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DAPP Zimbabwe phase-out the Community-WASH Project in Zimbabwe 

 

The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for Manicaland Province, Honorable Mandiitawepi Chimene officially handed over the   1.5 million USAID funded Community Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Natural Resources Management project (C-WASH) project which has improved the health of 53,000 Zimbabweans from Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutasa, and Nyanga.

 

In a speech read on her behalf at the project closeout event held Sherukuru Secondary School in Mutasa Minister Chimene commended DAPP Zimbabwe’s timely implementation of CWASH saying "the project which is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6, (CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION) identifies with the needs of the most needy in the rural areas of the province through efforts targeting strengthening the community’s capacity in areas of Water management, sanitation and hygiene management and Natural resources management”.  She praised the Training for Transformation initiative saying it not only develops a sense of ownership and responsibility among community members but ensures sustainability of the project beyond the funding period.

 

C-WASH is a USAID-funded activity to improve the health and nutrition status of Zimbabweans by addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges. Through C-WASH, USAID and DAPP Zimbabwe assisted communities to rehabilitate 237 community boreholes, establish 90 water pumps, construct 350 cattle drinking troughs, and conduct water quality testing on 327 boreholes and wells. The project supported the construction of 20 latrines at 20 schools using a new design that meets the needs of girls and boys and people with disabilities. C-WASH also supported 1 120 families to build latrines at their homesteads. In total, 53 000 Zimbabweans now have access to clean water and sanitation facilities. C-WASH was implemented from 2015 to 2017 in four districts: Chimanimani, Chipinge, Mutasa, and Nyanga. 

 

 

These achievements were highlighted by beneficiaries who shared their most significant change stories at the event.  Notable was the impact of the project on pregnant mothers who now have ready access to clean and safe water, enabling hygienic environment and improved sanitation facilities. “Visiting the swat-hole toilets was an unbearable experience for expecting mothers while walking long distances to fetch clean water was equally painful.   We are grateful to DAPP Zimbabwe for bringing better toilets with raised seats that make it easy to use during pregnancy” said Melania Ziyambe of Mugari Village in Chipinge.  She added that the C-WASH project also eliminated chances of their new born children catching diseases as they now have access to clean and safe water.

 

Students from Sherukuru Secondary school expressed their gratitude to DAPP Zimbabwe and USAID saying their new toilet facilities were designed to cater for disabled students as well as their menstrual hygiene needs. “We are happy with our new toilets that allow us comfort while we are going through our menstruation period. We really appreciate that some of our disabled classmates will be able to also use the toilets without assistance” said the school Head girl. 

 

 Addressing the same gathering DAPP Zimbabwe Chairman Ib Hansen, said “Clean water and sanitation are essential for human health and nutrition, food security, and economic growth. We are proud to work in partnership with these communities to improve sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in a way that will be sustainable over the long term.” He added that water remains a finite resource that needs conservation and called on the 53,000 beneficiaries to continue protecting and conserving water through upholding the principles and best practices they were taught by DAPP Zimbabwe and Zim-AHEAD.

 

USAID Zimbabwe shared their joy with the communities for the successful implementation of the project and reiterated their commitment to the people of Zimbabwe. USAID Zimbabwe Acting Mission Director Julie Nenon said: “USAID stands with the people of Zimbabwe to enable families to live healthier and more resilient lives. The successes we celebrate today have been made possible by the unity and hard work of the men, women, youth, and leaders in these communities.”

 

 

Running under the theme "C-WASH for sustainable water and sanitation facilities for communities", the event brought together over 1,000 community members from the four districts (Chipinge, Chimanimani, Mutasa and Nyanga), government officials, Schools, USAID staff, other implementing partners and above all the beneficiaries to celebrate the achievements of C-WASH project.

 

DAPP Zimbabwe and USAID remain committed to make achievable the UN SDG 6 goal whose vision is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strengthening TB case finding in Mining Sector of Southern Africa

Equipping field staff with communication material under TB in the Mining Sector in Southern Africa Programme

June 2017, Machava, Mozambique. ADPP Mozambique, a Stop TB Partner, is undertaking active TB case finding covering a population of 214,000 mineworkers, ex-mineworkers, their family members and their communities with the aim of reducing the TB burden in Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zambia.

 

In June 2017, 134 community outreach workers across eight countries have been provided with communication materials including a programme manual for outreach workers to refer while they work and flipcharts that helps provide key messages in a story form.  Information pamphlets on TB, patient pamphlet to guide TB patients and posters with key TB messages including signs and symptoms, TB/HIV etc are also progressively being rolled out to the countries. This will assist community outreach workers in their intensified case finding tasks and create awareness on TB and HIV/TB in the communities where the miners live. These materials have been designed specifically for this project and are tailored to the information needs of mining communities. The material will also serve to ensure the standardization of messages being disseminated amongst similar communities across eight countries.

 

The development of these materials involved a close partnership between ADPP Mozambique and another Stop TB partner, TB Alert, thanks to funding from The Global Fund and with input and feedback from important stakeholders including the Wits Health Consortium and the WHO Civil Society Taskforce on Tuberculosis. Olga Guerrero from ADPP and Sameer Sah from TB Alert, who were involved in developing the material had to consider field realities, differing languages and cultures in the design process. The material was field tested in Mozambique before being finalized and published in various languages, including patient pamphlets and general information pamphlets in English, Portuguese and ten other local languages, to serve the needs in ten countries covered under the TIMS project.

 

 

Kesegofetse Gaolebe, one of the outreach worker from Francistown in Botswana said, “The colours and images in the material now make it easier to provide key messages in an interesting way that local communities find easy to understand. I am sure that this will make a big positive difference in the way we communicate with communities.” 

Access to water is transforming lives in Monze, Zambia

 

DAPP Zambia is increasing access to clean water in the lacking and dry parts of Zambia. This is done through mainstreaming water, sanitation and hygiene education in Monze district. The community based safe water provision efforts are covering 164 villages with a combined population of approximately 44,300 people. 

The current evidence indicates that water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population and the amount is projected to rise. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition. Sub-Saharan Africa and Zambia specifically are in need of support to ensure access to water and sanitation for all – Sustainable Development Goal 6.

We share with you the story of Basilia Mwiinga one of our Child Aid Monze project beneficiaries on how access to water has impacted positively on her life and that of her family. 

Enjoy her story!

 

 

“My name is Basilia Mwiinga and I live with a family of 12 at Kayobolola village of Moomba Ward in Monze District Southern Province of Zambia. 

I have always been passionate about gardening, but I was unable to succeed because of the scarcity of water in my village, especially during the dry season. The main water source is about 5 kilometres away from my village and this posed a serious challenge when it come to accessing water for gardening during the dry season. The closer alternative source of water is a perennial stream which most years goes dry in July. This water challenge affects my yield almost every year. 

However, Child Aid-Monze drilled a new water point in our village. The new water point has brought so much change in my livelihood and for the entire village. It has also enabled myself to engage in gardening all year round without water challenges.

The new water point has not only reduced the distance to accessing water for drinking and other domestic uses, but has also enabled people to engage in gardening closer to their homes. This year I managed to plant more vegetables than any other year. I have so far planted 179 plants of rape, Chinese cabbage and tomatoes. On a weekly basis I have been able to raise K35.00 (Euro3) from the sales of vegetables. Part of the money I raise from vegetable sales is used to support my school-going children and the purchase of groceries and other household requirements.  

Finally, I would like to express my sincere thanks to DAPP Zambia for drilling the water point and continuous rehabilitation of old ones, through the Area Pump Menders, who took part in a training.” 

Child Aid Monze has constructed 16 new boreholes and rehabilitated 13 in the period ranging from January to December 2016. The on-site water quality testing was done for the 29 completed boreholes including the laboratory water quality testing. The rehabilitated boreholes enabled pupils to access safe and clean drinking water and facilitated gardening that improved their nutritional status and income from the sale of fresh vegetables. 

Through the WASHE – (Water and Sanitation Hygiene Education) meetings conducted, the community of Monze has gained knowledge and skills on good hygiene practices and the community has taken an active role to improve water, sanitation and hygiene at home. 

Humana People to People to which DAPP Zambia is a member, share the underlying factor that clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. 

The success of SDG Goal 6 will help to support vulnerable members of society in the developing countries with clean water supply and curb unnecessary loss of lives due to lack of better sanitation standards.

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The Long Walk to Prevention: Every Voice Counts

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Humana People to People South Africa Stand at the 8th SA AIDS Conference

 

The 8th South African AIDS Conference 2017 will be held from 13-15 June in Durban, South Africa. Humana People to People South Africa (HPPSA) will be part of the 8th Southern African AIDS Conference. The conference is a gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, people living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the epidemic.

The Conference theme: The Long Walk to Prevention: Every Voice Counts provides a unique opportunity to ignite everyone’s energy around HIV prevention relating to structural changes required for HIV/AIDS prevention in Southern Africa. This time around, the conference is designed to mainly bring back the human perspective hence the clarion call - every voice counts. 

According to Dr Sue Goldstein, Conference Chairperson, Southern Africa is in its strongest position yet when it comes to control of the AIDS epidemic, however there are a number of major gaps that still need to be addressed and plugged. She further says prevention has always been the poor relative of the epidemic. 

With the aim to assist in reducing the high number of new HIV infections in South Africa and linking high incident communities and key populations to HIV and TB prevention, care and support services, Humana People to People initiated an intervention called a Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE). TCE program does not only help to reduce the number of new HIV infections but also equips individuals with the tools they need to take control of the epidemic, break down the stigma that still surrounds the epidemics as well as to stop the spread of HIV. 

Founded on the ethos that “Only the people can liberate themselves from HIV”, TCE is currently the largest mobile HIV home testing and counselling unique approach in South Africa that runs in 5 provinces empowering communities to fight the challenges of HIV/AIDS and TB. The program reaches every single person in its operational area through door-to-door campaigns, individual counselling, and community mobilisation.

TCE recruits and employ community members to create development, train them as TCE Field Officers, Peer Educators and Counsellors that are responsible for carrying out campaigns of community sensitization about, and mobilization against HIV and AIDS. In the 8th Southern African Conference you can find the latest advances in basic sciences alongside an emphasis on how to be part of lasting change to prevent new infections.

Humana People to People an organization to which Humana People to People South Africa is a member has been actively involved with addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic since the turn of the new millennium. The TCE concept is now adapted to the demands of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets of Ending AIDS by 2030. The TCE thrust in South Africa as it is mostly in Southern Africa is to get many people diagnosed against HIV infection, get the ones infected enrolled on treatment and engage the people on treatment to adhere ARV drugs uptake until HIV viral  load is suppressed in their body system. Over 30 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, India and China have been impacted by the TCE program over the past almost 2 decades.

The TCE concept form part of how Humana People to People is contributing to the implementation and subsequent of achievement of the UN declared Sustainable Development Goals 3 of “Ensure healthy lives & promote well-being for all at all ages”. 

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June 2017

Uniting Actions to End TB in Mining Sector of Southern Africa

Tackling TB and Multi-Drug Resistant TB must be at the heart of global action against infectious disease. The burden of TB is too great and the need for new treatment is too urgent.

Humana People to People is taking action against TB in Southern Africa, India and China. We know about the close relationship between HIV and TB as a cause for concern in addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic. This realization called for integrating TB programming within the HIV and AIDS programs of Total Control of the Epidemic and HOPE Humana.

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