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Afusat Eke – Social Worker, Nigeria Our Regional Programme provides humanitarian support to seafarers and their families in three specific regions: South East Asia, South Asia and Nigeria. Meet our representative in Nigeria, Afusat... Tell us about yourself. I am Afusat Eke, married with children and living in Lagos. My hobby is reading and I enjoy helping people. I have been on the MPHRP/ISWAN project…
10 September 2018 Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. ISWAN’s SeafarerHelp is a free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our team is trained in emotional support and suicide risk assessment. A female seafarer contacted SeafarerHelp in an extremely distressed state. She was having suicidal thoughts brought on by a traumatic relationship breakdown. The…
5 September 2018 On 27 and 28 August 2018, ISWAN attended a meeting of the Contact Group on Maritime Crime in the Sulu and Celebes Sea, held in Manila. The multi-stakeholder meeting, organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was attended by regional government officials from countries including the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, along with representatives from international organisations and a…
Fatigue is a topic which causes much discussion amongst seafarers and the shipping industry. Ask how crews feel about it on social media and there will be many comments explaining exactly how it is. HOW FATIGUE WORKS When seafarers talk to ISWAN about fatigue, there is a definite pattern to the responses. They talk of how the stresses, strains, rhythm and patterns of life and…
22 August 2018 ‘Working in partnership, seeking practical solutions’ is the title of the ISWAN Seminar 2018 to be held in Helsinki on Friday 23 November 2018. Hosted by the Finnish Seamen’s Service, the seminar will take place at in the conference hall at Helsinki University, and is a full-day event open to all individuals concerned with providing seafarers with the highest standard of port-based…
SeafarerHelp is a free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A seafarer’s workplace is also his or her home, so the effects of problems like bullying and harassment at work can be worse for those working at sea than for those in shore-based jobs. When the situation on board becomes unbearable seafarers will often…
16 August 2018 73 seafarers have taken part in a hydration health promotion campaign for 28 days to assess the effectiveness of materials to encourage fluid intake. We have published the results of a pilot hydration campaign on seafarers’ water consumption on board four Nakilat ships as part of the ‘Quench’ hydration campaign. As part of our Seafarers’ Health Information Programme (SHIP), the ‘Quench’ hydration…
6 August 2018 Back in June, our Regional Representative in Nigeria, Afusat Eke, celebrated this year’s Day of the Seafarer over three days with seafarers in Lagos.   Saturday 23 June: Afusat joined Apapa Port Welfare Committee Chairman Aina Akinbola and Secretary Barnabas Epu on a ship visit to celebrate Day of the Seafarer with the crew on board. The crew was invited to a…
26 July 2018 ISWAN is partnering with MHG Insurance Brokers to launch a survey of seafarers who work on superyachts to investigate welfare issues specific to the sector. Questions will be asked on food, cabins and communications, as well as the health and wellbeing of the men and women working on board. The survey has been designed to: highlight areas of welfare needs among seafarers…
25 July 2018 A team of three riders will cycle 100 miles through London and Surrey this weekend in support of our work for seafarers’ welfare. The team, including our Executive Director Roger Harris, will take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 this Sunday (29 July) to raise funds for the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN). The 100-mile route through the capital and…
25 July 2018 ISWAN recently took part in the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia‘s (CGPCS) 21st plenary, held on 12 – 13 July 2018. At least 60 member states and international organisations attended the plenary, which was chaired by the Republic of Mauritius as Chair of the Indian Ocean Commission and held at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The…