Women and girls often engage in unpaid agriculture work as they lack have no say in the distribution of the agriculture income. Women and girls have limited opportunities of attending trainings and other information sessions which leave them behind in adopting improved farming practices and access to productive resources. DAPP Zimbabwe through financial support from Canada funds for local initiatives (CFLI) is implementing a project seeks to address strongly embedded agricultural gender inequalities with women and girls bearing the brunt of this state of affairs at Siyalima farm.
The project is expected to improve gender equality among smallholder farmer families through transformational capacity building, and advocacy. Capacity strengthening and access to the productive resources will help 29 women farmers maximize economic opportunities, increase productivity, and improve food security, education and healthcare, since women tend to reinvest more in their households.
DAPP Zimbabwe acting Country Director Luckson Soda said “ Despite women’s crucial roles in household food security, they face discrimination and limited bargaining power at both household and community level.” This project is meant to address these patriarchal norms that have created disadvantages for women farmers specifically with regards to accessing productive resources such as credit, extension services, inputs, information and access to markets.
The project is expected to institutes gender sensitive actions that promote positive gender outcomes towards the economic empowerment of women farmers at Siyalima farm in Guruve Zimbabwe. The equal participation of women and men in agriculture processes will ensure adequate use of a mix of indigenous knowledge that are critical in environmental conservation. Health education and promotion will be integrated in the project with a key focus on HIV, TB and COVID-19 pandemic to promote the health and wellbeing of target.
DAPP Zimbabwe has handed over the fully equipped state of the art Ambulance to Rusape General Hospital at an event held at Rusape General Hospital. Speaking at the event DAPP Acting country Director, Luckson Soda said the ambulance donation is just one of the many initiatives under the Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) funded Early Actions program being implemented to contribute towards containing the spread of COVID-19 in Makoni District of Manicaland province.
“When COVID-19 reached Zimbabwe we came together with the Ministry of health and child care to reach out to our friends, DERF through UFF HUMANA who quickly assisted us with funds to start actions to fight COVID-19 in Makoni District. The funding has allowed us to integrate COVID-19 action into our existing TC-TB programs. We managed to reach over 10 000 people with COVID 19 information through mass media dissemination channels, outreach activities, screening and support for those affected. We also provided food assistance to 500 vulnerable families who were negatively affected by lockdowns.”
He added that, “We worked closely with District COVID -19 Response Team and Ministry of Health and Child Care to intensify key areas to ensure effectiveness of the program. We therefore began actions to equip Rusape General Hospital’s Isolation unit with a fully functional oxygen unit, a water tank as well Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for hospital frontline workers.”
Tour of the Rusape General Hospital Isolation Unit
Speaking at the same occasion the District Medical Officer Dr. Nyafesa appreciated the support DAPP was giving the District saying the only way to defeat COVID-19 is when everyone comes together and fights shoulder to shoulder. “DAPP Zimbabwe is our all-weather friend who stepped in to assist the District hospital with this state of the art ambulance which will assist in quality health service delivery to the people of Rusape” .He commended DAPP, DERF and UFF HUMANA for the community outreach component of their program saying “the roadshows, short message service (sms) and radio programs are very informative and educative and are being received by those in hard to reach areas”
A nurse checks a pregnant woman’s blood pressure on the recently donated Ambulance
Project beneficiary, Councilor Chingwende of Tsanzaguru echoed the same sentiments saying the DAPP interventions have positively impacted the lives of people in the areas. “The lockdowns meant that we could not go out to work and this meant no food on our tables. But DAPP’s food assistance hampers gave us a lifeline and we managed to feed our families during the difficult period. As we speak right now we are back in our fields planting the seeds we received from DAPP. We expect a bumper harvest come next year”
Sign of Hope has partnered Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) in implementing the Farmers’ Clubs Mutasa project targeting 100 small holder farmers. The project is aimed at contributing towards reducing the vulnerability of smallholder farmers’ agricultural production to climate change in Mutasa district, Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe.
The project has begun capacitating 100 smallholder farmers in Mutasa district to adapt to climate change through the promotion of climate-smart agriculture and organic farming practices, livestock husbandry practices and access to viable markets.
The Farmers, organized in 2 Farmers’ Clubs are receiving trainings in climate smart and resilient agriculture production. The farmers will also be strengthened in small livestock production to increase nutrition diversity.
The project is working closely with government departments such as AGRITEX on horticulture production training and marketing while the Veterinary Services are engaged in small livestock production training. The beneficiaries will also benefit from Ministry of Women Affairs, Community Small and Medium Enterprises training in Internal Savings and Lending (ISALs) trainings.
The project is being implemented over a six months period from October 2020 and ending in March 2021
DAPP Zimbabwe has launched the Danish Emergency Relief Fund (DERF) supported Early Actions program. The Early Actions aim to contribute towards containing the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and decrease morbidity and mortality among vulnerable people in Makoni District in Manicaland province in Zimbabwe. The project aims to reach 10 000 households at risk of contracting COVID-19 with correct facts about the epidemic and how they can protect themselves and each other .
Presenting the project at district sensitization meetings, Project Leader, Stailine Ruzvidzo said the main thrust of the project is to ensure that communities and people know how to prevent getting infected by COVID-19 and how not to spread the virus to others. This will be done through targeted information dissemination channels, outreach activities, screening and support for those affected. The intervention which is aligned with the Zimbabwe’s Humanitarian Response Plan (ZHRP) will work closely with the District Response Team and Ministry of Health and Child Care to identify those at risk and provide them with basic food assistance, COVID-19 screening as well as establish social support structures to stop the spread of COVID-19.
As part of measures to support vulnerable members of the community DAPP will establish water points to ensure that there is availability of clean water to maintain good hygiene. Community members will also receive skills training on how to establish and maintain vegetable gardens to ensure sustainability of food supplies. DAPP through this project will work closely with Rusape General Hospital to strengthen the established Isolation centre in the district, provide personal protective equipment for health care workers and donate a multi-purpose ambulance for patients and reaching hard to reach areas.
DAPP Zimbabwe in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (Shamva Hospital) organized a COVID-19 awareness campaign in Shamva district targeting communities around Madziwa Rural, Cornerstore, Joking 8 and Wadzanai township. The campaign was conducted earlier this month
As the nation fights the COVID-19 pandemic DAPP Zimbabwe has taken public health and hygiene messages to the most vulnerable people using road shows. The campaign reached more than 5 000 people in semi-urban, mining areas and rural areas.
The initiative has enabled the dissemination of key messages on COVID-19 in one of the most effective and efficient ways particularly during the lock down period. There is good uptake of messages and information as the roadshow team moved through communities spreading messages using loud speakers.
The key messages emphasized COVID-19 transmission, prevention, hygiene, social distancing and other important health and well-being issues related to COVID-19.
The District Environmental Technician for Shamva District Mr Evidence Mufambi spoke highly on the collaboration between DAPP and the Ministry of Health and Child Care adding that it was critical for marginalized communities to have access to information on COVID-19 to stop its spread.
He added that proper hand-washing and correct use of face mask demonstrations were going a long way in ensuring that communities are protected.The campaign demonstrated the need for continuous organizing and supporting the community with relevant information about COVID-19.
Development Aid from People to People (DAPP Zimbabwe) was the first member of Humana People to People to pioneer HIV/AIDS prevention work using the Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) programme concept in 2000. Since then, TCE has reached nearly 1 million people throughout Zimbabwe, equipping them with the capacity to take control of their lives against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
DAPP Zimbabwe recognises that people are responsible for their own health, but must be empowered to make the right decisions. People’s active participation in protecting their health can be done through community-based public health campaigns that reach out to individuals, groups and target populations.
The TCE Zimbabwe programme assisted nearly 700 000 individuals in developing a personal HIV risk reduction plan from 2000 – 2012. The model has enabled pregnant women to know their HIV status, get tested and receive counseling and undergo treatment. More than 50 000 pregnant women have received HIV support services to prevent mother-to-child transmission.
TCE has, over time, been funded by various partners; however, the first grant in Zimbabwe from USAID made it possible to provide evidence of a successful HIV model, leading to the interest of different national governments, and ultimately, expansion into 12 countries reaching 20 million people in Africa, India and China by 2017.
Today, DAPP Zimbabwe runs an HIV/AIDS programme, HOPE Bindura, reaching vulnerable populations with HIV prevention, treatment, and care services along the continuum of care. HOPE Bindura mobilises young mothers to attend and participate in pre-natal and ante-natal care sessions. Additionally, the project works closely with local clinics and hospitals; it coordinates with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to provide HIV services.
As of 2019, HOPE Bindura has engaged over 42 000 people in its community outreach work, with more than 25 000 referred for HIV treatment at various local health centers. 830 People Living with HIV were organised in community-based support groups to promote treatment adherence, receiving training in Internal Servings and Lending, and small livestock husbandry to improve their nutrition.