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On 6 February 2014, International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), the UK Government announced the appointment of a consortium of leading anti-FGM/C campaigners and development communications experts, coordinated by Options and MannionDaniels, to deliver a global campaign to end FGM/C. 

 The campaign will support increasing momentum within Africa to end FGM/C and will work at international, regional, national and community levels across Africa to bring about a cultural transformation in attitudes towards FGM/C by:

  • Mobilising a critical mass of people, leaders, organisations and networks to unite under a global movement to end FGM/C
  • Promoting increased political will and funding in affected countries to tackle FGM/C
  • Supporting a network of grassroots activists across Africa to support social change in communities to end FGM/C
  • Strengthening and supporting national coalitions against FGM/C within 10 focal countries providing them with expertise needed to bring about social change
  • Working with the diaspora in the UK to mobilise people to contribute skills and resources to support efforts to end FGM/C in their countries of origin.

Who we are

The campaign is being implemented by a consortium including:

 The team will be based in Nairobi and London, and is led by Efua Dorkenoo, OBE, former Advocacy Director and current Senior Advisor of Equality Now’s FGM programme, and former technical expert for the WHO, where she assisted the organisation in introducing FGM/C onto the agendas of the Ministries of Health of Member States. The programme will work closely with the United Nations Joint Programme against FGM/C, governments and civil society in focal countries.

What next?

The campaign is currently in its design phase, with a public-facing campaign due to be launched in the second half of 2014. We encourage any individual, organisation or network who shares the vision of an end to the practice of FGM/C in a generation to join the global campaign. Email endfgmc@options.co.uk or clea.knight@manniondaniels.com for more details or to join our mailing list.

 


MannionDaniels Africa welcomes Catherine Nderi

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MannionDaniels Africa is very pleased to announce that Catherine Nderi has joined the team as a Technical and Programme manager.  Catherine will be heading up the Nairobi office, and her role will include developing a growing portfolio of projects in the East Africa region, project management, and providing technical support.

Catherine has over 10 years’ experience of developing and implementing public health, social protection and child protection programmes within emerging economies, in particular East Africa.  She has provided technical support to the Government of Kenya, and before joining the private sector worked for the United Nations, and the Centres for Disease Prevention and Control in a programme management and design capacity.

Welcome to the team Catherine!


Better data for the Somali Health System

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UNICEF, acting as the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund’s support for malaria in Somalia, has awarded a contract to MannionDaniels to support the development of the country’s unified Health Management Information system, HMIS.

Phase 1 of the assignment will last until March 2014 and result in a new database design for the HMIS, an agreed indicator list and a curriculum for health workers who are involved in data entry and use.  We will give support to the Zonal Health Authorities to use to the HMIS for better decision-making.  Ashraf Mohad will lead the work in Somalia.  Ashraf served as the Director of the Health Management Information System Unit in the Ministry of Public Health, Kabul, Afghanistan from 2005 to 2010.


 

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MannionDaniels has just completed a review of DFID’s £57 million Sexual and Reproductive Health Programme, including HIV/AIDS, in Zimbabwe. This involved assessing the technical and value-for-money aspects of the current programme. The team also designed a business case for re-allocated and new funding for SRH services. The review was contracted through DFID’s HEART service (Health and Education Advice and Resource Team).

DFID works with other donors in Zimbabwe to provide the Integrated Support Programme, partnering with both the private and the public sectors to provide integrated SRH and HIV/AIDS services. This includes:  distribution of condoms and other FP commodities, carrying out voluntary male medical circumcision, provision of HIV testing and ARV treatment for positive patients, provision of cervical cancer screening, and providing services for survivors of gender-based violence.


We bid farewell to Martin

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After two and a half years with MannionDaniels, Martin Taylor is moving on to take up a new position with WHO in China.  We wish Martin a successful move back to Beijing, where he was previously the health advisor for DFID and worked closely with the Ministry of Health on a range of innovative programmes. As Martin and his family prepare for the move back to Beijing, we would like to take this opportunity to thank him for the high quality technical contribution he has made to our team, as well as his ever cheerful contributions to team meetings and retreats. Good luck and bon voyage.