DAN Somaliland
We work with and for the children and adults with disabilities

Disabilities Action Network (DAN), founded in 2002, is a nonprofit organization created to work towards an Inclusive, Barreir-Free and Rights Based Society for Persons with Disabilities in Somaliland. To achieve our mission, we do Physical Rehabilitation Services, Early Childhood Eduction, Disability Prevention, Political Participation and Human Rights Promotion, Protection and Fulfilment. We work with different supporting partners including Australian Doctors for Africa (ADFA), Handicap International, World Vision International, ABILIS Foundation and "A Leg to Stand On (ALTSO)" and with various agencies of Somaliland Government. We are also trying to expand our horizons by proving access to inclusive education, create employment opportunities and develop a social work department where people can seek out resources in their communities.

DAN's Current Activities Include:

  • Disability Mainstreaming, Human Rights Promotion, Protection and Fulfilment and Public Awareness Raising on Disability to develop a collective disability conciousness.
  • Advocacy and Lobbying at policy and legislative level towards disability inclusive society.
  • Protection of Children with Disabilities from Violence, Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect
  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) through Stimulative therapy and Psychosocial support.
  • 5 Orthopedic Workshops, in the capital and in the regions, that produce devices of all types (prostheses, orthoses, orthopedic shoes, wheelchairs, crutches, etc.) to improve mobility for the physically impaired individuals for empowerment.
  • 5 Physiotherapy Departments to prevent, correct or reduce the severity of the impairments by means of therapeutic exercises, massage, heat and cold therapy as well as electrotherapy in Hargeisa, Berbera, Borama, Burao and Erigavo.
  • Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) program in 3 regions (Maroodi-Jeex, Togdheer and Sanaag).
  • 4 Clubfoot Clinics that screen and manage congenital clubfoot deformity through PONSETI treatment method, with the support of Australian Doctors for Africa, in Hargeisa, Berbera, Burao, and Borrama
  • Parent Get-together Workshops for peer support, experience sharing and capacity building through counseling, medical information and managing activities of Daily living
  • Training of Medical Staff on infant and child disability prevention and early detection for referral and intervention.
  • Inclusive humanitarian action and inclusive emergency by training humanitarian actors to make their programmes disability inclusive.
  • Targetted food and water distribution during drought and food security crisis for vulnerable groups including persons with disabilities.

We want to expand our organization by providing more services. Possible areas of expansion opportunities include:

  • Education Department to find schools in the area that are suitable for our young clients
  • Social work Department to help our clients find proper resources in order to expand their horizons
  • Skills Training Department to help our clients find adequate employment so that they can become productive members of society

Mobility and Restoring functional ability are the first steps towards social and economic integration of physically impaired persons and enjoying and accessing basic human rights including having the same opportunities available to other member of society.

Without appropriate physical rehabilitation, the people with disabilities become increasingly isolated and trapped in the vicious disability cycle.

First things first: Physical Rehabilitation as DAN's Core Business.

  • Physical rehabilitation is needed to ensure the full participation and inclusion in society of persons with disabilities. It is the 1st and most crucial step for inclusion.
  • Physical rehabilitation services must be accessible and equitable. They should be available at urban and rural areas and for all types of impairments whatever the cause might be.
  • Physical rehabilitation leads to independence and personal autonomy as well as the ability to take control of one's own life!
  • Once the physically impaired persons stand and moves around, his/her self-esteem as well as acceptance by others around increases!