DEFINITION OF A COMMUNITY HEALTH CLUB Community Health Clubs (CHCs) are voluntary community based organisations (CBOs) dedicated to promoting health by preventing common diseases in their area through safe hygiene. Membership of a CHC is open to men and women of all ages, income and educational levels. CHCs usually have 50-150 dedicated members who meet regularly every week for a couple of hours The clubs have no political or religious affiliations There is no charge for membership. Health Clubs usually have their own executive committee, voted in every year, a constitution and bank account.
The first stage of the AHEAD Approach is a period (six months – one year), during which the following activities take place: Community Mobilisation Formation of a Community Health Club Base Line Survey Health Promotion Sessions HIV/AIDS Prevention Home Hygiene improvements
When health club members realise how germs can be transported in water they usually make efforts to protect their own water supply and take many steps to help themselves. Some even manage to supply themselves with safe underground water through digging and protecting wells for their own family.
Responding to the priorities of the community is a key tenet within the AHEAD methodology. As poverty is the underlying cause of poor standards of living, club members often request training in new skills to enable them to earn an income at home.
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The Vision of Africa AHEAD is to relieve sickness and poverty and promote good hygiene and sanitation by empowering communities in developing countries, particularly but not exclusively, in Africa
Community Health Clubs (CHCs) are voluntary community based organisations (CBOs) dedicated to promoting health by preventing common diseases in their area through safe hygiene.