CWGH@20 (1998-2018): Consolidating 2 Decades of Organising People’s Power for Health

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH). It was born in early 1998, to lead and give visibility to community processes in health in Zimbabwe. Over the years, the CWGH has positioned itself as a voice in the health sector and built community power, organizing involvement of communities in health actions within their communities and around Primary Health Care, whether within the community on Health Literacy, Health Governance or mobilizing resources to support health centres. These are being done through community level initiatives with limited external support.

And now, it’s time to celebrate!

We invite you to participate in the story telling and celebrations to be held concurrently with CWGH’s 25th Annual National Meeting in Harare from the 17th to the 19th of October 2018.

Health is your Right and Responsibility

25 June 2018
The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) would like to express its profound and heartfelt congratulations to Advocate Rodgers Matsikidze on his recent appointment as the chairperson of the National Blood Services Zimbabwe (NBSZ).
It is our firm belief that Adv Matsikidze will take the NBSZ to higher levels of standards of good corporate governance and accountability based on his extensive experience and leadership demonstrated in his previous and current positions including as a board member of the CWGH, trustee of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, a law lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, a labour lawyer; and renowned academic and author.
With this versatility of experience and leadership, CWGH has no doubt that Adv Matsikidze is poised to provide the required exemplary leadership at the helm of the NBSZ to restore the people’s confidence in the organisation.
As CWGH, we would like to assure Adv Matsikidze of our unwavering support in his new national responsibility. We however like to remind him not to forget thousands of vulnerable people failing to access blood because of its prohibitive cost, and availability challenges. Even as the government prepares to make blood free in public institutions starting in July 2018, we would like to urge Adv Matsikidze and his team to put modalities to avoid stock-outs and to ensure that blood is always available to the vulnerable people when they need it.
Once gain allow me to congratulate you most warmly both on my behalf and on behalf of the whole CWGH network.
______________________ Itai Rusike (Mr) Executive Director Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) 312 Samora Machel Ave, Eastlea, Harare, Zimbabwe Mobile: +263 77236 3991 Tel: +263-4-498692, 498983, 498926 Email: Website: “Health is Your Right and Responsibility”

We are a network of civic/community based organizations who aim to collectively enhance community participation in health in Zimbabwe. The 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). The 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.

CWGH Input to the 2018 National Health Budget

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