PROGRAMS

Rwanda: Call to Roll Out ‘Green’ Drive Across All Districts
Rwanda: Call to Roll Out ‘Green’ Drive Across All Districts

Article from All Africa March. 2015 By Donah Mbabazi Stakeholders have agreed to extend the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme (CBEHPP) to all districts and further improve on ways of implementing its strategies on hygiene and general health. This was resolved during a meeting that brought together partners in the implementation of the programme with…

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Monitoring Hygiene Behaviour Change in Community Health Clubs in Rusizi District
There are 5 main objectives for this intervention in 3 years: To build capacity in MoH for cost-effective training of communities for hygiene behaviour change: Capacity of MoH has been built: 14 EHOs and 7 EHPs were trained to supervise the 100 Community Health Facilitators (known as ASOC) in each village. The M+E Officer at MoH...

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Village Network Africa Replicate CHCs

Village Network Africa Replicate CHCs by Anita Boling,  Director Using the Africa Ahead program materials, Village Network Africa (ViNA) trained 28 Community Health Club (CHC) volunteer leaders in the rural Kibaale district in Uganda in 2009. The leaders were elected by residents from 14 villages. Jihan Mandilawi, MPH and Anita Boling, RN, MSN, PhD trained…

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New website for registering CHCs

Africa AHEAD is committed to providing an institutional memory of any projects in Africa using Community Health Clubs. In order to coordinate an online community of partners who use this approach we have for the past year been supported by the Gates Foundation  to develop a website which will enable the  Ministry of Health real…

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Unicef solidly behind CHC scale up in Rwanda
Unicef solidly behind CHC scale up in Rwanda

In Kigali, this week, the Directors of Africa AHEAD met with the new WASH Manager for Unicef, Dr Malik, to discuss how to go about the massive training that is needed throughout Rwanda to complete the country wide coverage to all 15,000 villages before 2018. The Unicef team is currently supporting an extensive programme through…

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DRC project starts
DRC project starts

In March 2015, the long awaited  pilot project of CHCs in South Kivu, which is part of the Dfid funded SWIFT Project in DRC finally  got started.  Amans Ntakarutimana, Africa AHEAD’s Project Manager, has been working with the Tearfund team to get the project off the ground for over a year, since funding was first…

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Interview with New Country Director Rwanda

Mr. Joseph Katabarwa was until very recently Head of Environmental Health Desk, Ministry of Health in Rwanda.  He is  the key proponent of the CHC approach in Rwanda, responsible for building the national programme known as Community Based Environmntal Health Promotion Programme (CBEHPP). Together with the Director of Programmes, Anthony Waterkeyn, who was at the…

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New Country Director in Zimbabwe
New Country Director in Zimbabwe

It is  with great pleasure that we officially announce the appointment of Country Director in Zimbabwe as from January 2015. The founding Executive Director for Zim AHEAD, Dr. Juliet Waterkeyn who has been steering the Organisation from a distance for many years, is now CEO of Africa AHEAD, and is standing down in Zimbabwe. At…

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National Workshop to Scale up CHC in Rwanda
National Workshop to Scale up CHC in Rwanda
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 (90%) of the 14,841...

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Gates Foundation Sanitation Partners Workshop, Hanoi.
Gates Foundation Sanitation Partners Workshop, Hanoi.

24th -29th  January 2015 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) hosted 70 representatives from partner organisations across the globe that they are currently funding.  This six-day workshop that took place in Hanoi, Vietnam (24-29 Jan) has the recurring theme:  Building Demand for Sanitation (BDS).  Africa AHEAD was represented by the Director of Programmes, Anthony…

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‘Its time we focused on the Community’ says Minister of Health for Zimbabwe
‘Its time we focused on the Community’ says Minister of Health for Zimbabwe

Minister Visit to Chigure CHC April 2014 Dr. David Parirenyatwa, the Minister for Health and Child Welfare  in Zimbabwe comments on a visit to a Community Health Club in Chipinge District. He came  to see for himself the claims of Mr Goldberg Mangwadu, the Director of Environmental Health Services who believes that Manicaland is ahead…

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Africa AHEAD’s new Country Directors in Zimbabwe and Rwanda
Africa AHEAD’s new Country Directors in Zimbabwe and Rwanda

Africa AHEAD  has grown from the bottom upwards since 1999 when we first started as a Trust in Zimbabwe. In 2005 we registered in South Africa, a middle income country, so as to replicate  regionally based out of Cape Town. When our main programme became  based in Rwanda we also registered in that country as a…

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Minister of Health called for CHCs nationwide in Zimbabwe
Minister of Health called for CHCs nationwide in Zimbabwe
Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa Visits  Community Health Club in Chipinge District, Manicaland, Zimbabwe 11th April, 2014 In the Water Policy of 2013, the Government of Zimbabwe directed that every village should have a functional Community Health Club (CHC) that seeks to empower communities to take full responsibility in preventive health....

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CHCs to start in DRC

Extract from SWIFT Consortium Weekly Newsflash – 5 February 2015 Click here for link The SWIFT Consortium aims to deliver sustainable access to safe water and sanitation and encourage the adoption of basic hygiene practices in DRC and Kenya. It is funded with UK aid from the British people. The Tearfund team in DRC has completed one gravity-fed water…

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CHC Training Hub in Rwanda
CHC Training Hub in Rwanda

Africa AHEAD is now launching monthly training courses for  those applying as individuals as well as group workshops for  NGO staff who need training in the CHC Model. Training Modules are  designed to strengthen individuals and organisations currently engaged in or wanting to  implement the CBEHPP or CHC both in Rwanda and in other developing countries….

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Local Leaders support district CHCs

Report on a meeting with Local Leaders in Rusizi District on sustainability of CHC activities by Joseph Katabarwa, Country Director, Africa AHEAD Rwanda 22nd January, 2015 Hygiene behavior change is a process which cannot be achieved immediately. It is only by constant reinforcement and monitoring that the CHC members will all reach the required standard….

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The Joy of a CHC Graduation

I came to witness the first of the Graduation Days organised at village level in Rusizi District, in Rwanda in the deep south, a remote area on the border with DRC and Burundi – the dark heart of Africa. A ‘Graduation Day’ is the standard CHC event at the end of six months of weekly…

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Apiculture at Schools in Gokwe North, Zimbabwe

6th  Oct – 7th  November, 2014 Zim AHEAD staff conducted a training on Apiculture for 250 Community Based Facilitators and 4 School Health Masters and 3 School Development Committee members drawn from 5 wards trained in Gokwe North for ADRA Japan. In fact the same group of Community Based Facilitators had already been trained  in 2011…

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School Health Clubs for Menstrual Hygiene

2nd – 6th June 2014 : School Health Masters Training ZimAHEAD trained 20 teachers and 13 EHTs with support from SNV in Masvingo District supplying our newly  developed Menstrual Hygiene Management tool kit which made it possible for participants to engage in communication around sensitive hygiene issues. The training was also attended by district officials from the…

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USAID Agriculture and Food Security Programming in Zimbabwe

Poverty Reduction and Food Security – Livestock Development (PRFSVLD) Program. p.17. ‘In June 2013, USAID/Zimbabwe initiated two five year development food aid programs, Amalima and “Enhancing Nutrition, Stepping Up Resilience and Enterprise” (ENSURE).  These programs, implemented by CNFA and World Vision respectively and their consortia partners, work with Vulnerable households in ten districts in Manicaland, Masvingo,…

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