STEER Builds Capacity of CSO Partners on Household Economic Strengthening (HES)
By Lawrence Adetokunbo, Advocacy & Communications Officer, Lagos
Save the Children recently held a 5 day training in the Lagos and Calabar area office, a training on Household Economic Strengthening for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) partners, as part of ongoing effort to design innovative ways on how to strengthen the economic capacities of project beneficiaries. The CSOs work directly with Community Case Management Workers (CCMWs) within beneficiary communities to: identify vulnerable families within the project implementing communities, assess their levels of vulnerability, provide referrals between the beneficiaries (families) and health facilities, carry out home visits to target households, provide services such as health education, HIV counselling, psychosocial support etc., and together with CSO staff develop unique house care plans for each household.
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Oyefunke Koleowo, HES Co-ordinator, addressing participants during a session of the training.
The training provided participants with various opportunities through workgroup sessions to brainstorm on the roles of CCMWs in their mission to help beneficiary households achieve independence. Ideas emerged in the area of skill acquisition, referrals and linkages to government enabled support services. Agencies such as the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) etc. and other CSOs who have vocational skills training programmes were identified as key partners towards achieving this goal. The CCMWs continue to act as the community- based grassroots links between the CSOs and caregivers in households affected by HIV/AIDS.
Apart from the Household Economic Strengthening (HES) workshop, Save the Children, through the STEER project, has also built the capacity of the CCMWs in community HIV/TB care, nutrition, child protection, data collection and reporting, and gender sensitive programming.