Malabe border health post offically handed over

Malabe border health post offically handed over

The Senator for Beitbridge Cde Tambudzani Mohadi officially handed over the Malabe border health post which was constructed through an initiative by the ministry of health and child care, Development Aid from People to People and Elimination 8 in Beitbridge District recently.

Speaking during the event attended by over 300 people, Cde Mohadi said Malabe Health Post aims to improve timeous detection of cross border malaria cases in order to clear the reservoirs of infectious parasites that contribute to on-going transmission in SADC countries aiming to eliminate malaria.

She added that the health post represents a breakthrough for the Malabe community, villages around and mobile population who will not need to travel long distances to the nearest health facility to seek malaria treatment and other medical attention. “I applaud such a move since it will go a long way to improve access to primary health care services for our communities. It is my sincere hope that in the near future the post will be upgrade to a clinic status.”

Speaking at the same occasion DAPP Zimbabwe project leader Petros Muzuva said Malabe health post is one of five Elimination 8 border health posts in Zimbabwe namely Chinaka ( Mutasa) Sango Border post ( Chiredzi), Rwenya ( Mudzi) and Ganganyama ( Rushinga). He highlighted that 3 of the 5 health posts are already operational and the other two are in their construction phase.

He also applauded the Elimination 8 and Ministry of health for coming together as a united front in fighting Malaria “We believe that through joining hands together we can prevent, treat and eradicate Malaria by 2030.”

The local leader headman Tsetani applauded the move saying “it’s a positive step to it will be possible to reduce the burden of malaria within our communities”

Apart from providing Malaria Diagnosis, Treatment, and Surveillance package, Malabe health post will also provide other primary care services such as OPD consultation, treating of minor injuries, Family planning, Nutrition, HIV and AIDS related conditions.

Elimination 8(E8) is a regional coordination of malaria elimination, across 8 SADC countries namely Zimbabwe, South Africa, Angola,

Swaziland, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia.

DAPP releases 2017 Annual report

DAPP Zimbabwe is pleased to release its 2017 Annual report , demonstrating the value of its work over the past year.
The report includes an overview of projects and their activities , summary of major achievements, data on total projects delivered, partners worked with, people reached, case studies of particularly successful projects in 2017.

DAPP Zimbabwe reached over 300,000 people in 8 districts across the country, through 14 development projects in the areas of education, community development, agriculture and health. DAPP’s work is contributing towards the Zimbabwean Government’s Sustainable Development efforts.
 The projects implemented by DAPP are holistic in nature, driven by the community, and focused on creating
development together with the most marginalised in the society.
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Small scale farmers prepared to withstand climate change

Small scale farmers prepared to withstand climate change

Imagine the beginning of the agricultural season, the farmers have prepared and planted after the first rains. But the rains fail to continue or are not sufficient. We are seeing this more often as the climate gets warmer resulting in less food being produced. Farmers are usually left with limited options. However DAPP Farmers’ clubs is in the forefront in offering farmers viable solutions to reduce the shocks.

DAPP Farmers’ Club Zimbabwe in partnership with United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), work together with small scale farming communities of Gutu and Mutasa districts in Zimbabwe. Through a 2 year project which enrolled a 2000 farmers called “Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme”, farmers are trained on how they can prepare themselves against some of these shocks.

So, what have small scale farmers been taught to reduce crop losses under difficult weather conditions?

Building up living soils to withstand dry spells

Soil that has a mixture of animal and plant matter and a lot of life is good in storing water and nutrients thus allowing maximum growth of crops and plants. Farmers were taught ways to build up soils such as covering the soil with mulching, crop rotation, adding compost manure, minimal soil disturbance as well as planting fast maturing crop varieties. Farmers enrolled in the Farmers’ Club project received training on water conservation and were encouraged to shift from conventional tilling, burning crop residue and cutting down trees to conservation farming.

Commenting on the benefits from the program to date, farmer Ackson Manjowe in Mutasa said “mulching irikutibatsira kuchengetedza hunyoro mumakomba atinodyara zvinoita kuti mbeu dzedu dzive ne utano hwakanaka uye musanganiswa wemashizha nemanyowa watinoshandisa unopa chikafu kuzvirimwa” (mulching helps to keep soil moisture while the leaves and manure mixture provides the right nutrients for the plants).

Feeding the soil thus helps farmers build rich soils and ultimately reduce the impact of dry spells.

Adopting home grown solutions

As climate change continues to threaten food security farmers in our project have adopted home grown solutions to mitigate against climate change  shocks. The farmers are encouraged to switch to small grains such as rapoko, root crops like cassava as well as early planting fast maturing varieties that guarantee food security in short rain seasons.

They are also encouraged and helped to set up nutrition gardens to produce vegetables that thrive under low cost irrigation. A total of 100 rope and washer pumps are currently being installed in Mutasa and 7 bush pumps in Gutu to irrigate the gardens and to provide safe water for drinking.

Planting trees for a more stable environment

Trees are vital for our environment as they reduce soil erosion and maintain the water cycle that bring us rain. They provide shade and food for our animals as well as wood. They are thus worth conserving and replacing. Our farmers, in their groups, mobilise each other to construct firewood saving stoves and rocket stoves so as to reduce wood consumption. They plant live fences to reduce the cutting down of indigenous trees for poles. All open spaces are utilized to make sure that we meet our target of planting 200 000 eucalyptus for woodlots, 40 000 fodder trees, 40 000 fruit trees and 100 live fences. One of the trees that farmers are planting is Leucaena that can be used for livestock feed as well as providing green manure.

Sticking together to overcome challenges

The DAPP Farmers’ Club approach encourages farmers to not only stick together but to also share knowledge and join hands in production and marketing. A club usually has 50 farmers who are divided into 5 groups of 10 called core groups who share information and train together. They work and learn in a common garden and a demo-field and go on to practice in their individual fields. During seed fairs they share crops that grow well under difficult conditions and learn from farmers around them.

New School Facilities handed over to Chemhondoro Secondary School

New School Facilities handed over to Chemhondoro Secondary School

“DAPP Zimbabwe subscribes to the National Constitution which gives every child the right to quality education and that can only be achieved through providing a highly conducive and pleasant learning environment.” This was said by DAPP Zimbabwe’s Operations Director Mathias Paradzai at the official handover of completed school facilities at Chemhondoro Secondary School in Shamva District recently.

The facilities’ development was spearheaded by DAPP Zimbabwe through a $72,947 grant from the Government of Japan which saw the completion of a new classroom block and two teachers’ houses, refurbishment of an incomplete classroom block and ablution block. The school was also provided with desks and chairs for 121 students and four teachers.

Speaking at this occasion Mathias Paradzai commended the Japanese Embassy for not only investing in classroom blocks but in teacher accommodation. “We deliberately included the teacher’s accommodation so that the teachers stay motivated to deliver their best to change these students’ future. It remains an issue that most qualified teachers opt to teach in urban areas due to accommodation challenges in rural and small cities” He added that prioritizing teacher accommodation needs improve education in Zimbabwe

Speaking on the same occasion the ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe H.E. Mr Toshiyuki Iwado, said that Japan attached great importance to basic education as a foundation for development. He hoped that, with the the improved facilities, the girls and boys students at Chemhondoro would learn better, and that those currently out of school would now attend school. He also praised the community, who had started to build one of the classroom blocks and the ablution block through their own efforts, and who contributed much time and effort to the project.

The Project for Improvement of the Educational Environment at Chemhondoro Secondary School is part of the wider Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security Projects which launched in Zimbabwe in 1989