Effective community health leadership yields results in Mukuni

09 Jun, 2017 - 00:06 0 Views

The ManicaPost

Post Correspondent
DOMCCP is working in Mutare-Rural District, Mukuni Ward Eight under the CECHLA project. CECHLA stands for Coalition for Effective Community Health and HIV Response, Leadership and Accountability.

This is a project being implemented by a consortium of 12 organisations that are either technical partners or Community-Based Organisations (CBOs) operating in Mashonaland and Manicaland.

These organisations are working to increase uptake of quality health and HIV services by key and vulnerable populations. In an attempt to create demand for HIV prevention (HTC, PMTCT, VMMC, STI screening) and care or treatment services such as CD4 count and viral load by priority populations, DOMCCP project has been using a strategy called Joint-In-Circuit (JIC) and community dialogues.

Since the project also focuses on advocating for quality services to be provided to the priority populations, awareness campaigns on Patients’ Charter, administration of the Community Score Card, advocacy follow-up meetings and monthly Health Centre Committee meetings are carried out. To date this project has seen the following achievements:

construction of clinic incinerator at Zumbare Clinic

successful mobilisation of 1 576 community members, within 2016, to access HIV Testing Services and Sexual Reproductive Health Services at Zumbare Clinic and during mobile outreaches

advocacy trainings undertaken by Health Centre Committee members to spearhead all advocacy work in the community

identification of the need to build a new clinic at Chinyamuchese, provisions and approval of clinic building plan by Ministry of Health and Child Care and Local Government, with the community mobilising resources for the construction of the clinic

construction of kitchen for waiting mothers at Zumbare Clinic

facilitating circumcision of men and boys, in partnering with PSI Zimbabwe and Ministry of Health and Child Care,

Sensitising communities on the Patients Charter and distribution of Patients Charter booklets to community members

Provision of viral load services to 27 ART clients

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