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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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How Beekeeping sustains Community Health Club members in Zimbabwe

Background In 2014, Africa AHEAD (ZimAHEAD) partnered with ADRA Zimbabwe to train 250 Community Based Facilitators as well as Ward and  District level government officials in Wards 8, 9, 33 and 34 including 8 schools on starting and strengthening existing Community and School Health Clubs to scale up public health promotion. Bee keeping training was…

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“I taught my husband”
“I taught my husband”

“I taught my husband and children to follow everything I learned in the class. Another important thing I learned and practice is washing the hands before and after handling food and defecation.”

“Practising hygiene”
“Practising hygiene”
"I learned the importance of personal hygiene as well as the cleanliness of the surroundings, also to boil and cover the drinking water and keep it in a clean vessel. I use a clean dipper to take the water from the container for drinking. My children used to often get typhoid, diarrhea and vomiting and we...

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“Free from Malaria”
“Free from Malaria”

“My family was always suffering from malaria. Ever since I attended the training my family and I began to clean up the surroundings and made sure to empty the containers used for water collection-especially in the rainy season. Since then we are free of malaria. We have saved some money from the hospital expenses. Mosquito…

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“The life we are supposed to live”
“The life we are supposed to live”

‘I like the club because of the idea of bringing people together. You get ideas from this one and that one. So you learn everything. You  share your knowledge. I did enjoy it. Because to me it had a direction of the real life we are supposed to live’ – CHC Member, Zimbabwe

“Time for Fun”
“Time for Fun”

‘I like the club because of the knowledge you get there and the discussions we have in the lessons. I enjoy it when you answer questions. You have some time to laugh and have some fun.” – CHC Member, Zimbabwe

“Enjoying competition”
“Enjoying competition”

“After each of the sessions I wanted to learn more. So I had to complete all the sessions. I also wanted to compete with others actually to answer all those questions on the membership card.” – CHC Member, Zimbabwe

“I had to complete all the sessions”
“I had to complete all the sessions”

“After each of the sessions I wanted to learn more. So I had to complete all the sessions. I also wanted to compete with others actually to answer all those questions on the membership card.” – CHC Member – Gutu, Zimbabwe

‘I have to be presentable’
‘I have to be presentable’

“Really, I will stay there (at the CHC)  until I die. The health club keeps me fit because everyday I have to be presentable. When you meet me you have to know this is somebody in this world. So it keeps me smart and keeps me healthy and fit.” – CHC Member, Mberengwa, Zimbabwe

“Deaths caused by Ignorance”
“Deaths caused by Ignorance”

“Well, at first I saw the hygienic practices being practiced in a certain area and I envied it. I also wanted to acquire health knowledge and practice the hygiene practices that I saw others doing. Also to teach my family and members of our village as some of the deaths are caused by ignorance of…

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“Unity with my friends”
“Unity with my friends”

I will continue to be a member.  I will continue to learn and I love to continue going to the club. The unity, the relationships, the knowledge… I want to continue acquiring these and having this unity with my friends.” – CHC Member, Zimbabwe

“Prevent disease before it reaches the people.”
“Prevent disease before it reaches the people.”

“As the Minister of Health and Child Welfare, I came here to see  the preventative aspect of health.  We tend to concentrate on hospitals  – that is where our efforts as Government have been. People have go to hospitals when they are already ill. Our idea here now (with the Community Health Club), is to…

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“Having respect is quite important”
“Having respect is quite important”

“I gained respect just from joining the club. Having respect is quite important because lots of people will come and I will be giving advice, and before joining the health club this didn’t happen.” – Zimbabwe CHC Member

Herbs Can Help

2008:   PHASA.  South Africa  Herbs Can Help   Dr. Juliet  Waterkeyn &   Josephine Mutandiro  Abstract:  With the terrible effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, medical services in rural areas of many developing countries cannot keep up with the demand for treatment. Where ARV and other drugs are scarce, herbal remedies can provide ‘first aid’ and alleviate the many…

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Cholera Prevention in Mutare

2009: Zimbabwe Case Study : Cholera Prevention in Mutare Most countries in Africa will fall short of meeting the MDG targets for the provision of water and sanitation due to lack of financial and institutional capacity (WSP-Africa, 2006). Although safe sanitation has been found to be the most effective single intervention in reducing diarrhoea (Esrey,…

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Rwanda National workshop for scaling up CBEHPP
Rwanda National workshop for scaling up CBEHPP

19th February, 2015 The Ministry of Health in Rwanda in line with the provisions of the  Third Health Sector Strategic Plan, is committed to ensuring that the  Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme (CBEHPP) started in 2010 continues to spread to every village in Rwanda in order to enhance safe sanitation and sustainable hygiene practices. To-date 13,472…

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