The concept of Community Health Clubs was first pioneered in Zimbabwe by Dr. Juliet Waterkeyn, in field trials from 1994. By 1995, proof of concept was assured with CHCs starting in three districts, and an NGO was started known as Zimbabwe AHEAD. This continued as a local NGO successfully demonstrating the resilience of communities in CHCs, whilst training other NGOs in the methodology.
The Founders of Africa AHEAD, Dr. Juliet and Anthony Waterkeyn has meanwhile started an International NGOs as a consultancy which was implementing through partners in 10 other countries. In 2015, the two organisations merged and became Africa AHEAD 0f Zimbabwe, headed by Executive Director Regis Matimati, whilst the Founders have retired but remain on the Board of Trustees.
Africa AHEAD Organisation
PERIOD OF OPERATION: 1994 ongoing
NUMBER OF STAFF: 45
NUMBER OF PROJECT: 19
NUMBER OF DISTRICTS: 14
CURRENT PARTNERS: Action Contre la Faim, Unicef, Oxfam, Christian Aid, Skat Foundaton
CURRENT DONORS: SIDA, ECHO, BHA, SHARE, ELRHA, AfDB, World Bank, DFID, UNICEF, START FUND, DRINK AND DONATE.
BUDGET FOR 2020/21: US$ 3,380,060
NUMBER OF CHCs 2020/21: 996
NUMBER OF CHC MEMBERS: 25,702
2020/21 TOTAL BENEFICIARIES: 2,197,742
1 Thurso Close, Eastlea, Harare, ZIMBABWE.
Executive Director: Regis Matimati
Tel: + 263 (0) 773 038 700
The year 2022, sees Africa AHEAD flying high, with projects throughout the country, and a strong role within Zimbabwe for the control of Covid 19, providing handwashing stations, heading health promotion campaigns, road shows, radio programmes as well as upgrading infrastructure at Health Centers around the county, and installing 22 solar powered piped water schemes in rural areas, using our Community Health Clubs to mobilise support and ensure sustainability.
Please click on individual programmes below or download the Annual Report for more details.