Tag : Rural Areas

Directors visit to Rusizi District
Directors visit to Rusizi District

January,  2017. Following the results of the Randomised Control Trial, the Directors of Africa AHEAD visited Rusizi District in December 2017 to see for themselves if the Community Health Clubs had made any impact on hygiene in the 150 villages which were now all engaged in the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion  Programme. We visited…

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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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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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STARS visit to School Health Clubs

Report on field visit by Regis Matimati 3 August 2014. STARS support organizations that work with children in Health, Education, Protection and WASH in 3 global regions (the Americas, Africa- Asia and Latin America) and is offering awards to the most sustainable projects. We have passed the first selection of 277 applications and are in…

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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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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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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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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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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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International visitors from OXFAM visit Masvingo

01 December, 2011 Report by Morgan Hayiza   ZimAHEAD Project Officer. Oxfam staff from UK, Germany, Scotland and Zimbabwe had an opportunity to visit the Community Health Clubs and rehabilitated water points in Masvingo Rural District of Zimbabwe, where ZimAHEAD implemented an OFDA funded Water and Sanitation Project through OXFAM GB. The project ended in…

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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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WASH Response to Humanitarian Crisis in Zimbabwe

Masvingo Community Health CLlub Project Goal: To reduce the vulnerability of at-risk rural populations in rural Masvingo to Water and Sanitation Related Disease (WSRD) transmission. Objectives: 1)      To increase levels of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) knowledge, attitudes and practices through Community Health Clubs and School Health Clubs so as to decrease vulnerability to WSRD…

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Sing Song CHCs

August 2010. J. Waterkeyn CHCs are spreading rapidly in Africa, but the question remains, ‘Can they appeal to more sophisticated rural communities in Asia?’   How can we adapt the CHC methodology to suit this very different scenario. Since November 2009, when Ministry of Health (MoH) in Vietnam first decided to use the CHC Approach,  they…

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Vietnam :the first CHC Country in Asia

COMMUNITY HEALTH CLUBS TO BE STARTED IN VIETNAM In response to a strong request by the Ministry of Health, Danida agreed to sponsor the introduction of the Community Health Club (CHC) Approach, and the originator of the methodology, Dr. J. Waterkeyn (JW) was invited  to provide training and mentor local consultants so that  a pilot…

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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

Celebrating Ubuntu

Community Health Clubs Graduating in Umzimkhulu August 2009 In January 2009, 10 communities within Umzimkhulu, one Local Municipality within the Sisonke District, began training as members of Community Health Clubs (CHC), a new initiative piloted by Africa AHEAD for the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs’ (DWA) Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) program. This Government…

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Hygiene Behaviour change monitored in Umzimkhulu

BACKGROUND Umzimkhulu Municipality in Sisonke District of KZN was selected by the Department of Water Affairs to pilot this project that was initiated as part of the IWRM (Integrated Water Resource Management) programme being funded by the Danish Embassy (DANIDA). Umzimkhulu was part of the Eastern Cape until it was recently absorbed into Kwa Zulu…

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