One World Center proudly partners with Humana People to People partner organizations. In Zambia, our program participants volunteer with Development Aid from People to People.
In November 2017, reporter Lyndsay Griffiths of the Thomson Reuters Foundation visited DAPP projects in Zambia. She has written a three-part series sharing the impact of the work being done with DAPP’s Teacher Training Colleges and Total Control of the Epidemic programs.
In her first article, Griffiths focuses on understanding the current state of the HIV/Aids epidemic in Zambia and offers a number of testimonies. She reports that “Improved testing and effective drugs have put the worst of the AIDS crisis behind Zambia, where 1.2 million of a 16.5 million population live with HIV. About 21,000 people now die of AIDS-related deaths a year, down from a peak of 70,000 in 2003, according to UNAIDS data. But a stubborn adherence to superstition and risky traditions persists, hampering efforts to lower the number of AIDS-related deaths and with new HIV infections still high among young people and key groups, according to United Nations data.”
Griffiths’ second article reveals that thanks to the work of DAPP and other local organizations, the rate of new infections has dropped 27 percent since 2010 and AIDS-related deaths have fallen 11 percent. DAPP invented a seemingly simple strategy to secure a military-style “Total Control of the Epidemic”.
As she explained, “Conducted one-on-one, door-to-door, this all-out war aims to mobilize individuals to control their own health and, to that end, has reached more than 1.5 million of 16.5 million Zambians. Field officers, special forces and troop commanders man the front and rally the troops – the language is no accident. “We were going in for a fight,” said Division Commander Kanyanda”.
We proudly send volunteers who team up with Field officers for 6 months, running health, sanitation and hygiene campaigns that support the communities in their efforts to prevent diseases and improve their living conditions.
In her final article of the series, Griffiths explores how Humana People to People’s Teacher Training Colleges are working to alleviate the lack of qualified teachers and problems faced by rural education in Zambia. Mwansa Katunga, director of programs for DAPP in Zambia explains that the main problem is that there is not enough teachers who want to work in the rural areas “as all the new graduates want to be in towns. So we need a different kind of teacher – one who will live in the community.”
In 2017, One World Center sent 8 volunteers to work at the Teacher Training Colleges in Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi, creating development together with the teachers and children of the rural primary and pre-schools. We are more than happy to be part of training thousands of teachers. According to Griffiths report, “So far, more than 35,000 teachers have been trained worldwide [by Humana People to People worldwide].”
To learn more about the work DAPP is doing in Zambia visit dappzambia.org and check out Griffiths report for uk.reuters.com