Africa AHEAD meeting the Challenge of Covid 19 Pandemic
As a group of African Public Health Practitioners we are well qualified to help communities manage the Corona Virus pandemic as it sweeps across our continent. WHO estimates up to 44 million people in Africa could be infected in 2020-2021 if containment measures fail, and up to 190,000 could die of COVID-19. We have a tool kit of visuals aids already developed and a team of exert facilitators to assist the population through Government and other NGOs in this fight for suvival. We have adapted our Community Health Club (CHC) approach to become emergency Corona Health Clusters (eCHC) whereby small groups of householders can form listening groups trained through radio broadcasts. For donors wishing to support these initiaties please contact us directly.
Empowered women through the AHEAD Approach
Empowerment of women against all disasters: 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, full of pride in their achievement, explaining to their neighbours how they prepared the garden with fertility trenches to enrich the soil. They want us to show the world how resilient they are.
Africa AHEAD meeting the Sustainable Development Goals
Applied Health Education and Development (AHEAD) is our tried and tested methodology for enabling communities to meet many of the SDGs through their own efforts in a sustainable and integrated programme. We use Hygiene as an entry point into Water and Sanitation Programmes (SDG.6) leading on to Food and Nutrition Programmes (SDG 2) which resulted in improved health and prevention of most common diseases (SDG.3). Good Health plus the means to sustain it i.e. a mother who has the skills to enable self sufficiency (SDG 8) which enables them with control over their own lives (SDG.5) results in Poverty Alleviation (SDG.1.).
Therefore our AHEAD formula for fuly empowering community is this:
(6+2=3) + (3+5=8) = 3+8=1 – Bad maths but good development!