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Nyabeho village: their achievements in their own words
Nyabeho village: their achievements in their own words

In 2016 Nyambeho village was considered one of the most progressive villages in Rusizi District. In response to the training the Environmental Health Officer had successfully engage the village leadership and their dynamic village social worker had formed a Community Health Club which embraced everyone of the 111 households in the village. Within a year…

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Rusizi District reaction to RCT
Rusizi District reaction to RCT

The results of the RCT in Rusizi have now come to light and although there has been no formal presentation in Rwanda the paper was delivered in USA in October 2016 by Innovations for Poverty Action, at the Water Institute Conference in North Carolina. In December, 2015, Africa AHEAD hosted a workshop with district stakeholders…

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Questions raised over the results of the RCT in Rusizi
Questions raised over the results of the RCT in Rusizi

The long awaited RCT results were presented at the largest Public Health Forum in the USA at  the Water Institute Water Conference in October 2016. Gates Foundation who had  funded the research, also hosted a side event at this Conference, where Ms. Sheela Sinharoy, presenting on behalf of  IPA had shocked the audience  with a…

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Rusizi District analyze Impact of the CHCs
Rusizi District analyze Impact of the CHCs

A Community Health Club programme  in 150 villages in Rusizi  has been running since 2013 as part of  intervention  for a Randomised Control Trial to test the efficacy of Community Health Clubs in to mobilise communities to take action in safe hygiene so as to prevent diarrhoea. Africa AHEAD,  responsible for supporting the monitoring of…

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Directors visit to Rusizi District
Directors visit to Rusizi District

January,  2017. Following the results of the Randomised Control Trial, the Directors of Africa AHEAD visited Rusizi District in December 2017 to see for themselves if the Community Health Clubs had made any impact on hygiene in the 150 villages which were now all engaged in the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion  Programme. We visited…

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Putting heads and hands together to change knowledge and behaviors: Community Health Clubs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL POSTER A Case Study Evaluation of Community Health Clubs in Port au Prince, Haiti 2015. Waterlines, 34(4). Jessica Brooks, MESc1; Alexandra Adams, MPH1; Nora Moraga-Lewy1; Samy Bendjemil2; Ruth Berggren, MD2; Jason Rosenfeld, MPH2 (1) Yale University (2) University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Introduction: After an absence of over…

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2016 Water and Health Conference CHC Side Event
2016 Water and Health Conference CHC Side Event

At the Annual Water and Health Conference at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, (October, 2016) the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosted a side event to discuss the findings of the Randomised Control Trial that has been now completed in Rwanda. The intervention took place in Rusizi District from 2012- 2016 with the objective of…

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Kigali Action Plan sites CBEHPP success in poverty reduction
Kigali Action Plan sites CBEHPP success in poverty reduction

As reported by the New Times, Rwanda.  30th January, 2015 “Rwanda today begins its role in the implementation of a continental water and sanitation plan at the African Union Summit that kicks off today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The initiative, dubbed Kigali Action Plan on Water and Sanitation Goals in Africa, was endorsed last year…

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A new monitoring tool for Community Health Clubs
A new monitoring tool for Community Health Clubs
CHC AHEAD registry of Community Health Clubs Africa AHEAD has been responsible for developing a monitoring system for programmes which are using community health clubs which will provide an institutional memory and knowledge platform for all stakeholders running CHCs. This week the website is being launched at the Water Institute's, Water and Health Conference at...

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Imihigo performance league tables in Rwanda: CHCs beind rapid rise of Rusizi
Imihigo performance league tables in Rwanda: CHCs beind rapid rise of Rusizi

The Imihigo approach has been operational since 2006 in Rwanda and is the reason behind the fast trend of development in Rwanda compared to other countries in Africa. For example Rwanda not only met but exceeds the Water and sanitation MDG Targets. “Every year both central and local government sign Imihigo/ Performance Contracts with His…

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Emergency Humanitarian Response to the El Nino in Zimbabwe
Emergency Humanitarian Response to the El Nino in Zimbabwe

 In the face of the El Nino induced drought in Sub Saharan Africa,  communities have to raise their vigilance against WASH related diseases. Action Contra la Faim has invited Africa AHEAD to partner once again to use the CHC approach to mitigate against emergencies, so as to avoid a cholera outbreak such as the one…

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New Self Supply Project in Zimbabwe
New Self Supply Project in Zimbabwe

In 2016, Africa AHEAD  in Zimbabwe completed some formative research initiated by Unicef  ESARO (East and Southern African Regional Office) working with Skat Foundation, a leading research organisation based in Switzerland.  This study evaluated the sustainability of Upgraded Family Wells (UFWs) which had been constructed over 20 years ago in Makoni and Buhera District, to…

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Gates Foundation approves additional support for Rusizi District
Gates Foundation approves additional support for Rusizi District

Powerpoint Presentation 2016 UNC Waterkeyn.J. Analysis of CHC in Rusizi The Randomised Control Trial which was supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been wound up and results are due to be published very soon by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA). The intervention has been running for four years since October 2012, when the…

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Understanding behaviour and choice in context: accessing local knowledge to enhance energy access and sanitation interventions”
Understanding behaviour and choice in context: accessing local knowledge to enhance energy access and sanitation interventions”

Amans Ntakarutimana and Nelson Ekane Presentation for World Water Week, Stockholm. August 2016 For full presentation click here 2016.08.23 Performance of CHC in transforming sanitation practices AN_NE KTH 2016 Introduction: There  is  a need to integrate policies and practices to prevent common and lifestyle associated diseases (CDs & NCDs) for healthy communities, socio economic development and…

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BBC reports on Community Health Clubs in DRC
BBC reports on Community Health Clubs in DRC

April, 2016 ‘The happiest people I have ever seen singing about a toilet!’ says the BBC reporter who captured a rare moment of optimism in this traumatized nation. Read the full story ‘Bawili’s story is quintessentially Congolese. In 1998, her husband was shot when rebels attacked their village. She fled with her children to Tanzania,…

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The power of Common Unity highlighted in TED Talks
The power of Common Unity highlighted in TED Talks

  The Community Health Model alters health norms and raises social capital levels by providing a platform for people to communicate new cultures of health. This, in turn, reduces disease incidence and prevalence. A public health professional with over ten years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating international health and development programs, Jason Rosenfeld began…

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Turning Waste into Value: AA presents at University of Dar es Salaam
Turning Waste into Value: AA presents at University of  Dar es Salaam

Identifying gaps and collaborative partnerships to advance sustainable sanitation training, research and implementation in Tanzania March 30-31st 2016  Centre for Continuing Education,   University of Dar Es Salaam  The Department of Water Resources Engineering at University of Dar es Salaam and Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Sweden initiated this dialogue as part of a SIDA…

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Africa AHEAD presentation at SuSanA Webinar
Africa AHEAD presentation at SuSanA Webinar

Please join us for a webinar on ‘Linking community initiatives for sanitation and health’ January 28th 2016 at 10:00 (UTC/GMT). Overview: Poor sanitation has serious implications for health including a large burden of diarrhea, which remains the second leading killer of children under 5 globally, and a large burden of intestinal worms. Improving access to…

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Africa AHEAD presents on the Sustainable Development Goals at the UNC Conference

The Annual Water and Health Conference hosted by the Water Institute at University of North Carolina, in the USA, has become a landmark of the year for international academics and practitioners working in developing countries. The conference this year remained as technical as ever, with many papers focused on hardware issues e.g. the water quality…

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Putting Women at the Centre of Development
Putting Women at the Centre of Development

Africa AHEAD is providing a four hour seminar as a side event on 7th October 2015. This will be facilitated by Dr. Juliet Waterkeyn who will provide an introductory session on the Community Health club Model and how it is an ideal vehicle for empowering women and ensuring that they are able to take control…

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