The health intervention needed for an adopted IDP camp is needed to ensure that they live in an healthy and hygienic environment such that will not become hazardous to themselves, co-habitants, and the host community. Considering that they live together in close proximity, the chances of a disease spreading fast is quite high, hence the need for curative and preventive measures.
Some of such interventions include provision of toilet facilities, availability of water (useable and drinkable), provision of water purifiers, provision of mosquito nets, regular basic diagnostic tests like blood pressure, sugar level, malaria, typhoid, HIV/AIDs, contraceptives and family planning, basic sex/sexuality education, etc. There is also need for non-medical health interventions like psychosocial care and post-trauma counseling.
The need for educational intervention cannot be overemphasized as it is important to ensure that IDPs, especially the young ones, have standard education in order to prepare them for a better future. Educational intervention is also pertinent as an avenue to ensure IDPs do not end up getting involved in criminal activities that would make them become a menace to their host communities and the nation at large.
The educational intervention will cover areas like provision of school shoes and uniforms (for those who are able to enroll in a local school within the host community), back-to-school packs, provision of a dismantle-able and mobile school and library furnished with books and other learning aids, extramural lessons, literacy classes, etc.
For their day-to-day wellbeing, the IDPs require some basic needs to cover: Shelter, Food, and Clothing.
The shelter need involves making existing living abodes more habitable, and where there are homes with too many IDPs vis-à-vis the available space, get another apartment so that some of the IDPs can be moved. To make their homes habitable, there’s need for mattresses, pillows, duvets/blankets, etc. The food need will include food items and cooking utensils; while the clothing need will range from shoes, bags, sweaters, socks, caps, wrappers, and other clothings for men, women, youths, teenagers, and children of all ages.
To ensure self-reliance and sustainability of impact, it is imperative that the IDPs have income-generating activities they can engage in. Empowerment will therefore cover two (2) broad areas: Life Skills and Vocational Skills.
Life Skills are needed personal effectiveness while Vocational Skills seeks to ensure the IDPs are empowered and gainfully occupied with one vocation or the other that is able to serve their immediate needs and the needs of their host communities. Vocational skills will cover gaps and opportunities that can be harnessed from host communities.