a good
way to reinforce it. Despite thechallenges that confronted the team,ACF successfully executed the WASHprogram to the communities by havingthe locals as part of the planning,implementation and monitoring of theproject. This was demonstrated by theMemorandum of Understanding (MOU)inked between ACF and the localgovernment unit (LGU) partners.Local materials were used whenappropriate and available, giving localsuppliers a chance to recover. This levelof community engagement is notunusual, as there is always a real needfor these services and the communityinvolvement and participation is greatlyappreciated.While local partners are indeedinstrumental to the success of implementing such a project, their in-depth technical, communitymobilization and hygiene promotionskills need improvement. Therefore, ACF hascommitted to continue mentoring the LGUs forsustainability.
It is now the locals’ turn to do their part, so
that Water, Sanitation and Hygiene capacitieswill be preserved and not forgotten, not onlyduring emergencies but everyday. After all,from clean water springs forth a healthy nation.
ACF successfullyexecuted the WASHprogram to thecommunities byhaving the locals aspart of the planning,implementation andmonitoring of theproject.

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