Afar Pastoralist Development Association (ADPA)

Pastoralist Women’s

Within APDA, women extension workers are literate Afar women who are trained according to an agreed curriculum using an APDA – written training manual. Their training is upgraded annually and they are empowered to be agents of developmental change within the community they come from on:

  • Hygiene and environmental sanitation
  • Good nutrition
  • Disease transmission prevention
  • Safe motherhood and care of the young infant
  • Community response to HIV & AIDS
  • Response to traditional practices harming women including FGM and enforced traditions in marriage

To achieve the above, she is equipped with:

  • A cooking pot and 100 kilograms of lentils per year to demonstrate to the community for iron enrichment
  • Soap to sell to the community at cost price
  • Mosquito nets to sell to the community
  • Awareness – raising booklets and posters
  • Delivery sets for each delivery in the community that she gives to the traditional birth attendant

She is trained to:

  • Mobilize the community particularly women and children and run meetings
  • Conduct rapid nutrition assessment
  • Counsel women on issues related to HIV and/ or marriage problems
  • Train traditional birth attendants and monitor their activities including undertaking antenatal and postnatal checking with them
  • Assist in and advise women’s income generating cooperatives

Many of them teach basic literacy to women and children to encourage them to join with the community teaching being conducted by the mobile teacher.

Like the health workers, each women extension worker is expected to go around each of the households in her community at least once per month visiting and assisting a minimum of 120 women per month. She must give particular attention to pregnant and newly delivered mothers as well as collecting information on disease surveillance.

Relationship within the community development team

Women extension workers interact with the community teacher and the mobileprimary health worker, planning together and complementing each other’s work. The women extension worker mobilizes females for education and refers any people she finds requiring medical treatment to the health worker. She also mobilizes girls and women for education.

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