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Church Health Clubs saving not only souls but lives
Church Health Clubs saving not only souls but lives

With ongoing support through Unicef, Africa AHEAD is now working with 50 different church groups around the capital Harare, to spread the message of cholera prevention through handwashing with soap and general hygiene. Given that the Community Health Club approach uses the same tactic as religion  to organise its members, it seems appropriate that we…

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Super Wash CHCs in Papua
Super Wash CHCs in Papua

The Kilgina Super Wash Community Health Club in Papua New Guinea is proving to be every bit as active as the CHCs in Africa. Women enjoy doing projects together to improve their environment. They have assigned every Thursdays for the community and house clean up. They are starting a floower planting project along the roads…

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More Disaster for Zimbabwe as Cyclone makes Thousands Homeless
More Disaster for Zimbabwe as Cyclone makes Thousands Homeless

The Cyclone IDAI induced storm that caused heavy winds, flooding and landslides has caused devastating effects on the mostly Chimanimani district and other surrounding areas of Manicaland province.  Reports have it that a total of 98 deaths have occurred and at least 217 people are reportedly missing, 42 people are still marooned in other area…

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Training Community Health Workers supervisors in Rwanda
Training Community Health Workers supervisors in Rwanda

Joseph Katabarwa and Fausca Uwingabire (Africa AHEAD Country Directors) report on  a CBEHHP training in Rwanda in December 2018 The Sustainable Development Goal 6.2 focuses on safely managed equitable sanitation, hygiene for all and end open defecation focuses on the need for increasing the proportion of population using safely managed sanitation services, including a hand-washing…

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Power to the people of Papua New Guinea
Power to the people of Papua New Guinea

 Dr Aaron Tanner, working as a consultant for Transform International has just started  a CHC Pilot project in Madan Area, Jiwaka, Westen Highlands Papua New Guinea (PNG) – the first time this approach has been used to our knowledge  in this part of the world. “When I was asked to assist  the Madan Community Transformation Centre, a…

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Africa San Conference 2019
Africa San Conference 2019

Africa AHEAD combined with the World Bank to host a session at the Africa San Conference in Cape Town in March 2019 entitled Enhancing sanitation and hygiene investments for human development impact in Africa   The Water Global Practice of the World Bank Group has invested heavily in understanding the impact of sanitation and water…

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3. UNICEF funds AA for the Harare Cholera Response
3.	UNICEF funds AA for the Harare Cholera Response

Picking from the success of the initial cholera response project, Africa AHEAD was contracted by UNICEF and our first Program Cooperation Agreement (PCA) was signed to continue with the activities of the first project for 6 months until end of May 2019. The organization re-engaged the hygiene promoters, mobilized our vehicles and added more staff:…

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AHEAD Resource Centre
AHEAD Resource Centre

Zimbabwe AHEAD is all set to go ahead with the building of an AHEAD Resource Centre (ARC) to ensure the long term sustainability of the organisation and enable many of the skills which we have been desseminating to the community to be permenantly demonstrated at a easily accessible venue close to Harare. Co-founders  Anthony and …

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Africa AHEAD provides handwashing facilities to prevent spread of cholera
Africa AHEAD provides handwashing facilities to prevent spread of cholera

By Regis Matimati ( Country Director, Zimbabwe) Between October and November 2018, Africa AHEAD partnered ACF and lend a helping hand to the City of Harare in the fight against cholera in Harare. UNICEF chipped in by providing soap for Africa AHEAD to promote handwashing at the public WASH facilities in the Harare CBD. The…

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SDG 3. Good Health
SDG 3. Good Health

SDG 3 can be met in Community Health Clubs as we are able to prevent all diaseases which depend on safe hygiene, water and sanitation. The disease which are addressed in the Community Health Club Training include: Diarrhoea, Cholera, Malaria, ARI (Acute Respiratory Infections), Bilharzia, Worms, Skin Diseases, Eye diseases, HIV/AIDS, Malnutrition Epidemics can be…

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End Absolute Poverty
End Absolute Poverty

Please see the 5 x 5 AHEAD Challenge video We summarise our strategy to end poverty with the following equation: (SDG6) + (SDG 2) = SDG 3 Clean drinking water  and safe sanitation plus good nutrition makes for good health. SDG 3 + SDG 5 = SDG 8 Good health when combined with womens empowerment …

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Juliet meets Juliet – an insight into the sustainability of good hygiene
Juliet meets Juliet – an insight into the sustainability of good hygiene

The Founders Juliet and Anthony Waterkeyn went on their annual tour of the programme in Zimbabwe to see how the team were doing in Makoni District where the SKAT funded project was revamping CHCs and installing Rope & Washer pumps for a self supply water project.  However whilst the  technology was disappointing the CHC methodology…

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The sustainability of the Rope & Washer Pump
The sustainability of the  Rope & Washer Pump

Field Trip to Makoni District by CEO 6th December 2018 SKAT is supporting the introduction of locally fabricated Rope & Washer pumps in Makoni District and Africa AHEAD has been working with the communities to install around 60 of these new pumps, replacing the conventional upgraded family well which for the past 30 years has…

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Positive Evaluation of CHC programme in Zimbabwe
Positive Evaluation of CHC programme in Zimbabwe

The Vitol Foundation has expressed an interest in supporting Africa AHEAD in the next phase which will entail developing a three year strategy for 2019-2021. However, before they commit to an investment, they rightly identified a need for an evaluation of the CHC model and where better to assess whether ‘it works’, and whether it…

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European Union
European Union

1st Partnership Type of Partner: Funding  (with Big Lottery co-funding) Implementing Partner: Mercy Corps Link to more information  Dates of partnership: 2009 – 2011 Country: Zimbabwe District: Chipinge, Buhera, Chiredzi Type of Project: Food Security Objective of Project: To sustainably improve agricultural production and income for vulnerable households Number of Beneficiaries: 64,020 beneficiaries 2nd Partnership Type…

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Action Contra la Faim
Action Contra la Faim

Type of partner: Implementing Funding  Partner: EC Link to more information  Dates of partnership: Feb 2012 – January 2014 Country: Zimbabwe Districts: Gutu & Mberengwa Phase 1:  Name of Project: Type of Project: Health Promotion Objective of Project: Complete coverage in Community Health Clubs Number of Beneficiaries: 457 CHCs, in 429 villages 82,410 beneficiaries Cost of…

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Cholera breaks out in Zimbabwe
Cholera breaks out in Zimbabwe

Cholera breaks out in Harare, and  continues to spread. By 18 September 2018, there have been a total of 543 cases were reported from Harare City of which 102 were new cases while the others were identified retrospectively. No new case was reported from other parts of the country. Cumulatively, 4607 cases including 38 deaths…

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Growing Academic Frustration with Randomised Control Trials
Growing Academic Frustration with Randomised Control Trials

Fifteen leading economists, including three Nobel Prize winners, are fed up with randomized control trials (RCTs) determining the future of poverty alleviation [click here for the full article]. In August 2018 they banded together to speak out against what they call the “aid effectiveness” craze.  They are pushing back a growing trend to use the…

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GIZ and Lusaka City Commission keen to adopt CHCs
GIZ and Lusaka City Commission keen to adopt CHCs

With the recent shocking increase in cholera outbreaks in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia,  there is a renewed determination by Ministry of Health and Lusaka City Council to address the obvious hygiene and sanitation challenges that towns and cities across Zambia have been facing over many years.  They are  keen to learn from the successful…

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Prof. Sandy Cairncross steps down from the Chair

Prof. Sandy Cairncross, the founding Board Chairman of Africa AHEAD since 2013, handed over the baton of Chairmanship to Prof. Richard Carter in November 2017.   During the first 5 years of our existence Africa AHEAD has come from being an insignficant  indigenous NGO in Zimbabwe with a good idea, to an international NGO based in…

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