Mrs S Matava with broom in hand, demonstrating on effective refuse clearing. She also gave a talk on importance of proper refuse collection and disposal, and the building of relationship and roles and responsibilities between City Council Street Cleaners and Community Health Club Volunteers.More pictures on what Ward 8 Community Health Club Volunteers are doing, with City Council providing backstopping support. Together we can go beyond what we can imagine!
The water dept supported with visibility material in form of bibs and sun hats, work suits & gumboots from UNICEF. Supervisors and teams are in cloud nine right now. Rehab of toilets, as it looks now, will be completed sooner than anticipated. #Chiredziurban
Demand-led rural WASH projects have completely transformed the way of life in Zimbabwe, particularly Mutsvanga Village. Located in Manicaland province in Makoni District, Matsvanga village has a total amount of 21 households, 12 are male headed and 9 are headed by female.It is one of the villages that has undergone positive change in terms good health management through sanitation and hygiene awareness as a result of the WASH projects implemented. The WASH project in Matsvanga village was an initiative to counteract the negative effects brought about by practicing open defecation. Emphasis was on establishing an open free defecation zone.
Consequently, cases of diarrheal diseases reduced significantly, a platform for creativity and cross pollination of ideas pertaining to maintenance and improvement of WASH good practices was established in form of sub-committees that govern hygiene and sanitation in the aforementioned village. Development of various skills both WASH and non-WASH(presentation skills, communication skills, creative and many other skills) were ushered in by the various WASH trainings not withstanding the fact that the project has greatly impacted all age groups positively. Effectively, all these developments are evident in the village and were succinctly presented by Mutsvanga villagers to WSSCC visitors, Christian Care Zimbabwe(the ones implementing the WASH project) and other stakeholders and committees in WASH.
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council(WSSCC) is a global multi-stakeholder membership and partnership organisation that work with poor people, organisations, government and entrepreneurs to improve sanitation hygiene at scale. WSSCC provides funding through their Global Sanitation Fund (GSF).The GSF empowers people to make informed decisions to change their sanitation and hygiene and therefore choosing a healthier and more productive life for themselves and their children. The Government of Zimbabwe chose the Demand-led rural WASH project which was being implemented by Christian Care Zimbabwe to familiarise the visitors with how WASH projects are being executed in Zimbabwe. The main focus of the visit by WSSCC was on understanding developments taking place in Zimbabwe necessitated by WASH projects. Consequently, developments identified would facilitate the generation of more ideas on improvements and validate on the need to fund more similar projects on a National scale(Zimbabwe as a whole).A decision could be made based on the observations and analysis as to whether it is feasible or not to provide the Global Sanitation Fund to Zimbabwe.
A series of events occurred as part of the familiarisation process commencing with a meeting at Rusape City Council. The meeting’s emphasis was on providing updates on WASH activities as well as pointing out different roles of committees and sub-committees in WASH. Committees and sub-committees includes DWSSC, WWSSC, VWS, HCs, WPCs, and SAG.
People of Mutsvanga village gathered to host the visitors and share a piece of their experiences, reactions, and transformations as a result of the WASH project. Upon arrival visitors were welcomed with a song saying,”ndiko kuwirirana kwatakaita,dhodhi mugomba”.This was to tell the visitors that people in Mutsvanga village had agreed not to practice open defecation and build latrines. Presentations in form of drama succinctly demonstrated positive change from the days villagers practiced open defecation to the current where they started using latrines. Children and adults took part in the presentation to demonstrate the coverage of WASH projects. Villagers demonstrated how they lived before the project and a change after the project. To further elaborate what they learnt from thee WASH project, they modelled question relating to WASH and asking their fellow villagers who gave accurate responses. A quick tour to various homesteads to inspect the way the toilets were constructed followed afterwards. At the end of the ceremony, Clara Rudholm from WSSCC, the manager East and Southern Africa gave her comments based on her observations. She acknowledged the good work that is being done and thanked Christian Care for a job well done. Clara added on to that promising to return to Zimbabwe with her team and also to support WASH projects in Zimbabwe.
In conclusion, the visit yielded positive results and prospects of an increase in the scale of WASH projects.
Community Health Members in Mwenezi educating the people good hygiene practices
The district has to date completed the assessment of water points to be repaired. This has seen 60 boreholes being identified. The repair of these water points is in progress. To date 19 water points have been repaired with their headworks. The district has also witnessed 7 Environmental Health Technician (EHTs) being refresher trained on COVID-19, Participatory Health & Hygiene Education (PHHE), Protection against sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV). These have since cascaded this training to 30 Village Health Workers (VHW) that includes 18 women and 12 men. These have further disseminated the training to their respective villages as well. 51 Water Point Committees out of the targeted total of 60 water points were trained. The refresher course was vital as it has seen most water points updating their constitutions to comply with the prevailing standards in the country. The district has also distributed Non Food Items to the vulnerable households in a bid to prevent the spread of the corona virus amongst such people. This has seen 1 112 households benefiting from the package that includes a bucket with a tap, jerry can, 2 bars soap, 10 strips of aqua tablets and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) material.
Presentation by Cst Munetsi, Victim Friendly Unit ZRP Chiredzi HQ, beamoning community moral decadency resulting in several human’s rights abuses such as Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), Domestic Violence acts, etc as the Health Club (HC) members pay attention. #Health Hygiene Promoters workshop last day.
The Community health club is a vehicle that empowers the community to play an active role in deciding and implementing issues related to their health. The Club also affords the members the opportunity to become ‘Agents of Change’ who carry home and translate into action healthy habits and information they learn at the club and in this way influence others.The focus of the club is primarily on the health of the community with emphasis on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
Tucked away in the terrains of Mudzi District is Takurira Nhamo community health club led by a group of committed men and women. This is a rare situation where you also find men willing to devote some time and participate in dramas, songs and poems that have something to do with their wellbeing and health. Thanks to the WASH program by Christian Care the situation seems to have improved and the district has more than one health club who teach the communities on the importance of preventing COVID-19, typhoid, cholera, Malaria, good hygiene and sanitation among other topics. The communities have learnt to treat water, wash their hands and cover their faces with face masks in this Covid-19 era. The WASH program has taught communities and schools to have vibrant health clubs which will help in eradicating diseases if communities come together.Having these clubs have also improved installation of tippy taps(handwashing facilities )at many designated points and also spreading messages on good hygiene practices and Covid 19 preventive measures.