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Ambulance Services

Aamin Ambulance is a 24 hour, free ambulance service in Mogadishu – the only one of its kind Aamin Ambulance was founded by a dentist called Dr .Abdulkadir Abdirahman Aden, who returned to Somalia during the war in 2006 to find no health services. Aamin Ambulance was co-founded by an economist called Mr. Mohamed Farah, who worked with humanitarian agencies and public sector. Dr. Abdulkadir was inspired by Abdul Sattar Edhi, the founder of Edhi Ambulances in Pakistan.

Since then, the team has grown to 35 nurses, paramedics and drivers Until 2017, Ambulance Service was part of AAMIN ORGANIZATION (formerly known as Aamin Voluntary and Relief Organization (AVRO), a registered civil society non-profit organization providing Health, Education (providing community training for the youth such carpentry, mobile repair, and tailoring workshops & rehabilitation of public schools), Job Placement/Employment, & Food Security and Livelihood. In 2017, the Board of Directors (BoD) decided to de-link AAMIN Ambulance from AAMIN Organization, but still under the umbrella of AAMIN ORGANIZATION.

AAMIN is registered as AAMIN Ambulance and is an independent entity under the supervision of the Board of Directors and has its own Director and management staff with an expanded role that included community prevention, response and recovery.

The operational capacity of AAMIN AMBULANCE is LOW. Their ambulances are 20 years old and they have little functioning medical equipment. None of the Aamin Ambulances are equipped and personnel have a low level of training in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS). The provision of basic training and equipment will therefore have a significant increase in the operational capacity of Aamin to respond to incidents.

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We believe that good nutrition is one of the key foundations for the development of a healthy, productive population. Good nutrition among the marginalized people in the community leads to better short and long term health and with it comes other benefits like education as children are able to stay in School. Economic benefits also accrue as the working population is able to remain productive.

AAMIN has developed a Nutrition Work Plan that has shaped some of the activities and initiatives we have ongoing in the country. The idea has been to contribute to the overall improvement of the status of Somali population especially the dietary diversity, feeding practices for infants and young children, maternal feeding practices and education on nutrition.
Aamin is achieving this by:

Research on the nutrition needs of the  Somali population in order to develop lasting solutions to address them.

Training affected communities on nutrition awareness in order to live more consciously with regard to their nutritional Distribution of de-worming solutions to communities in affected areas

Distribution of general food items to affected communities in Somalia.

Our interventions reflect universally accepted best practice and evidence-based programming. However, not all interventions proven effective in addressing malnutrition (The Lancet series on Maternal and Child Undernutrition) are feasible in the Somali context where the volatile environment, low access, weak infrastructure and legislative framework are major constraints. Therefore, our strategy aims to prioritize and adapt what is proven effective, with what is viable in the context.

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Education & Training

The impact of state failure on human development in Somalia has been profound, resulting in the collapse of political institutions, the destruction of social and economic infrastructure, and massive internal and external migrations. This is more pronounced in Central South Somalia where intermittent conflicts continue to destroy what has been left.

In partnership with donor organizations, AAMIN is provided vocational training to marginalized groups in Somalia. The programs are coordinated by the AAMIN staff on need basis based on availability of funds.
In the long run, AAMIN is working on a long term approach which combines the following key interventions to achieve success:

Offering scholarships to needy students in universities.

Monthly training forums targeting

marginalized groups in our areas of intervention.

Capacity strengthening for local institutions offering vocational trainings.

Design of a training curriculum for vocational training for use in Somalia

Policy interventions through lobbying in the Ministry of Education and Youth.

Entrepreneurship training to marginalized groups.

Linking vocational training with peace and reconstruction in-order to have a greater impact.

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Shelter Improvement

One of the most visible ways in which rural poverty is manifested is poor shelter. In Somalia, there lacks an explicit and coherent rural shelter policy, just like many other post-crisis nations in the world. This has made shelter development become relegated to the bottom end of the rural development priority.

As of January 2015, UNHCR reports indicate an estimated 1.1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia, a country that has endured over 20 years of armed conflict and devastating drought conditions, and that has been labeled as one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
AAMIN has been documenting available information on the housing situation in Somalia with a view to implementing interventions aimed at improving the shelter of marginalized people in Somalia.

AAMIN plans to come up with various interventions in the coming year with support from donors that are aimed at the following:

Provision of shelter for needy people in marginalized areas

Facilitating the construction of decent shelter for rural poor

Lobbying government to improve security of tenure and access to land

IDP response in coordination with other organizations and government agencies.

Providing basic services and infrastructure within marginalized communities.
Sensitizing rural communities on property rights and encouraging ownership.

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Agriculture & Food

Drought resistance is essential as Somalia is located in a drought-prone environment and has suffered from some of the worst famines in recent history. 

With the advantage of being located near the Arabian peninsula, Somali traders have increasingly begun to challenge Australia’s traditional dominance over the Gulf Arab livestock and meat market, offering quality animals at very low prices. In response, Gulf Arab states have started to make strategic investments in the country, with Saudi Arabia building livestock export infrastructure and the United Arab Emirates purchasing large farmlands.
According to USAID, farming practices tend to be constrained by skill level, a lack of government extension services, few protected storage facilities, and poor roads.

AAMIN is working as a catalyst in the agriculture and food security value chain by supporting communities in the following ways:
Research in drought resistant crop varieties for farmers to grow in their own farms for subsistence and commercial gain Giving basic farm inputs for farmers to grow crop in their own farms.
In future, we plan to give microloans for farmers to engage in value addition as this will improve returns and raise their standards of living.
AAMIN also plans to set up a demo farm where different crop varieties can be tested before giving them to farmers.
Somali exports of agriculture, fish, and non-pastoral livestock products.

To help nurture this activity, AAMIN plans to provide technical advice to non-pastoral livestock owners and institutions to improve the quality of their animals to help further boost their income. 

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According to Centre for Humanitarian Change, Somalia WASH sector is operating in an extremely complex environment where socio-economic, environmental and political factors place WASH actors under tremendous pressure. Somalia is a water scarce country but it is also a country at war with collapsed infrastructure, limited sector governance and low availability of skilled personnel. The WASH sector has been dominated by short duration interventions intended to save lives and relieve the suffering of people affected by the combined shocks of conflict, drought, disease outbreaks and displacement.
AAMIN is currently working on a long term strategy and plans to implement various interventions in partnership with donors.

The interventions are aimed at achieving the following:

Supporting multi-use water systems as an alternative to water trucking. This will help improve the water supply in the rural areas.

Urban water supply by supporting the improvement of water supply infrastructure through lobbying.
Supporting government by recommending the use of information management systems to strengthen supply and service provision.

Hygiene and sanitation promotion by sensitizing communities on WASH, use of mass hygiene and sanitation promotion initiatives.
Supporting in the setting up of low cost sanitation programs for small towns and rural areas.

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