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ALGERIA (Sahrawi refugees)

Assistance to the most vulnerable groups of
Sahrawi refugees in the Tindouf Region





Fondation Lord-Michelham



FROM 01/01/2019 TO 12/31/2019




This multisectoral project contributes to maintaining and improving access to humanitarian assistance for Sahrawi refugees, both in terms of humanitarian aid delivery and capacity building. The aim is to contribute to meeting the basic needs of Sahrawi refugees in the sectors of health, water, hygiene and sanitation, protection, as well as to address the logistical needs necessary for the implementation of humanitarian aid in general, both by TGH and all actors working on behalf of refugees.


  1. Mechanical workshop: since 2002, TGH has been managing a mechanical workshop dedicated to the preventive maintenance of vehicles providing humanitarian aid (tank trucks, garbage trucks, ambulances, NGO vehicles, etc.) and electrical generators, as well as three decentralised workshops in different wilayas. Vehicles require very regular maintenance due to the extreme weather conditions in the area. The 2019 vehicle fleet will remain the same as in 2018: 37 tank trucks, 6 freight trucks, 19 garbage trucks, 17 ambulances, 25 humanitarian travel vehicles and 51 generators. A global analysis of the condition of the vehicles and their number in relation to the needs identified in the camps was carried out during the first quarter of 2019.

  2. Health: since 2005, TGH has been supporting health services by rehabilitating existing infrastructure, providing laboratory reagents and consumables, and equipping various medical services (radiology, stomatology and laboratory). In 2019, TGH will focus its efforts on supporting specific interventions, particularly for patients requiring palliative care or hemodialysis. With UNHCR's support, TGH will cover health workers, thus covering 100% of the expressed needs in terms of auxiliary health care. Particular attention will be paid to the development of the Boujdour hospital and the extension of biochemical analyses that can be carried out within the national hospital. This objective aims to provide access to quality health care services in the Sahrawi refugee camps through financial and technical support. 

  3. Reproductive health and HIV: in 2007, TGH participated in the establishment of a voluntary testing centre, respectful of confidentiality, at the Rabouni National Hospital and in the training of a team dedicated to the management of this centre. The management of this programme was subsequently transferred to the Algerian NGO Association Femmes Action Développement. Since 2016, TGH has been involved again in an action in this field by providing technical and material assistance to the existing health system and by creating a new screening and counselling centre at the Rabouni National Hospital. In 2019, with UNHCR's support, TGH continues to support local prevention and reproductive health/HIV departments by providing training and awareness sessions for health workers and community members. The objective is to ensure optimal access to reproductive health and HIV testing services for people living in the camps.

  4. Hygiene: Access to hygiene products is essential to the dignity and well-being of people, especially women and girls. In 2019, TGH continued to produce bleach (since 2003) and soap (since 2013) packaged and distributed to schools and hospitals in the region and to the entire camp population. Since 2005, TGH has distributed hygiene kits to more than 38,000 Sahrawi women and girls. This activity is essential both from a health point of view, in order to avoid the spread of diseases, and from an educational point of view, in order to allow decent learning conditions by limiting girls' absenteeism.

  5. Disability: TGH works with centres specialising in the care of children with disabilities, paying for their staff, distributing diapers for children and young adults with cerebral palsy as well as for incontinent adults. Home visits will also be organised by professional physiotherapists to improve the motor skills of children and adults with cerebral palsy and paralysis. Furthermore, since 2019, TGH has been working on mental health, particularly with schoolchildren with learning or psychosocial problems. TGH also provides training to ensure the accessibility of psychosocial support services to refugees living in the camps, and organises community awareness sessions on topics related to psychosocial well-being. Among the activities carried out by TGH are: Awareness-raising activities, distribution of supplies, training of specialists and establishment of a monitoring database.

  6. Management of IDP camps and UNHCR bases in Weather Haven: TGH has been in charge of the management of the bases in Weather Haven and Dakhla since 2001. TGH teams provide security, maintenance, upkeep, site management and food services for users and improve coordination between different actors, as they share the same workspace and are close to the Sahrawi ministries and to the population. In 2019, this project also covers the bases of Smara, Laayoune and Ausserd for specific interventions.