Tag : Health Clubs

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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‘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

“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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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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‘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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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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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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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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Cholera Mitigation through Community Health Clubs: Zimbabwe 2012-2013

Donor: USAID  (direct funding) Districts: Mutare, Chimanimani and Chipinge Number of Project Wards : 23 Number of beneficiaries: 811,451 Number of CHC Members: 15,911 Cost of Project: US$ 506,316 Cost per Beneficiary:  US$2.34 Start and end Date:  October 2012- September 2013   Goal: To improve hygiene and sanitation practices and to sustainably reduce the risk…

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Stakeholders impressed with Bindura Town cleanup

Morgan Haiza, Project Manager, Zim AHEAD 12th June, 2013 The stakeholder monitoring exercise from the 29 to the 30th of May 2013 was aimed to assess progress in the implementation of water and sanitation and hygiene education UNICEF funded programme in Bindura. This exercise was brought about by stakeholders’ request that they needed to establish what…

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Value for Money: highly motivated communities build 7,771 unsubidized latrines in one year

CASE STUDY: Zimbabwe: Community Health Clubs deliver Hygiene + Total Sanitation @ $4.42 pp June 2013 Source: December 2012 Project Report Zimbabwe AHEAD/ACF, Cecilia Chinhengo / Juliet Waterkeyn Blanket coverage: This Community Health Club project was implemented by Zim AHEAD, in partnership with ACF in 429 villages, within 11 wards of Gutu and Mberengwa, Masvingo…

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Community Based Facilitators: Multi-tasking Rural Mums

May 2013, Zimbabwe. Juliet Waterkeyn Known as Community Based Facilitators (CBF’s) the role of  these wonderful women, and sometimes men,  who are the back bone of the Community Health Club model should receive more recognition. They are volunteered by their community to be the selfless people who are going to lead their village out of…

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29 tons of solid waste shifted by CHC members

Patty Determan May 2013 In November 2012, a new program was launched  as part of the UNICEF Urban WASH Fund from DFID. ACF partnered with Zimbabwe AHEAD in Chipinge Town, and the project is now managed by Project Officer, Rangandu Mushipe. After six months the Chipinge Urban project now includes 10 school clubs, 12 market…

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Building trust between council and residents of Bindura Town

Patty Determan May 2013 Acute outbreaks of cholera and typhoid linked to poor water and sanitation in urban areas of Zimbabwe claimed more than 4,000 lives between 2008-2009, one of the worst outbreaks seen in Africa to-date. In order to mitigate these life-threatening diseases, DFID launched the fund for an urban  WASH programs  to clean…

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Evolution of CLTS in Sierra Leone

How to evolve CLTS was the challenge  we were given. CLTS was first introduced into Sierra Leone five years ago in 2008, and Unicef has been  coordinating implementing partners here  to an impressive degree with a frenzy of triggering across the country. However, despite the mushrooming of latrines, there has been doubt as to the…

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