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Access to water is transforming lives in Monze, Zambia

 

DAPP Zambia is increasing access to clean water in the lacking and dry parts of Zambia. This is done through mainstreaming water, sanitation and hygiene education in Monze district. The community based safe water provision efforts are covering 164 villages with a combined population of approximately 44,300 people. 

The current evidence indicates that water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population and the amount is projected to rise. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition. Sub-Saharan Africa and Zambia specifically are in need of support to ensure access to water and sanitation for all – Sustainable Development Goal 6.

We share with you the story of Basilia Mwiinga one of our Child Aid Monze project beneficiaries on how access to water has impacted positively on her life and that of her family. 

Enjoy her story!

 

 

“My name is Basilia Mwiinga and I live with a family of 12 at Kayobolola village of Moomba Ward in Monze District Southern Province of Zambia. 

I have always been passionate about gardening, but I was unable to succeed because of the scarcity of water in my village, especially during the dry season. The main water source is about 5 kilometres away from my village and this posed a serious challenge when it come to accessing water for gardening during the dry season. The closer alternative source of water is a perennial stream which most years goes dry in July. This water challenge affects my yield almost every year. 

However, Child Aid-Monze drilled a new water point in our village. The new water point has brought so much change in my livelihood and for the entire village. It has also enabled myself to engage in gardening all year round without water challenges.

The new water point has not only reduced the distance to accessing water for drinking and other domestic uses, but has also enabled people to engage in gardening closer to their homes. This year I managed to plant more vegetables than any other year. I have so far planted 179 plants of rape, Chinese cabbage and tomatoes. On a weekly basis I have been able to raise K35.00 (Euro3) from the sales of vegetables. Part of the money I raise from vegetable sales is used to support my school-going children and the purchase of groceries and other household requirements.  

Finally, I would like to express my sincere thanks to DAPP Zambia for drilling the water point and continuous rehabilitation of old ones, through the Area Pump Menders, who took part in a training.” 

Child Aid Monze has constructed 16 new boreholes and rehabilitated 13 in the period ranging from January to December 2016. The on-site water quality testing was done for the 29 completed boreholes including the laboratory water quality testing. The rehabilitated boreholes enabled pupils to access safe and clean drinking water and facilitated gardening that improved their nutritional status and income from the sale of fresh vegetables. 

Through the WASHE – (Water and Sanitation Hygiene Education) meetings conducted, the community of Monze has gained knowledge and skills on good hygiene practices and the community has taken an active role to improve water, sanitation and hygiene at home. 

Humana People to People to which DAPP Zambia is a member, share the underlying factor that clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. 

The success of SDG Goal 6 will help to support vulnerable members of society in the developing countries with clean water supply and curb unnecessary loss of lives due to lack of better sanitation standards.

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The Long Walk to Prevention: Every Voice Counts

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Humana People to People South Africa Stand at the 8th SA AIDS Conference

 

The 8th South African AIDS Conference 2017 will be held from 13-15 June in Durban, South Africa. Humana People to People South Africa (HPPSA) will be part of the 8th Southern African AIDS Conference. The conference is a gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, people living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the epidemic.

The Conference theme: The Long Walk to Prevention: Every Voice Counts provides a unique opportunity to ignite everyone’s energy around HIV prevention relating to structural changes required for HIV/AIDS prevention in Southern Africa. This time around, the conference is designed to mainly bring back the human perspective hence the clarion call - every voice counts. 

According to Dr Sue Goldstein, Conference Chairperson, Southern Africa is in its strongest position yet when it comes to control of the AIDS epidemic, however there are a number of major gaps that still need to be addressed and plugged. She further says prevention has always been the poor relative of the epidemic. 

With the aim to assist in reducing the high number of new HIV infections in South Africa and linking high incident communities and key populations to HIV and TB prevention, care and support services, Humana People to People initiated an intervention called a Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE). TCE program does not only help to reduce the number of new HIV infections but also equips individuals with the tools they need to take control of the epidemic, break down the stigma that still surrounds the epidemics as well as to stop the spread of HIV. 

Founded on the ethos that “Only the people can liberate themselves from HIV”, TCE is currently the largest mobile HIV home testing and counselling unique approach in South Africa that runs in 5 provinces empowering communities to fight the challenges of HIV/AIDS and TB. The program reaches every single person in its operational area through door-to-door campaigns, individual counselling, and community mobilisation.

TCE recruits and employ community members to create development, train them as TCE Field Officers, Peer Educators and Counsellors that are responsible for carrying out campaigns of community sensitization about, and mobilization against HIV and AIDS. In the 8th Southern African Conference you can find the latest advances in basic sciences alongside an emphasis on how to be part of lasting change to prevent new infections.

Humana People to People an organization to which Humana People to People South Africa is a member has been actively involved with addressing the HIV and AIDS epidemic since the turn of the new millennium. The TCE concept is now adapted to the demands of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets of Ending AIDS by 2030. The TCE thrust in South Africa as it is mostly in Southern Africa is to get many people diagnosed against HIV infection, get the ones infected enrolled on treatment and engage the people on treatment to adhere ARV drugs uptake until HIV viral  load is suppressed in their body system. Over 30 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, India and China have been impacted by the TCE program over the past almost 2 decades.

The TCE concept form part of how Humana People to People is contributing to the implementation and subsequent of achievement of the UN declared Sustainable Development Goals 3 of “Ensure healthy lives & promote well-being for all at all ages”. 

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June 2017

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