Clinic renovation and skills training improve quality of life in Mogadishu

Clinic renovation and Skills Training Improve Quality of Life in Mogadishu

Thousands of people in Mogadishu are enjoying a better quality of life thanks to a newly-renovated health clinic and a skills training program that were supported by the UNDP’s Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) Program.

The Elgab Ambulatory Clinic, located in southern Mogadishu, was virtually destroyed during Somalia’s long civil war. Rubbish and thick weeds covered its grounds and the clinic had only two rooms that were suitable for child birth.

To restore the clinic, the Ministry of Health of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) contracted The Organization for Social Protection and Development (OSPAD) in February, 2011.

Working quickly, OSPAD renovated the clinic from top to bottom. Structural improvements were made to the building, a shallow well was sunk and an incinerator, water tank, and public toilets were installed. The clinic was also completely cleaned and painted.

Work was completed in only two months and today the clinic serves a large population, particularly Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are vulnerable to disease.

ELGAB ambulatory before rehabilitation

Government authorities and the local community and Somali authority are both happy with the renovated clinic, which will greatly improve healthcare services in the area.
The success of the renovated Elgab Ambulatory Clinic might also inspire other non-governmental organizations to salvage and restore more buildings in Somalia, making them useful to the local population.




Elgab Ambulatory clinic after renovation

The Ministry of Health, district administration, elders and women formulated and implemented the project. Over 350 workers were hired on the project, including 191 women. The project is designed to benefit about 15,000 people indirectly.

Training Women in Tailoring

OSPAD was also contracted on the same project to train 50 women IDPs in tailoring so they could provide for themselves and their families.

Today, these women, from the Waberi and Wadajir districts, are putting their newly-acquired skills into practice. Many have sewn garments that they sell, allowing them to buy food and pay for their children’s schooling.

One woman who benefitted from the two-month training is Duniya, a widowed mother of seven whose husband died during the civil war.

Duniya can now meet the basic needs of her household. She spends part of the profits she earns sewing garments to take care of her children. The rest she saves or funnels back into her business.

Duniya established a garment making business after two months of vocational training


The project was implemented with funding from the Government of Norway


Employment Generation for Early Recovery

Running from 2008 to 2011

The Employment Generation for Early Recovery (EGER) project was designed to respond to the high unemployment rates in Somalia, build the capacity of people to improve their living conditions, and rehabilitate and upgrade social, basic and productive infrastructure. EGER seeks to generate employment opportunities and income for vulnerable populations in Somalia, particularly women, marginalized groups and youth. The project has employed 52,952 beneficiaries, 43 percent of them being women, through labour-intensive and social infrastructure rehabilitation initiatives across South Central Somalia.

The selection criteria for both projects and beneficiaries are based, but not limited to, vulnerability, accessibility, population structure, priority needs and their impact on improving livelihoods and contributing to stability, disaster and conflict risks, level of women participation, and willingness to sustain and maintain the end product.

The project had a budget of US $11,402,019.80 to implement its activities between 2008 and December 2010. Financial support came from Norway, Denmark, DFID, Italian Cooperation, the Government of Japan, OCHA and UNDP.

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