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In this Issue:
Aid Works wins backing from Lloyds Bank and the Big Lottery Fund
Involving Communities in Health Programmes
Survey - What support do aspiring aid workers need?
Competition: Win TEDxSheffield tickets!
Upcoming Courses: Careers in Aid Work, 22nd November, Sheffield
Aid Works in the Press
Who We Have Helped in 2014
Around the Globe - Interesting articles & videos from the web...
Under the Microscope: Ebola
Get the Facts: Ebola
Top Tips - Short Term Assignments
Dispatches from the Field: Fay Ballard writes from Monrovia, Liberia
**Stop Press!** We’re excited to announce two additional, expert facilitators for our upcoming Careers in Aid Work course in Sheffield on 22nd November. We’ll be joined by Nicholas Richards - Head of HR at International Rescue Committee UK - and Cicely Clarke - Programme Officer (Asia) at Mercy Corps. Find out more about our course here.

Aid Works wins backing from Lloyds Bank and the Big Lottery Fund


Following a highly competitive selection process - including a nerve-wracking, Dragons Den style pitch! - we won a place on the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, provided by the School for Social Entrepreneurs and funded by Lloyds Bank and the Big Lottery Fund.

Mo took up his place at the school two weeks ago, where he met lots of other entrepreneurs working in our local community. There were some fantastic training sessions on communication and expressing your organizational mission and values. We’ve already been working on these and will share them with you soon. You can read more about Mo’s first days at the School for Social Entrepreneurs here.
 
As well as the invaluable training, we have received a £4,000 grant to plough into our work. This has allowed us to offer subsidized places on our first course, Careers in Aid Work. The rest of the cash is being invested in the development of a range of other courses in our Get the North to the South Programme, which aims to get more northerners into the aid industry.

Involving Communities in Health Programmes
 
The South Sudan Health Pooled Fund is backed by various donors, including the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and supports health services in six of South Sudan’s ten states – an area 27 times the size of Yorkshire! Aid Works recently travelled to South Sudan to assess how the fund was involving local communities in its healthcare programme. We looked at how communities were already involved, how this stacked up against South Sudan government policy, and what more could be done in the future.
 
To help us in our task, lots of NGOs consulted with the communities in their programme areas, and we asked the Ministry of Health and Health Pooled Fund staff to weigh in. We discovered that lots of good things were already happening, and that there were exciting opportunities for involving communities more. Learn about the results of the assessment here.
Win TEDxSheffield tickets!

With places on our Careers in Aid Work course filling up fast, we’re in a generous mood! We’re giving away two tickets to TEDxSheffield, which runs from 12pm – 5pm on 15th November, at St Georges Church in Sheffield. To be in with a chance of winning, go to our news page and follow the instructions. The competition closes at 1700GMT on Saturday 8th November. 
Aid Works in the Press
 
In November, Mo featured in this article in the Yorkshire Times.
Who We Have Helped in 2014
Survey - What support do aspiring aid workers need?
 
One of our main aims is to support local and international development workers to reach their potential. While we’ve got our own ideas on how to do this – based on our years spent in the sector - we’ve been asking current and aspiring aid workers for their thoughts.

What barriers do people from outside London face when trying to get into aid work? What kind of support would help an aspiring aid worker get that all important first job? What practical training would complement existing university programmes?
 
For your last chance to take part in the survey, click here.  The survey closes at midnight on Sunday, 16th November.
Upcoming Courses: Careers in Aid Work, 22nd November, Sheffield
 
Are you looking for a career change? Do you enjoy travelling? Are interested in using your skills to make a difference to the lives of others? If so, then this is the course for you! Our one-day workshop is an essential introduction for anyone interested in a career in aid work. Facilitated by experienced aid workers, you will learn about the opportunities available to you in the sector, and explore how to get that all-important first job. Thanks to the support of the SSE, Lloyds Bank and The Big Lottery Fund, we are able to offer a 50% discount on our usual course fee of £100. Full details of the course are on our website.
Around the Globe

Articles and videos which have caught our attention...
 
The city of Sheffield officially recognizes Somaliland as an independent nation.

 Another fascinating TED Talk: We need money for aid – so let’s print it!

How do we improve the safety and security of aid workers?  
Unless you’ve been on a different planet, you will have heard about the ebola outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which has so far killed 4,818 people. The media is rife with misinformation, so we are highlighting a few of the relevant articles and films that we have found interesting in the last few months.

“It exposes a reality that rural remote people around the world face, that illness is universal and access to care is not.”

Watch this interview with Raj Panjabi, Physician and Co-Founder/CEO of Last Mile Health, where he explains the need to tie an emergency response to the long-term strengthening of the region’s health care system. 
“It’s hard to believe that just 8 weeks ago, this 7 acre site was scrubland. Now it’s a fully functioning treatment center.”
 
Take a look around the first of six British centres for treating people suffering from Ebola in Sierra Leone, and hear from Save the Children’s Rob MacGillivray, a highly experienced and respected emergencies specialist whom Mia worked with in South Sudan.
“What if Ebola was “just” a health crisis? And what if it did only threaten the health of West Africans, not “regional and global security”? Sadly we already know the answers to these questions because West Africa has been dealing with health crises for decades, including malaria, maternal and infant mortality and under-nutrition, while the West has largely stood by.”
 
Following the news that Sheffield’s Hallamshire Hospital has been chosen as a crisis centre for ebola, read this blog post from Simon Rushton, Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, as he looks at the international response to the Ebola crisis.
“Many Liberians are treating the disease with much the same resignation as the killers of the past — accepting that the threat is there, and doing their best to navigate around it.”
 
Liberian correspondent Helene Cooper writes for the New York Times about the resilience of the Liberian people.
"What a difference in Africa-US travel policy 150 years makes!"

And for a bit of light relief, see Jon Stewart and The Daily Show lampoon the American media’s response to the crisis.
Get the Facts: Ebola
 
For full details of how the disease is spread, contained and treated, read this factsheet from the World Health Organisation (WHO).

 For answers to 10 basic questions about Ebola, read this Guardian article
As well as our work training aspiring aid workers in the UK, we provide high level technical support to organisations working in developing countries (international/local NGOs and government departments). This issue, we give you our Top 5 Tips for preparing for Short Term Assignments.
 
  1. Get informed - do a web search for the most up to date national policies and NGO documents relevant to your sector.
  2. Get accustomed to the basic terminology used for the country - e.g. districts versus counties. You will be understood better and will sound more prepared and professional.
  3. Agree clear objectives and outputs for your visit with your client.
  4. Develop a key contact list to facilitate meetings and information collection – you need to make the most of you time in-country.
  5. Develop a day-by-day work plan with your client, but be prepared to adjust it as your assignment progresses.
Do you have any Top Tips? Contact us and we will feature the best on our website.
Mo and Mia first worked with Fay Ballard when she was Project Coordinator for Merlin in Liberia. Now the Global Business Development Coordinator for Goal, she returned to Monrovia in October to assess the situation. Here, she tells us a little bit about life in the capital city under the shadow of the Ebola outbreak.
 
Arriving into Monrovia by air everything is normal until you enter the airport building where there is a tap stand of chlorinated water where we all line up to wash our hands, and a team of medics wearing face masks who take each person’s temperature using a ‘no touch’ thermometer (a handheld small plastic device which is pointed at each person’s temple). 
 
These hand washing and temperature monitoring stations are at almost every public building in Monrovia. If people test more than 38 degrees centigrade they are not allowed entry (a high temperature being one of the early signs of Ebola). Other than this, Monrovia looks just like it did when I worked there five years ago. There are still people in the markets, people walking on the streets, people going about their work and play - life continues. There are no bodies on the streets and no people dying outside of Ebola Treatment Units - those scenes are thankfully in the past and unless there is a massive resurgence in cases there are now enough treatment beds in Liberia. 
 
The most noticeable day to day change in Monrovia is in people’s behaviour – there is no shaking hands (Liberians have a great style of handshake where they snap their fingers) and no touching. Even when I met up with friends and former colleagues the greeting was only verbal. It sounds odd but everyone is totally used to it now. All the Liberians I spoke with were very well informed about how to protect themselves and their families from Ebola. They spoke about the learning that they have all been through and have seen in their communities – at first denial and disbelief, then shock and horror at the deaths, then quick learning and behaviour change. They were all confident that Liberians have adjusted (at least in the urban areas where there is a lot of information about Ebola) and that deaths in their communities were on the decrease. This is reflected in the surveillance data, but everyone is cautious in their optimism – no one wants a repeat of the situation a few months ago in Guinea where the cases dropped and then sharply increased.
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