Africa AHEAD; Community Health Clubs: Women

Gutu’s Mufukus – helping community access clean water

Like so many communities in Zimbabwe, the people’s need for  safe water has been ignored for decades as Zimbabwe’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair. Boreholes are seldom maintained or rehabilitated.  People have to resort, like the elephants to digging for water below the sands. But this is not safe for human conspumption, as it is …

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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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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

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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Presentation of how CHCs can be used to achieve SDGs

See the full presentation 2018_-CHCs-in-SDGs_IRC_final The powerpoint shows how Community Health Club is like the engine of a train which can meet SDG targets, not only for water and sanitation (SDG 6), but also for the overarching objective of poverty alleviation (SDG.1.) in a step by step process of community development. This presentation helped to convinced  …

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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

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

“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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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

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

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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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

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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2015 Annual Report

With the international endorsement of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, we expect that the holistic CHC development model used by Africa AHEAD may become one of the most practical ways of meeting a range of development objectives. We now have established two hubs in East and Southern Africa managed by Country Directors, Mr. Joseph …

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What are FAN

CHC members who have received their certificate for finishing stage 1 are able to join a ‘FAN Club’ (Food Agriculture and Nutrition). The group of around 50-100 CHC members who have ‘graduated’ are give a large communal plot by the village head near a communal water point. The FAN members clear the plot and prepare …

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