Districts of Malawi

Transform International 
Nyamanga Water User Association 

Area of Operation: Rumphi, Northern Malawi

Start of Project: April 2022

Number of Community Health Clubs: 11

Number of CHC members: 797 (May.3. 2022)

Number of Beneficiaries:  3,985 (Est. 5 per CHC member)

Last Updated: 19th April, 2022.

Main local Partner: Nyamanga Water User Association

Manager: Tablespoon Chirambo

Main Donor: Rotary 

Director: Nancy Gilbert

  1. Progress to date:

TRAINING BY AFRICA AHEAD 

July 2021: Planning a CHC: 30 trained to make a plan of action 
April 2022: Training in Monitoring and base line survey conducted 
 CHCs formed and registered. 
May 2022: Training of 11 Community based facilitators, 5 Health Surveillance Assistants and one EHT to start CHCs. 

  1. 19th April: Covid 19 & Handwashing 
  2. May 3rd:  Personal Hygiene & Skin diseases
  3. May 10th: ARI & ZOD 
 

Latest Malawi updates

Nkhamanga Water Users Association starts CHCs in Malawi

The 2022 online training is being attended by 20 participants from the Nyamanga Water Users Association in Malawi, funded by Transform International, with support from Niagra-on-the-lake Rotary Club. The participants are now in the implementation phase of the project. Having been trained in the theory of the CHC Approach in 2021, they then developed a Plan of Action later last year, conducted a base line survey in February 2022 before the CHC was trained and are now in the process of training the facilitators from 11 villages who will lead the community training. Each week the 11 facilitators, 3 Project staff and 6 Health Surveillance Assistants from the Ministry of Health meet online with Africa AHEAD  and are trained in the methods used to promote full participation of the audience.   The training is conducted in English by Dr. Waterkeyn and is facilitated locally by Tablespoon Chirambo, the Manager of the Nyamanga Water Users Association, who translates and ensured all the key messages are well understood. The group practices the participatory activities that they will then conduct in their own CHC, using the visual aids which they can download and print as part of the training package. The training for 16 out of  24 topics should be completed by the end of May, with the balance of 8 topics being done in August once the CHCs have completed the backlog of sessions. They must then conduct one of the topics each in their village. This weekly meeting is proving very effective in giving facilitators ongoing support and monitoring their progress in the field. It is exciting to see how the training online can be so easily  transferred to the field using this virtual contact on Zoom.   Within the first week of the training, all facilitators had started their own CHC in their village and had a combined registration of 1541 members of the CHC, so proving the effectiveness of online training as the project is being set up with minimal external support.

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Healthy Lives International 

Malawi Water Project 

Areas of operation:    Chioko, Northern Malawi

                                         Chikwawa, Southern Malawi

Period of operation: 2020

Number of Community Health Clubs: 3

Number of CHC members: 135

Number of Beneficiaries:  675

Last updated:  April, 2022.

Main local Partner: 

Main Donor: Rotary 

Director:  Helen Timofee

Country director: Sarah Falconer

Team: Field Coordinator, Office manager, Project Officer, 2 Biosand Implementers, 3 Community Health Promoters (1 in North and 2 in  South).

Website: www.malawiwaterproject.com  

Healthy Lives International is  a small organization that started in Malawi in 2011 with the objective of  bringing clean water to villagers. We began with training a group of villagers how to construct and follow-up on the household biosand water filter and how to train villagers on water, sanitation and hygiene. We focused on 8 parameters of a healthy home and went into the villages who were interested in working with us. We would hold a WASH meeting in the village to introduce them to the filter and the 8 basic parameters of a healthy home. If they were interested in paying a nominal amount for their filter and were interested in making changes in their homes we worked with those villagers. This worked well for the homes we were working with but  when we learned about the Community Health Club model, we felt that this would be more effective because of the support that villagers could give to each other.

We also learned that fixing one broken borehole could provide clean water to approximately 100 families or 500 people in 2019 we sent our staff on a training course to fix broken water wells. The community has to sign and contract and repay us for the parts that are used. We provide the labor and transportation to the village for the staff and parts, food and accommodation for the staff when they are in remote areas.

We closed down the biosand construction program in the North and are focussing our energies on constructing filters in the South Region, creating CHC’s in both North and South regions and repairing boreholes wherever we are needed.

Along with the local Malawi staff, Sarah Falconer is our Volunteer Country Director who has made her home in Malawi. We work through an Agent in Malawi, the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi to administer the Project.

Our annual budget is about $95,000 USD and we get money from individual donors, some from Malawian NGO’s and some from organizations such as Rotary.

 

Progress to date:

4th – 11th October 2020: Attended Africa AHEAD online training for Introduction to the CHC approach
4th Nov – 14th Dec 2020: 14 HLI trained in Planning of CHC Project

July 2021: Registration of CHC members in North and South 

October 2021: CHCs completed training and graduated

Jan 2022: Flood in southern Malawi in project area affecting CHCs 

We are a small organization that started in 2011 to bring clean water to villagers. We began with training a group of villagers how to construct and follow-up on the household biosand water filter and how to train villagers on water, sanitation and hygiene. We focused on 8 parameters of a healthy home and went into the villages who were interested in working with us. If they were interested in paying a nominal amount for their filter and were interested in making changes in their homes we worked with those villagers. We would hold a WASH meeting in the village to introduce them to the filter and the 8 basic parameters of a healthy home. This worked well for the homes we were working with but  when we learned about the Community Health Club model, we felt that this would be more effective because of the support that villagers could give to each other.

We also learned that fixing one broken borehole could provide clean water to approximately 100 families or 500 people in 2019 we sent our staff on a training course to fix broken water wells. The community has to sign and contract and repay us for the parts that are used. We provide the labor and transportation to the village for the staff and parts, food and accommodation for the staff when they are in remote areas.

 

We closed down the biosand construction program in the North and are focussing our energies on constructing filters in the South Region, creating CHC’s in both North and South regions and repairing boreholes wherever we are needed.

 

Our staff positions are:

1 Field Coordinator

1 Office manager

1 Project Officer (responsible for managing the borehole repair program and helping with filters)

2 Biosand Implementers (responsible for the filter program and borehole repair)

3 Community Health Promoters (responsible for working along with Government Health Surveillance Assistants and villages to set up CHC’s, follow-up on biosand water filters and follow-up on the 8 parameters of a healthy home with the beneficiaries of the filters). We have one CHP in the North and 2 in the South.

 

Along with the local Malawi staff, Sarah Falconer is our Volunteer Country Director who has made her home in Malawi. We work through an Agent in Malawi, the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi to administer the Project.

Our annual budget is about $95,000 USD and we get money from individual donors, some from Malawian NGO’s and some from organizations such as Rotary.

Our website is www.malawiwaterproject.com