Gutu district, located in Masvingo district is predominantly located in semi-arid region which experiences erratic and uneven rainfall patterns. Coupled with Cylone Idai that destroyed people’s livelihoods, infrastructure, fields, livestock, food reserves many families were left in need of humanitarian assistance.
In an effort to increase resilience among populations affected by macroeconomic difficulties, Cyclone Idai and severe drought DAPP through funding from the Danish Emergency Relief Fund is implementing the Early Action program targeting 500 vulnerable and food-insecure households in wards 8 and 9 of Gutu District, Masvingo .
Project beneficiaries who include female headed households, people living with disability, elderly, pregnant and lactating women and the chronically ill received small livestock (chickens and Goats ) as part of assets restoration. This will go a long way in improving food and nutritional security and poverty alleviation. Programs Coodinator Petros Muzuva says “Small livestock play an important role in rebuilding long term sources of incomes for families. The boschveld chickens and goats are fast multiplying and drought-tolerant breeds that are best suited for this region” He added that “Farmers will be supported to better look after the animals through provision of diseases prevention drugs, capacity building in improved animal husbandry practices, livestock breeding and management”
The early action approaches are also aiming to improve access to sufficient safe and clean water sources for people and their livestock through borehole rehabilitation and construction of water pens for livestock. This is will ensure the curbing of the spread of water –borne, bacterial and parasitic infections among people and their animals.
The project will run from March 2020 to August 2020
As the world continues the fight against COVID -19, the gains made in fighting HIV and AIDS must be maintained. Following the extension of the nationwide lockdown in Zimbabwe, HOPE Humana’s voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) centre resumed offering HIV counseling and testing to the Bindura community in May 2020
HOPE project leader Rebecca Njopera says providing HIV health services such as HIV prevention, testing and treatment remains a priority during the level 2 lockdown period in order to reach the 90-90-90 targets and end AIDS by 2030.
“As we resume the services, we continue to adhere to laid down precautionary measures of social distancing, and washing hands among others. The nurse and staff manning the testing centre have work together to ensure that both clients and the staff are safe.
New measures implemented to protect clients and staff:
- Both clients and staff are screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the clinic
- Both clients and staff wear face masks in the centre
- Water and Soap and hand sanitizer are provided for both staff and clients
- Staff advises clients on safe physical distancing.
Since opening the centre in December 2019 HOPE aims to reach the whole community and outlying villages with three thematic lines which are Health services, Outreach activities and Opinion forming. “Our support goes beyond just testing. Our focus is to ensure that those people who test positive are given information about health, nutrition, treatment” , support groups said Rebbeca
World Malaria Day, which takes place on 25 April each year, is an internationally recognized day, highlighting the global efforts to control malaria and celebrating the gains that have been made. The global theme for World Malaria Day, ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’, emphasizes everyone’s power and responsibility – no matter where they live – to ensure no one dies from a mosquito bite. DAPP Zimbabwe remains committed to eliminate malaria in Zimbabwe. We reflect on the recently ended Global Funded E8 project on Malaria under the ADPP Mozambique consortium.
The project was aimed to support national cross- border and district community based malaria elimination programs to address the problem of cross-border parasite transportation between the high and low endemic countries through targeting the migrants and mobile populations and the local malaria transmission in underserved hard to reach communities in border districts. The project was premised on four strategic approaches namely
- Community mobilization and empowerment with advocacy, Information Education and Communication (IEC) for demand creation and utilization
- Early diagnosis and testing with Rapid Test Kits and quality control with Microscopy
- Treatment, referral, follow up and radical cure with combination malaria drugs
- Surveillance and tracking of cases with monitoring and evaluation
The project main results were:
- Construction of 5 Border Health Posts to serve the population around border areas and Migrant and Mobile Populations in Beitbridge, Rushinga, Mutasa, Mudzi and Chiredzi.
- Health Posts successfully offered Malaria treatment including some Primary Health Care services as agreed by the District Health Executives (DHEs).
- Enhanced Malaria Participatory approaches with campaigns and cooperation with all locally recognized structures.
- EHTs managed to carry out Case investigations and identification of breeding sites in pursuant to control of malaria.
- Registered General Nurses (RGNs), Environmental Health Technicians (EHTs) and the Project staff combined in advancing Social behaviour change communication within the far to reach communities on Malaria awareness.
- Strengthening communities on local collaboration through Community Advocacy meetings which engaged local leadership and cross border communities.
- Enhanced community testing and treatment of malaria by VHWs.
- Mobilization for Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) Programs at Household level & Feedback meetings with Village Health Workers.
- Each Health Post managed to form a Health Centre Committee to spearhead local development of the health post.
The Early Action intervention program is proving to be effective in contributing to increased resilience among 500 households in wards 6 and 9 of Manicaland province. The early actions funded by the Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) saw families receiving vegetable seeds to such as butternuts, sugar beans, okra, tomatoes, carrots as a first step to rehabilitating their gardens.
DAPP programs manager, Petros Muzuva says the actions are addressing food insecurity by providing stable and rapid access to nutritious food through assisting families restore 500 household gardens in Chimanimani district.
“The idea is that farmers should grow vegetables and they gain on both ends as they get their nutrients from the vegetables they grow as well as income from selling the produce”. He added that the action will ultimately contribute to the country’s food chain emergency by implementing best agronomic practices and techniques which have proven to be effective in building resilience ahead of climatic change effects.
Through training on the best farming practices such as composting, crop diversification and soil protection farmers have enhanced their skills and knowledge resulting in increased yields. So far households’ have started to see a reduction in in their food expenditure as they are getting food from their own gardens products while other with surplus are earning money from sales.
DAPP Zimbabwe is implementing this project through the support from UFF HUMAMA
Ponesai Vanhu Technical College (PVTC) in partnership with Chaminuka Vocational Training Centre (Cham tech ) have introduced the TVET for all through Public -Private partnership in Zimbabwe program. The pilot project is expected to equip benefit 400 youths from disadvantaged backgrounds with market ready skills which are critical for income generating and job security.
In order to meet the ever-changing work environment the privately run PVTC and public run Cham Tech will benefit from the development of a new curriculum that will strengthen skills development systems that improve employability of disadvantaged groups in Zimbabwe. The new curriculum developed with the assistance of Bindura University of Science education, will align with market demands.
The 400 beneficiaries who include 25 youth disabilities and 200 young women will go through the 8 month training course which will be divided into in-class learning and on the job training to allow students to acquire on the job experiences, knowledge, skills and appropriate attitude to work. The pilot program will also assist students in the transition into the formal and informal workforce though linkages with business, government and financial institutions.
The ENABEL funded 2 year project which started in November 2019 will be implemented with DAPP as the lead Partner, and Chaminuka Vocational Training Center and Leonard Cheshire Disability Zimbabwe as co-applicants, Bindura University of Science Education and Higher Life Foundation as Associates.
Students start lessons of the 9th of March 2020
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.