PROGRAMS

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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Cholera Mitigation through CHCs in Manicaland Zimbabwe: Final Report 2014

Final Report submitted to USAID Grant Number AID-613-G-12-00001 Complied by Andre Muringaniza, Regis Matimati & Juliet Waterkeyn May 2014 Click here for Full Report 

Introduction to CHC AHEAD – Data Monitoring & Evaluation
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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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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Urban Health Clubs in Harare clean up a dirty city

Medicine Sans Frontier  2015 Year End report Download the full report: MSF 2016 Project Overview MSF-Belgium aims to improve access to drinking water for people living in the high density areas and outskirts of Harare and as such tries to reduce outbreaks of water-related illnesses. A basic amount of lifesaving portable water will be offered to people…

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Self Supply Study to start in Zimbabwe
Self Supply Study to start in Zimbabwe

  UNICEF’s East & Southern Africa Regional Office – ESARO together with SKAT Foundation in Switzerland who act as the Secretariat of the Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) have jointly contracted Africa AHEAD to undertake a detailed study of Self-Supply in Zimbabwe.  ‘Self Supply’ has come to mean  how rural householders can get  safe drinking…

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High Level political support for Community Health Clubs in Rusizi District
High Level political support for Community Health Clubs in Rusizi District

Rusizi District is the site of a Randomised Control Trial being conducted by Innovation for Poverty Action, supported by the Gates Foundation. The intervention was completed this year and it is now the sustainability of the programme which is being monitored. The project is to be a demonstration of the classic model of the Community…

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Rwanda Africa AHEAD 2015 Annual Report

The Annual Report for July 2014  – June 2015 has now been submitted to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2015 08 02 Annual Report Rusizi April 2014 – March 2015_AN-JK-4_JW_AJW-1 (1) Executive Summary This report highlights activities and achievements implementing the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme (CBEHPP) in Rusizi District from April 2014 to…

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Monitoring Hygiene Behaviourand improved health outcomes in Rusizi District

In Rwanda, the methodology referred to internationally as the ‘Community Health Club’ Model has been  embeded into the Community Based environmental Health Promotion Programme (CBEHPP). The intervention is  being implemented by MoH, assisted by Africa AHEAD,  working in close collaboration with Local Government at district level and below. Through this project, EHO’s and CHW’s receive adequate…

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