Monday, May 5, 2008

SIRC & ARC feedback on HAP evaluation

Solomon Islands Red Cross and Australian Red Cross today reviewed the three years Health Awareness Project (HAP) with Cynthia, an independent evaluator from Australia.
The review held at the local Red Cross office looked at three general areas; achievements of HAP by SI Red Cross, challenges faced with HAP, and lessons learned from three years HAP to lay strong foundation for future similar project with SIRC.
When looking at the successful story of the Health Awareness Project, Ms Cynthia said she was glad with the progression made over the three years. It has built a very good reputation of SIRC.
"Everywhere I go I hear good message about SI Red Cross", she said.
Cynthia also highlighted the combination of different SIRC programs to HAP build strength which is now recognized by the International Federation of the Red Cross.
In relation, she talked highly of the quality community trainings and materials adopted to the local context. They raised community awareness of health and hygiene issues, thus contributed to some safe health behavior change.
However, if Solomon Islands Red Cross is now ready to venture into the second phase of HAP it has to consider challenges and turn them into opportunities for future success.
Three years Health Awareness Project is supported and funded by the Australian Red Cross to focus on community hygiene and health awareness in vulnerable communities (Weathercoast and Maluu) affected by 1998-2003 Ethnic Tension and had health problems.