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Novo Nordisk Foundation awards DKK 15.8 million for humanitarian initiatives

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded DKK 15.8 million to 16 humanitarian projects in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The grant recipients work in such areas as improving reproductive health, better nutrition and preventing gender-based violence in refugee camps.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded DKK 15.8 million for humanitarian projects in vulnerable parts of the world. The funds have been allocated to 16 projects in 11 countries and regions in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The wide-ranging projects all have the overall goal of improving the health and future prospects of people living in areas affected by crises and natural disasters.

“In awarding these new grants, the Novo Nordisk Foundation is supporting 16 very different projects, all of which make a big difference to some of the weakest residents in the world’s most vulnerable countries. The organizations receiving the grants have a good understanding of the countries and areas in which they operate, and the breadth of the projects reflects how, by using very different instruments, we can tailor solutions each of which provides the optimal benefits in the specific situations,” says Hanna Line Jakobsen, Senior Vice President, Social & Humanitarian, Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Improving reproductive health, better nutrition and preventing gender-based violence in refugee camps
Three of the projects will take place in Uganda, which is home to about 1.4 million refugees who come primarily from the neighbouring countries of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Danish Family Planning Association is one of the organizations that has received support in Uganda for a project that aims to increase access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for Congolese refugees in the Kyangwali settlement area in southwestern Uganda. By ensuring that people have the right information and access to services, the project will contribute to a more healthy and resilient population in the settlement area.

The second project in Uganda is being implemented by Impact Designs, a Danish NGO working to expand the cultivation, processing and sale of insects that can both improve diets and provide an income to residents of the Kyaka II refugee settlement in western Uganda.

The third project in Uganda supports an existing project that provides support to victims of violence, prevents new violence and builds awareness about violence against women and girls in the Kyaka II and Kyangwali refugee settlements. CARE Denmark leads the project.

The grants of almost DKK 16 million are part of the Foundation’s annual grants for humanitarian initiatives and emergency aid awarded twice a year based on calls for applications in open competition.

The 16 projects supported by the Foundation

Mission East
Promoting the Sustainable Recovery of Conflict- and Disaster-affected Families in Northeastern Afghanistan, DKK 1,000,000

Save the Children Denmark
Primary Health Care and Nutrition Service Provision for Vulnerable Children and Families in Abyei Special Administrative Area (ASAA), South Sudan, DKK 1,000,000

Human Rights Watch
Ensuring Rights-respecting Reconstruction and Humanitarian Aid Delivery in Syria, DKK 1,000,000

Danish Red Cross
Future Opportunities for Displaced Youth in Iraq (FODYI), DKK 1,000,000

SOS Children’s Villages Denmark
Integrated Intervention to Create Access to WASH Services in Babile District, Ethiopia, DKK 1,000,000

International Aid Services Denmark
Improved WASH Situation for Three Villages in Madarounfa Department, Niger, DKK 1,000,000

CARE Danmark (two projects)
Mobile Vegetable Gardens – Climate-proof Food Production and Income for Nomadic Women in the Sahel Region, DKK 1,000,000

Access Protection Empowerment Accountability and Leadership 2020 (APEAL) Uganda, DKK 999,952

IT University of Copenhagen
Rohingya mHealth: Expanding Access to Healthcare for the Rohingya Community concerning Noncommunicable Diseases in the Refugee Camps in Bangladesh, DKK 999,596

Danish Family Planning Association
Saving Lives through Increased Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Congolese Refugees and Host Populations in Southwestern Uganda, DKK 998,295

Danish People’s Aid
Support to Conflict-affected Families in the Faryab Province in Afghanistan, DKK 996,346

Dignity – Danish Institute against Torture
Enhanced Resilience of Libyan Nationals and Migrants Impacted by Trauma in Libya, DKK 991,450

UNICEF Denmark
Acute Humanitarian Crisis Response; Not Leaving Children Behind in Yemen, DKK 990,580

Impact Designs
Improving Access to Nutrition and Income for Refugees in Uganda through Production of Edible Insects, DKK 972,501

Oxfam IBIS
Supporting Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools in Rural Aleppo, Syria, DKK 942,004

ADRA Denmark
Rights of Displaced Children, South Sudan, DKK 912,000

Further information

Christian Mostrup, Senior Programme Lead, +45 3067 4805, [email protected]