Tag : Millennium Development Goals

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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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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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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Water Aid applauds Rwanda’s sanitation as continental leader

20 February 2013. by Alex Weber Kigali: Rwanda has become an African leader when it comes to providing its citizens access to safe sanitation, but its progress could stall if funding is not increased, a report by the international development charity Water Aid has found. Released on Wednesday, the report “Keeping Promises: Why African leaders…

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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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Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe calls for CHCs country wide

May, 2013. Zimbabwe.  Juliet Waterkeyn Community Health Clubs were first established in Zimbabwe in 1994, when the present Director of Zim AHEAD pioneered this approach in Manicaland. Although CHCs  have  been trickling along since then through various NGO initiatives, it has not been fully institutionalised into the government system, which for the past 13 years…

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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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Monitoring and Evaluating the Community Health Club approach in Rwanda

At a Conference convened in Seattle, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in November 2011, top experts discussed how to achieve ‘Impact at Scale’, in order to more effectively reduce infant and child mortality.  One of the key recommendations of the convening was the use of Community Health Workers in every village as a…

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CHCs take off in Rwanda

October, 2011 The training of Training in Rwanda for the scaling up of the CHC Approach was completed in November 2010, and since then the process has been rolling out across the country in an unprecedented fashion. Supported personally by a presidential directive from President Paul Kagame, the Environmental Health Department is jumping around establishing…

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GATES Foundation team visit Rwanda

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have been quick to recognise the importance of monitoring and evaluating the scaling up of the CHC Approach in Rwanda, through the Presidential Initiative which has directed everyone of the 15,000 villages  in the country to start CHCs, through the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme (CBEHPP). The latest…

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Rwanda in the fast lane, IRC sanitation field visit confirms

Thursday 11 August 2011 Around 30 percent of the national budget of Rwanda is made available to district authorities. This high share makes Rwanda a front-runner in Africa, Stephan Klingebiel and Timo Mahn, two German banking specialists write in the June 2011 edition of Development and Cooperation, Vol. 38.2011:6. In only a few years, the…

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12,000 CHCs formed in Rwanda

The Training of Trainers by Africa AHEAD for the Communited BasedEnvironmental health PromotionProgramme in Rwanda for the scaling up of the CHC Approach to national level was completed in November 2010. Since then the process has been rolling out across the country in an unprecedented fashion. Encouraged  by a Presidential directive from President Paul Kagame,…

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Towards EDPRS ideals: Water access, hygiene and sanitation in Rwanda give new hopes and opportunities

SUNDAY TIMES, KIGALI. Friday September 2, 2011 by Thomas Kagera Rwanda has committed itself to reaching very ambitious targets in water supply and sanitation, with the vision to attain 100 per cent service coverage by 2020. The importance of adequate water supply and sanitation services as drivers for social and economic development, poverty reduction and…

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CHCs take off in Vietnam

April, 2011 Vietnam is the first country in Asia to pioneer  the Community Health Club (CHC) Model of development to bring about hygiene behaviour change and improve sanitation coverage, adapting it to suit local cultures.  If sucessful,  Vietnam could lead the way as a powerful change agent for sound development in Asia ensuring that CHCs…

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President calls for CHC throughout Rwanda

RWANDA IS THE FIRST COUNTRY WORLD WIDE TO MAKE CHCS A NATIONAL INSTITUTION. His Excellency the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame,  launched the Hygiene and Sanitation Presidential Initiative (HSPI) in July 2010 and this has dramatically raised the profile of the Community-Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme (CBEHPP) that was officially launched on 17 December last…

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South Africa:KZN Case Study

This is a summary of the achievements of a pilot project which was using Community Health Clubs to promote hygiene behaviour change in  Kwa Zulu Natal, and shows that this is an effective methodology for sound development in rural South Africa South Africa KZN Rural Case Study

Creating demand for sanitation and hygiene through Community Health Clubs:

Waterkeyn, J. & Cairncross, S. (2005). Creating demand for sanitation and hygiene through Community Health Clubs: a cost-effective intervention in two districts of Zimbabwe. 61. Social Science & Medicine. p.1958-1970. Abstract: Unless strategies are found to galvanise rural communities and create a demand for sanitation, we cannot achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halving the…

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