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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 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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Phase II of CHC / Self-Supply funded by SKAT Foundation.
Phase II of CHC / Self-Supply funded by SKAT Foundation.

SKAT Foundation  based in Switzerland acts as the Secretariat of the global Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) which  has an interest in researching and promoting various low-cost rural water supply technologies that are grouped under the term  ‘Self-Supply’.  Africa AHEAD has been implementing ‘self supply’ as a matter of course for many years as families…

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CAWST Adopts the CHC model for achieving their vision of ‘Healthy Homes within Healthy Communities’
CAWST Adopts the CHC model for achieving their vision of ‘Healthy Homes within Healthy Communities’

CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies) that is based in Calgary, Canada has adopted the CHC model for achieving sustainable hygiene behaviour change.  This followed an inspection visit by CAWST’s CEO, Shauna Curry and Chairman and chief funder, David O’Brian, who spent several days visiting AA’s projects and CHCs in action in Zimbabwe…

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Evaluation of the efficacy of CHCs to stimulate self supply of upgraded family wells
Evaluation of the efficacy of CHCs to stimulate self supply of upgraded family wells

In 2016, Africa AHEAD in Zimbabwe completed some formative research initiated by Unicef ESARO (East and Southern African Regional Office) working with Skat Foundation, a leading research organisation based in Switzerland. This study evaluated the sustainability of Upgraded Family Wells (UFWs) which had been constructed over 20 years ago in Makoni and Buhera District, to…

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2017 Annual Report
2017 Annual Report

Click here to download the latest Annual Report 2016-2017

Anthony Waterkeyn takes over as CEO of Africa AHEAD
Anthony Waterkeyn takes over as CEO of Africa AHEAD

As I take over the reins of running Africa AHEAD, from my wife Dr. Juliet Waterkeyn, who retired as founding CEO at the end of 2017,  I will  continue the work we started together in Zimbabwe 22 years ago. I am  delighted to accept this challenge of ensuring that our joint endeavours to promote the…

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Presentation of how CHCs can be used to achieve SDGs
Presentation of how CHCs can be used to achieve SDGs

In July 2018,  the International Rescue Committee (IRC) invited Dr. Juliet Waterkeyn, Director of Monitoring and Training for Africa AHEAD, as  guest speaker at their monthly global video conference for their health professionals stationed in many countries across Africa. Download the presentation. 

Self-Supply Water improvement project
Self-Supply Water improvement project

In 2017, Skat raised funds from ZH2O/Drink&Donate to partner with Africa AHEAD to kick start the Self Supply Programme again in Zimbabwe with a pilot project. This consisted of 60 Upgraded Family Well in a six month programme costing US$35,000, including all management costs. This pilot has provided water to a household at US$563, or…

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CEO of Africa AHEAD delighted by the CHCs in Haiti
CEO of Africa AHEAD delighted by the CHCs in Haiti

A major failing in the current WASH programme in Haiti today is that although ‘safe’ drinking water may be coming out of the tap, hand-pump  or  Bio San Filter outlet,  re-contamination is clearly still a huge challenge, because of poor handling and storage of drinking water so that  the water is not ‘safe’ at all by the…

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Haitian CHCs: the magic of solidarity – how making wine brings a community together!
Haitian CHCs: the magic of solidarity – how making wine brings a community together!

At the annual UNC conference which attracts the great and the good in the WASH sector annually in North Carolina for a week of sharing experience in the WASH Sector, the most interesting people I met were  two ordinary non academics  who were to me the most extraordinary  people in the conference…. Jude Francois and Marie…

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Low cost-high Impact: Hygiene Behaviour Change in Vietnam in Community Health Clubs
Low cost-high Impact: Hygiene Behaviour Change in Vietnam in Community Health Clubs

Juliet Waterkeyn and Nguyen Huy Nga ABSTRACT Vietnam is the first country in Asia to use the Community Health Club (CHC) Model of development in a pilot project by Ministry of Health in 3 Northern provinces in Son La, Phu Tho and Ha Tinh districts. The CHC Model was originally developed in Africa (Waterkeyn, 2010)…

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3rd CBEHPP National Workshop
3rd CBEHPP National Workshop

“Sharing experience and learning in the implementation of CBEHPP” Hotel Umubano, May 25th and 26th, 2017 Kigali, Rwanda Organised by Ministry of Health, WaterAid and Africa AHEAD. For full CBEHPP Workshop Report click here The Ministry of Health launched the Community Based Environmental Health PromotionProgramme (CBEHPP) in 2009 and invited all development partners to actively…

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CHCs help people resettle in war torn DRC
CHCs help people resettle in war torn DRC

Reported by the Swift Consortium / Tearfund Fikiri Madisi, age 42 and father of nine children is a teacher. “On the return from our displacement camps, we had no toilets and bathrooms or clean water,” he reports, remembering his early return to Congo after a decade of refuge life. Fikiri lives in Mwandiga, a small…

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A case study of integrated population, health & environment (PHE): Rwanda and DRC (2014-2015)
A case study of integrated population, health  & environment (PHE):  Rwanda and DRC (2014-2015)

INVESTIGATION ON CHC APPROACH A case-control study and a cross-sectional study have been conducted in Rwanda and DRC respectively during the period of 2014-2015. The purpose was to investigate on the potential contribution of the CHC approaches to reduce hygiene related diseases and malnutrition (environmental and practice related). A case control study in Rwanda –…

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World Vision: Report on CBEHPP in 10 districts
World Vision: Report on CBEHPP in 10 districts

A presentation by Julius Othello at the 3rd CBEHPP Workshop 26th May 2017 World Vision is a huge Christian NGO which has been in Rwanda since the genocide in 1994 and was now working in 22 out of 30 districts with an annual budget of 4.3 million dollars in the previous year. Would they be…

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WaterAid / University of Rwanda paper on CHCs
WaterAid / University of Rwanda paper on CHCs

Theoneste  Ntakirutimana (MSc) presenting an independent  study that had been done by the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda, for WaterAid on their project in six sectors in Bugasera, between 2010-2013. Click here to read the full paper: 2016-wateraid-cbehpp-effectiveness ‘Of course we saw great improvement,’ he said confidently, noting how malnutrition had been…

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USAID/ SNV Presentation: Gikuriro
USAID/ SNV Presentation: Gikuriro

The first presentation at the CBEHPP Workshop (25th May, 2017) was from the USAID funded INWA programme called ‘Gikuriro’, being managed by SNV. The presenter from University of Rwanda, Mr. Collins, shared the baseline  study where 2,592 households had been sampled, 24 per village. They had found that 33% of the respondents had heard of…

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The happiest people in the DRC
The happiest people in the DRC

A news team from the BBC visited one of the CHC started by Africa AHEAD/Tearfund and witnessed first hand the joy of communities, who despite war, pillage and rape are excited about a toilet! Click here to listen to the song they sing

Nyabeho village: their achievements in their own words
Nyabeho village: their achievements in their own words

In 2016 Nyambeho village was considered one of the most progressive villages in Rusizi District. In response to the training the Environmental Health Officer had successfully engage the village leadership and their dynamic village social worker had formed a Community Health Club which embraced everyone of the 111 households in the village. Within a year…

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