Mother and Child Health
DICAC has a special section for mother and child health care. This includes various matters such as ante- and post natal care, family planning, counseling, different psychosocial services and awareness raising trainings.
Pregnant and newly delivered women can come to DICAC for counseling and psycho-social support. DICAC helps the women to prepare for delivery, provides antenatal care follow up as well as gives advice on breast feeding and other post-natal matters including child vaccination and mother and child sanitation. The organization also provides ongoing counseling for HIV positive pregnant women to continue medication and prepare exclusive feeding for prevention of mother to child transmission.
In addition, DICAC advice and supports women with family planning. A number of different methods are offered and women get professional advice to help them chose their own preference.
Awareness Raising Trainings
DICAC conducts awareness raising trainings for about 300 urban refugee women every year. Topics include family planning, sexual and reproductive rights as well as maternal and child health. The trainings are led by different experts from the organization and are held in cooperation with the UNHCR and other donors.
DICAC also supports pregnant women and children between six months and one year with supplementary diet. In addition the organization provides a special bedding allowance. DICAC also arranges a maid servant during the first three months after delivery. This is often a family member that gets support from DICAC.
In addition to this DICAC focuses on a vaccination program where pregnant women get vaccine against tetanus and other diseases by linking the mother and new born baby to their respective health centers. DICAC also conducts home visits to pregnant mothers who have psychosocial or financial problems and provides solutions accordingly. The organization also conducts hospital visits and assesses and solves different problems.
Many refugees suffer from different types of chronic diseases. Some were ill before fleeing but many also developed chronic diseases during their stay in the refugee camps. Examples are tuberculosis, chronic depression, diabetes, liver diseases, epilepsy, heart diseases and Schizophrenia. Many of these diseases are not possible to treat in the available health centers and regional referral hospitals in the refugee camps. Chronically ill refugees are therefore transferred to Addis Ababa where they can get further support from DICAC and in collaboration with health centers.
DICAC provides medication and hospital access to chronically ill refugees. Some of these patients need frequent hospital care, and also this DICAC is able to facilitate. In cooperation with UNCHR the organization also provides complicated treatments, as for heart- and liver diseases, that are directly lives saving.
DICAC is able to provide quality health care for this group that would otherwise be very exposed. Around 950 chronically ill refugees get help and support through DICAC every year.