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Program
Community Systems Strengthening Project
Area of Operation : Kadoma/ Sanyati District


Background

The Tuberculosis in the Mining Sector (TIMS) Southern Africa Project emerged from a recognized need for a regionally coordinated response to TB scourge and increased burden among keypopulations defined as mineworkers, ex-mineworkers , families and spouses of mineworkers, families and spouses of ex-mine workers and peri-mining communities.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional policies provided the legislative obligation to the project, and nominated the Global Fund to support a regionally coordinated TB response in the mining sector. The project is currently being implemented in 10 Southern African countries which include Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe over a 2 year period beginning January 2016 to December 2017.

 

Vision

Improve the quality of life among mineworkers, ex mineworkers, their families and peri-mining communities in Southern Africa.

 

Mission

Empower mining communities and community actors to access and utilize occupational health services and related health services specifically including TB, TB/HIV, silicosis health services and compensation services.

 

The TIMS-CSS Strategic approaches are as follows:

  1. 1. Community based monitoring for accountability
  2. 2. Advocacy for social accountability
  3. 3. Social mobilization, building community linkages, collaboration and coordination
  4. 4. Institutional capacity building, planning and leadership development in the community sector

 

Area of Operation

Jointed Hands Welfare Organization’s health department through the health strategic pillar spearheads the Community Systems Strengthening project in Kadoma/Sanyati district in Mashonaland West Province with the objective of reducing the burden of TB by improving access to TB and Silicosis services among miners, ex-miners, their spouses, families and their surrounding communities.

JHWO is currently operating in the following administrative wards :

 

Area                                                                           Coverage                                                                                 
Urban 1,2,5,8,12,13,14,15,16,17
Rural 1,2,3,11,16,17

 

Implementation Status

Implementation kicked off on the 21st of August 2017 as the Community volunteers started cascade trainings to their respective communities and report through their respective clinics. The clinic staff support the volunteers with additional information on TB, HIV and Silicosis. To date 121 Community awareness sessions have been conducted, where 1443 participants were reached by 20 Community Volunteers.

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Program
Interactive Research & Development Global Fund TB in Mines
Area of Operation :Kwekwe District

 

Jointed Hands as sub-sub recipient of the global fund, is working in Kwekwe on a Kwekwe District Global Fund TB in Mines, IRD being the funding source. The project will be implemented in all the three local authorities, i.e. Kwekwe city council, Zibagwe rural district council and Redcliff municipality.

In line with the End TB strategy and supporting the effort of the Ministry of Health in reducing the burden of TB in the region and Zimbabwe in particular, the project targets the at-risk group of mine workers, ex miners, families of both current and ex miners and communities around the mines both formal and informal. As guided by its mission of advocating against harmful norms and mitigate the impact thereof JHWO will be doing the following activities in the Kwekwe district:-

  1. Community mobilisation for access to and use of health services
  2. TB screening,
  3. effective referrals to support treatment continuum of TB cases
  4. reducing stigma
  5. increasing community literacy on TB, HIVand silicosis
  6. strengthening the capacity of community of health workers
  7. treatment adherence supporters, to provide effective and comprehensive services to the key affected populations. Besides the IRD grant focusing on TB screening and referral for treatment, follow up on treatment to foster completion, mobilising communities to take control of TB, and capacitating peer educators/ counsellors.

 

The project also focuses on data collection and analysis. The strategy involves the use of smart phone by TB screeners while conducting TB screening. The ultimate target of the project is to screen 30 000. To achieve the target, outreach TB screening to in communities, mass screening and road shows on partnership with the Ministry of health will be done.

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Upcoming Events

Positive Action: PMTCT Feb - May

Feb - May

JHWO will be conducting trainings in the following wards in Lower Gweru 1,2,3,4,5 and Gwanda wards 1 to 24.
 

Positive Action: PMTCT May - Nov

May - Nov

Join JHWO as it conducts Focus group Discussions in Lower Gweru wards 1 to 5, Gwanda 1 to 24.
 

Day of the African Child

June 16

JHWO joins the rest of the continent in honoring those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976
 

16 Days of Activism against G.B.V

November 25

JHWO shall participate in the 16 days of activism against G.B.V at district , provincial and national level
 

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