I am a Tuberculosis survivor – Faith Gunda

I am a Tuberculosis survivor – Faith Gunda

Faith Gunda Testimonial

My name is Faith Gunda from Rusape in Zimbabwe. I am a Tuberculosis survivor. When I fell ill I didn’t know what was wrong with me. Being from a rural area I didn’t visit a hospital but just bought pain killers and prayers but nothing seemed to be working. I was losing weight and constant chest pains. It was only after Madam Makona, a DAPP community volunteer and Mr Nyanhongo, came home and sensitised me and my family on the signs, symptoms and treatment of TB that I understood what was wrong with me. After some convincing I gave them a sputum sample that was taken to the hospital for testing. After a few days the results from the hospital came and I was informed I had to undergo an xray test at the local clinic. The X-ray test together with the sputum tests showed that I had tested positive for Tuberculosis. The Field Officer together with the nurse explained the treatment options and I started taking TB medicine.
When I went to the clinic , my husband went with me and together we were informed about the importance of support when taking the medicine. The Field officer introduced us to what they call a TRIO treatment support which would be comprised of me the patient ,my husband and the field officer. This Trio was meant to support me during the time I will be taking my medicine to ensure that it is done on time and consistently.
We were also told that my whole family must be tested for TB. Kelvin,my husband, and children, Patience (2 years), Darlington (7 years) and Farai (1.6 years) went for X-ray tests and were found to be having TB. It was a difficult time for my family. But we support each other and the Field Officer stood by our side and visited us often to make sure we were taking our medicine correctly.
We started taking the medication and we started recovering. I personally am now fit and I do help my spouse and family. I gratefully appreciate DAPP Zimbabwe  for coming to my family’s rescue. If it was not for this organisation, early death would have been the fate of my family and I.

DAPP Zimbabwe is currently implementing the Total Control of Tuberculosis and HIV Integrated program which is responding to the burden of  TB  and HIV in Makoni District in Zimbabwe.  The project is working to combat tuberculosis and HIV in the area, to reduce stigma and discrimination related to TB and HIV infections as well as increasing awareness, diagnosis and treatment services. This is done through targeted case finding done at community and household levels. TC TB Makoni  uses the door to door  approach and encourage people to get tested.

 

 

1000 households in Cyclone Idai areas receive food assistance

1000 households in Cyclone Idai areas receive food assistance

1000 vulnerable households from the Cyclone Idai affected areas received food aid under the CISU/DERF Humanitarian intervention to Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe Chimanimani Emergency program. Speaking at the hand over event at  Chiyamiti community centre, DAPP Zimbabwe Director Mathias Paradzai said the assistance is part of wider relief efforts that will see the rehabilitation and reconstruction of water and sanitation facilities. “Together with our technical partner UFF Denmark DAPP Zimbabwe will be working in Ward 6 and part of Ward 9 to construct 150 latrines and rehabilitate 20 boreholes. He added that the assistance took into account the dietary needs of babies and sanitation wear for women who sometimes are forgotten in times of crisis.

Beneficiaries especially mothers expressed their gratitude for the timely gesture. “We were starving in this area, it was hard to watch our children go without food and not knowing what to do”

Tendai Mukuti who lives with a disability also thanked DAPP for the assistance saying ” The situation for people with disabilities was made worse by this disaster. I want to thank DAPP who has given me hope and somewhere to start from”
Women who received sanitary wear said their needs are sometimes forgotten in emergency situations and yet they are part of their monthly needs. “ Sanitary wear is a challenge and most women were resorting to using old rags to get through their menstrual cycles. We are grateful to DAPP for including pads as part of their assistance to us.
A total of 150 households will received building material to construct pit latrines to promote health and hygiene while a 20 community boreholes will be rehabilitated through the financial support of the Civil Society in Development (CISU) / Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF)

Beneficiary is all smiles after receiving food assistance

Emergency program for Cyclone IDAI affected Chimanimani

Emergency program for Cyclone IDAI affected Chimanimani

In response to the devastating effects Cyclone Idai, Development Aid from People to People Zimbabwe and UFF Denmark have started an emergency response program to assist 4000 people access safe water and sanitary facilities as well as emergency food assistance. The 4 month intervention will be carried out in ward 6 of Chimanimani, Manicaland Province

Priority  has been given to the rehabilitation of water and sanitary facilities to reduce the increasing risk of water-borne diseases brought about by the flooding. So far DAPP Zimbabwe  has mobilised the people in preparation for community recovery and rebuilding of 20 boreholes and construction of 150 pit latrines. Through engaging trained pump minders to lead the rehabilitation process communities will be encouraged to take ownership of their facilities.

DAPP will also distribute aqua tablets and water buckets to 1000 households to meet immediate access to safe water while the rehabilitation and construction work is going on. The community active involvement in project activities will ensure sustainability and scaling up of activities

Cyclone IDAI tore through and washed away household savings and halted income generating opportunities. To help families recover DAPP Zimbabwe will be responding to the emergency needs of the people through provision of emergency food and none food items to the target households. Through coordinated efforts, 1000 households will be assisted to meet their immediate food and nutrition needs for 3 months.

The emergency response is made possible by the Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) /Civil Society in Development (CISU) which is an independent association of Danish Civil Society Organisations that are involved in development work in Asia, Africa or Latin America

 

 

Garden farming improves family health

Garden farming improves family health

Green leafy vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals that are important for a healthy diet. Garden Farming in Makoni has been doing just that. Families involved in the GAIA funded Farmers clubs program have been able to address food insecurity and improve the health of families by tacking micronutrient deficiency caused by lack of nutritious foods. Throughout the year families that established nutrition gardens have increased their resilience and mitigate against malnutrition .

Grace Mupoperi , a member of the Mabvazuva garden group has seen the benefits of nutrition gardens on the health of her 6 children “Gardens are a source of nutritious food for my children. I see that they don’t fall sick as often as they used to before i had my own garden. We grow different varieties of vegetables that even give us income as we sell them to other in the community ”

Farmers in the project organised themselves into 24 groups and they join their forces, ideas and resources so that they can further the agricultural production of each member. Families make use of seed sharing and organic manures which produce quality vegetable varieties. This coupled with adopting best farming practices methods such as crop diversification, compost making, mulching and crop rotation farmers are giving their families the much needed nutritional diversity.
Gardening farming not only contributes to household food security but it is also providing extra family income from the sale of extra produce to the local community. Families with gardens usually produce more than enough for their families and the rest is sold and that money used to for medical expenses, school fees, savings and other home improvements requirements.

The Farmers club program funded by Gaia Movement aims to  to enhance 1 200 farmers’ resilience to current and future climate related shocks and protect the environment in Makoni District thereby making food  nutrition and income secure all year round. This organised Farmers’ Clubs  allow them to be better prepared against current and future climate change related shocks

Bumper garden produce for the family

 

 

The benefits of firewood saving stoves

The benefits of firewood saving stoves

Mirriam Kwambana 47 lives in Mutasa district with her family. Like many rural families she used an open fire for her daily cooking activities. The process was both time consuming and had negative effects on her and her family’s respiratory health. After learning the benefits of firewood saving stoves from the Farmers Club Sustainable lifestyle and Education program she decided to construct one for her home and has cut down her meal preparation time while using less firewood.

“Before having this firewood saving stove, I used to walk long distances to look for firewood and then endure hours of breathing smoke from the open fire which results in a persistent coughing for me and my children”

Mirriam and her family is one of  the 1000 farmer clubs members who were part of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP)  which aims to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production in both developed and developing countries.

Through this program Mirriam and many in her community are actively taking steps to turn the tide on global warming through construction of firewood saving stoves and planting more trees in their communities.

These small steps   have had positive environmental impacts such as reducing the number and frequency of trees being cut down for cooking purposes. Because the firewood saving stoves use less wood and emit less smoke this reduces the amount of greenhouse gases released in the air

Youth with disabilities program launched

Youth with disabilities program launched

DAPP Zimbabwe and Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe officially launched the European Union funded Youth Actions on implementation and monitoring of disability rights in Zimbabwe program.

The launch event, attended by high level dignitaries set the tone for the work ahead to ensure inclusion and participation of youth with disabilities (YWD) in decision making. Speaking at the launch DAPP Zimbabwe Director Mathias Paradzai said “ DAPP’s experience in working at  grassroots level provides the right  starting point to  strengthen partnerships between stakeholders to increase visibility and involvement of Youth with disabilities in development processes. The actions will empower these YWDs with knowledge about their rights as well as governance and leadership skills”

Leonard Cheshire Zimbabwe director Greaterman Chivandire chimed in saying “ The implementation of these actions is expected to see increased access to education; health; employment and other livelihoods opportunities; political participation and social protection services for people with disabilities in the two countries in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ”

The action objective is to contribute towards the promotion, respect, protection and equal and full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disability in Zimbabwe and Zambia. In Zimbabwe the three year program will be implemented by DAPP in Bindura, Shamva and Rushinga districts benefiting 800 YWD while Cheshire Home society will be implementing the program in Zambia with 400YWD.

Official launch of Youth actions on Implementation and monitoring of Disability Rights in Zimbabwe