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. We promote the social model and the human rights based approach to disability in all our work.

To achieve our mission, we do work in a twin track approach that enables full inclusion through mainstream access, while  working alongside disability specific supports. Our main areas of operation are summarized under 2 pillars of actions as follows:

1. Disability Inclusion in both Humanitarian Action and Development Programmes. We work towards ensuring to deliver humanitarian assistance and development to boys, girls, women and men with all types of disabilities the same basic services that to general community such as: nutrition, health care, education, safe water and a protective environment.

2. We address the disability related specific needs of girls, boys, women and men with disabilities  that strengthen their inclusion in humanitarian interventions and development programmes such as accessible environments and assistive devices.

Our Disability Inclusion Activities:

  • 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.
  • Protection of Children with Disabilities in humanitarian emergency from Violence, Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect.
  • Public Awareness Raising on Disability inclusion to develop a collective disability conciousness and eliminate attitudinal, physical, communication, and  institutional barriers. 
  • Disability Mainstreaming, Human Rights Promotion, Protection and Fulfilment.
  • Advocacy and Lobbying at policy and legislative level towards disability inclusive society

Our Specific Services towards disability Inclusion:

  • Delivery of assistive devices as Non Food Items during humanitarian crisis
  • Early Childhood Development (ECD) through Stimulative therapy and Psychosocial support through facility based at MCHs and Stabilisation Centers as well as through mobile teams and outreach for children with malnutrition with developmental delays.
  • 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 girls, boys, women and men with physical and mobility impairments for inclusion.
  • 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,  in Hargeisa, Berbera, Burao, and Borrama
  • Parent Get-together Workshops for peer support, experience sharing and capacity building through counseling, psychosocial support, 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.