Newsletter December 2011
Dear colleagues and friends,
The end of the year is near, and as usual it is a busy time. The DCR knowledge network is beginning to take shape, and we are convinced that it will help us keep track of each others initiatives and ideas. It is important to be in touch, given that we have a continuum of experience from countries that are in different phases of the reconstruction of health systems. We need to apply lessons learned, for example in South Sudan, where many of the same mechanisms are now being put in place that have already been tested extensively in Afghanistan. We also need to widen our portfolio, and we are busy testing opportunities in new countries and extending in countries where we already are present. We have not succeeded yet in getting sizeable projects in Pakistan off the ground, but we will keep working on this. On top of this, we will be moving office in January in Amsterdam. In the new, more spacious office, we look forward to see colleagues from the field pass by! I wish you all happy holidays, and look forward to seeing you.
Willem van de Put, general director
In 2011, HealthNet TPO created - in collaboration with the other member organizations of the Dutch Consortium for Rehabilitation (ZOA, CARE and Save the Children) - a Knowledge Network. Low-cost operational research and community knowledge are combined with best practices to increase programme quality.
The 'Association of Burundians in the Diaspora returned from Europe' (ABDRE) was established in response to some major challenges that returning refugees face. These challenges are often related to a lack of regular and updated information about the various aspects in the process of return.
For the execution of the Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) projects in South Sudan HealthNet TPO is subcontracting local and international NGO’s. The subcontracting of implementation is part of the MDTF - HIV/AIDS implementation strategy.
The goal of the programme for improving mental health care (PRIME) is to generate world-class research evidence on the implementation and scaling up of treatment programmes for priority mental disorders in primary and maternal health care contexts in low resource settings.
…Aletta Jansen, Organizational Development Officer at HealthNet TPO. Aletta is stationed in Wau (South Sudan) to support this field office for six months. “Everyone who has experienced working in South Sudan can easily agree that there are challenges here on every single level imaginable. Challenges you never thought existed.”
Since 2008 HealthNet TPO’s resources have doubled in both means and people (from 16 HQ staff members in 2008 to 37 HQ staff members in 2011). In order to properly accommodate all staff, the head office in Amsterdam will be moving to another – bigger - location in January 2012.