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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 

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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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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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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