Tag : Community Health

Webinar: Community Initiatives for Sanitation and Health
Webinar: Community Initiatives for Sanitation and Health

January 28th, 2016 RECORDING NOW ON-LINE SuSanA-SEI webinars funded by BMGF grantees https://youtu.be/b2FLqEC4wlI?list=PL0gMdVBup-4MCymOPomtqL_XYT5YtLTSK Webinar content: Improving access to sanitation and hygiene and changing behaviours can bring not only health benefits but also many other positive changes in a community, including social, economic and environmental gains. Deepening our understanding of the linkages between sanitation interventions and…

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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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2015 UNC: Sustainability though Community Organisation
2015 UNC: Sustainability though Community Organisation

SIDE EVENT:  Friday 30th October, 2015         UNC Water institute Conference, University North Carolina In seeking to improve our performance in the WASH Sector for the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, we should replicate and scale up a development model that has worked. Objectives of the seminar: To provide concrete examples of an integrated…

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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 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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Africa AHEAD 20 years on

This past year has been a momentous year for our organisation as it celebrates 20 years since the very first Community Health Club was established in Makoni District in Zimbabwe. This was part of an early pilot project to determine whether our innovative CHC   approach would achieve holistic development and the empowerment of women. Over…

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Apac Pilot Project of Community Health Clubs in Uganda
Apac Pilot Project of Community Health Clubs  in Uganda

December 2013 – April 2015 International Life Fund (ILF) wanted to expand the impact of Sanitation and Hygiene promotion within the communities  in Apac District where it has a Water Supply programme drilling boreholdes in 200 villages. ILF selected  the Community Health Club (CHC) methodology because of its success record in northern Uganda in the…

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Rwanda Head of Environmental Health interview on impact of CHCs

Interview with Dr. Joseph Katabarwa, Head of Environmental Health Desk Ministry of Health, RWANDA Interviewer: Lisa Nash, Executive Director, Blue Planet Network, www.blueplanetnetwork.org 6 May 2014 Lisa: How do you know Juliet and Anthony Waterkeyn of Africa AHEAD? Joseph: Anthony was the first person to work with us as a consultant when we were developing…

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CHCs support innovative urban sanitation scheme in Namibia

World Water Day in Outapi: festivities at the project location of CuveWaters The international research team of CuveWaters under the leadership of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research has reasons to celebrate: this year Outapi, the small town in northern Namibia, was officially chosen as the nationwide venue for the festivities of the World Water…

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Activities in Zimbabwe: 2013

Annual Report 2013: Regis Matimati (Acting Country Director, Zimbabwe) April 2014 Our Annual Budget was also the highest it has ever been at close to a million USD and our latest audit gave us a clean bill of health, which should encourage future partners.  The USAID project was particularly important as we were directly funded…

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20 years of Community Health Clubs

A Quick History: Giving Credit Where it is Due Dr Juliet Waterkeyn, CEO Africa AHEAD April 2014 This year we are celebrating 20 years since 1994 we first tried out my original concept of  a ‘Community Health Club’ to galvanise women into taking action to improve their own health and hygiene in their homes. I would…

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How do CHCs work? A description from the field

How do Community Health Clubs work? Our team in Zimbabwe were asked to describe how CHCs work. Their description is a fresh look at the whole process… This is how Regis Matimati, Director of Programmes describes the process…. ‘Here is how it goes. About 50-100 people staying in the same locality meet once weekly on…

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