Universal Health Coverage Celebrations Bulawayo 12 December 2022
As CWGH, we are a network of civic/community based organizations who aim to collectively enhance community participation in health in Zimbabwe. CWGH was formed in early 1998 to take up health issues of common concern. The approximately 40 organizations in the CWGH include national membership organizations that have branches across the country, while others have areas-specific membership (such as the residents associations). CWGH was registered as a trust in 2002 and transformed into a Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) in 2014, Registration No: 01/2014. CWGH has district level chapters in about 40 districts across Zimbabwe.
Doctors’ strike mirrors lack of political will to address causes of perennial job action
IT is very said that Zimbabwe has once again been plunged into a serious health crisis following a job action by junior doctors who are demanding better remunerations, working conditions and the unfreezing the ban on health posts and the general absence of tools of their trade in the country’s hospitals and clinics.
The doctors are also demanding a review of the current on-call allowance and to import vehicles into the country duty free. What is most disturbing is that these demands are not new as the doctors have been raising the same issues for the past five years, with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) each time promising... Read More
Community Outreach Sensitization and Mobilization for the Public Health Act (Amendment) Bill Public Hearings-2018
The Community Working Group on Health, (CWGH) welcomes the opportunity afforded to Zimbabweans to provide input into the supreme health law of the country. It is important to have communities come out and participate during the public hearings on the Public Health Act (Amendment) Bill to ensure that their views and perceptions have been incorporated into the final Bill and that it addresses community needs as enshrined in the nation’s Constitution.
Following a number of public health blunders that have seen resurgence of previously controlled diseases, unnecessary death, disability and suffering of Zimbabweans, it is imperative to have a shared vision and mission for public health across national stakeholders...
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION
Information and communication is not implemented as a stand-alone project, but mainstreamed in all programmes. CWGH recognize the key role that media plays in information dissemination, education and awareness raising on various issues affecting communities. Through the intensive use of radio, newspapers, website and social media such as face book and twitter, CWGH has managed to communicate with its various publics as well as intensify its advocacy efforts. Via social media, CWGH share links to press releases, images from events and twitting directly to members of the media and bloggers to encourage them to cover the organizations’ events.
Advocacy, Policy and Legislative engagement- the network monitors the formation and implementation of health related government policies making relevant input to the government relating to these. It also advocates for voice and accountability in health, whilst spearheading a number of key national campaigns for improved healthcare. A success noted, has been the Inclusion of the right to health and health care in the New Zimbabwe Constitution.
To better advocate for health issues, and to influence stakeholders to commit themselves to policy resolutions, CWGH holds NATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE, once a year. These conferences are attended by at least a 100 delegates among which include government officials, civil society, health worker associations, the media, policy makers, funding partners and parliamentarians. The most recently held conference for 2015 provided a platform for CWGH to advocate for improved availability and access to quality healthcare for Zimbabweans, held under the theme, ‘Towards UHC: Exploring sustainable health financing to achieve SDGs in the wake of non-achievement of MDGs in Zimbabwe’. It also provided an opportunity for networking and building alliances, sharing experiences and also documenting best practices for future programming. The conference resolved among other things to urge government to prioritise health by tapping into all national resources for the improvement of healthcare system and health delivery and to promote investment in community sustainable alternative ways of funding health. The 2015 national conference will run under the theme, ‘Towards UHC: Exploring sustainable health financing to achieve SDGs’