How Community Health Clubs empower women in Zimbabwe.

This video is an overview of many CHCs in different countries and how they have achieved many different things with the result of empowering women.

Africa AHEAD and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) held a side event at the Stockholm Water Week (2014)  which can be found at the above link.

The seminar provides a unique opportunity to understand the social psychology of the CHC Model as well as hearing first-hand examples drawn from case studies in Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Uganda, with similar examples of community led approaches in Kenya and Benin and debate as to whether the CHC Model is replicable at scale in other developing countries as we seek practical ways to ‘Fight poverty post 2015 by securing access to energy, food and water’.

The 5×5 Challenge Explained

Length: 4.41 minutes 

Aimed at programme managers and government officials, Co Founder Dr. Juliet Waterkeyn launches the Africa AHEAD 5×5 Challenge which aims to reach 5 million in the next 5 years, in 5 countries reducing 5 main killer diseases of under 5s. See how this can be done in your country.

Review: This is a carefully edited presentation which can be used for high level meetings, in English. 

The 5×5 Challenge

Scaling up the CHC Model 

Length: 20 minutes

Co-founder of Africa AHEAD, Anthony Waterkeyn provides his own insights as to why the CHC Model is holistic, sustainable and scalable, delivered at a side event of World Water Week (2014)

Review: This is a 20 minute lecture with no slides until the end so it is best for English speakers. 

What is a Community Health Club?

Length: 7 minutes

This is a visual overview of activities within a typical community Health Club. Africa AHEAD has started thousands of health clubs over the past 20 years and reached 1.5 million people in this way, assisting them to improve their own living standard.v

Minister of Health in Zimbabwe endorces CHC

Community Health Club Activities

length: 5.56 minutes

Infectiously jolly music against a collage of impressive photos of the inside of CHC kitchens, CHC venues, mapping, tippy taps, latrines and gardens… mainly facilities rather than people and an ideal introduction for a foreign audience.  Rating ****

CHC Activities

USAID model CHC Programme in Zimbabwe 

Length: 8 minutes

Zimbabwe AHEAD a local NGO, started 368 Community Health Clubs with 23,684 members in three districts of Zimbabwe. This initiative was funded by USAID-OFDA in 2012/13 to mitigate against the spread of cholera. The CHC approach was highly successful in getting a massive hygiene behaviour change from the community with 70% uptake of 20 recommended practices.

Review: The video is in Shona and shows CHC members constructing toilets and other facilities ehich is  a bit tedious for foreign viewers but maybe good for workshops

USAID programme in Zimbabwe

Use of Flash Cards for Training in Community Health Clubs

Length 2.5 minutes

Africa AHEAD has for the past twenty years been developing an extensive range of Visual Aids for training communities in good health and hygiene. These ethnographic illustrations are used in participatory (PHAST) activities which enable people to problem solve through visualisation.

Review: A nice short video of some of the most attractive illustrations for WASH training . This video shows some of the key messages used in Zimbabwe which are available from Africa AHEAD along with training for use in Community Health Clubs. Very useful video as it is short and attractive and can be used to break up a presentation. Rating *****

Use of Flash Cards

Zero Open Defecation in Zimbabwe 

Length: 14.59 minutes

Review: Women singing noisily while everyone arrives for a meeting. 3.00 A drama,11.14 a demo of a health session.

Review:  Whislt this video is amusing for Shona speakers, it is too long for foreign speakers. 12.23 women singing.. needs translation. Rating **

ZOD in Zim

How emergency Corona  Health  Clusters  (eCHC) support  the disabled

Length: 1.33 minutes

This video describes Africa AHEAD/ Unicef emergency assistence to disabled people in Zimbabwe to assist with Hygiene kits to protect against Covid 19.

Review: This is a testimony  by a disabled person so it verifies the programme but may be a bit boring for non project viewers as it is in Shona with English subtitles.

Assistig disabled during Covid 10 emergency

Emergency Response to Cyclone Idai

Length: 4.16 minutes

Africa AHEAD is featured on national TV, at the hand over of a number of houses water and sanitation rebuilt after Cyclone Idai decimated infrustructure in Chipinge District of Zimbabwe in March 2019.

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Review: The video is in journalistic  style with an interview with the Director of AFrica AHEAD but the quality of filming is not very good. Useful  mainly as verification of AA activity. 

Food and Nutrition Gardens in Zimbabwe

Length: 1.33 minutes

These women were in the eye of the cyclone which hit Chipinge district in Zimbabwe in March 2019. Thanks to working together in Community Health Clubs they have started a nutrition garden and can be seen here, in a time of Covid 19. Four months after Africa AHEAD completed the programme they sent us this amateur video,  a role play of CHC members explaining to their neighbours how they prepared the garden with fertility trenches to enrich the soil.

Review: The video is an inspiration in that it is a community effort to tell the world how they have survived. But being in Shona is best for local consumption.

Africa AHEAD on TV

Community Health Clubs in Rusizi District, Rwanda.

Length: 5.32. minutes

Nyambeho vilage, in a remote mountains of Rwanda has achieved the highest level of hygiene and nutrition in Rusizi District without any external support. We took this video to record in their own words what they have achieved in order to inspire other villages to use Community Health Clubs to develop their area.

Review: This video is clear and well edited and can be used for  promotional presentations as it is in English

Community Health Clubs in Rwanda

Dr Parirenyatwa Minister’s speech 

Length: 5  minutes

Published on May 18, 2015

The Minister of Health in Zimbabwe Dr David Parirenyatwa endorses the Community Health Club Approach after a visit to one of the project sites.This video records an important mile stone when the Minister of Health calls for more preventative projects rather than just investing in hospitals. He calls for the CHC as a study case for the whole country to learn from it. ‘Can we make it national?‘ The policy is then shown by Africa AHEAD Country Director.

Review: English Subtitles and easily understandable for foreigners.  Rating *****

What is a Community Health Club?

Monitoring Progress in Community Health Clubs 

Length: 3.19 minutes

Review: This is a brief introduction to the online CHC registry at shows the potential of this as a tool for monitoring the hygiene behaviour change of CHCs. It is in clear English and useful for pitching this website for other users. Rating *****

How to use the chcahead monitoring tool

School Health Clubs in Zimbabwe 

Length: 7.30 minutes

Published on Aug 4, 2015

In 2012 Zimbabwe AHEAD in partnership with Action Contra la Faim started 53 School Health clubs in Gutu and Mberengwa Districts of Zimbabwe with a total of 3,101 members, and 15,825 beneficiaries.

Review: Opens with kids singing and goes onto Mberengwa graduations with a good song. snap shots of school activities showing tippy taps , and the raucous song goes on too long. Needs subtitles. Rating ***

School Health Clubs