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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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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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