Locations: Africa: Tanzania,Uni.Re
Work Type : Temporary Appointment
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For every child, [Health]
Tanzania has been repeatedly affected by cholera epidemics with considerable impact on health, economy and social development. Zanzibar is one of the areas that has experienced repeated outbreaks since 1978 – recording over 17 outbreaks with about 14,364 total cholera cases and 210 deaths. The last outbreak within the archipelago between September 2015 and July 2016 recorded a total of 4,330 cases and 68 deaths with a Case Fatality Rate of 1.6%.
Among the reasons contributing to this outbreak include, a growing number of urban slums/squatters with insufficient access to safe water, combined with substandard sanitation facilities and unhygienic behaviour practices. Furthermore, limited knowledge among children, individuals, families and communities about waterborne diseases have impaired prevention and control efforts.
Understanding these challenges, the Government of Zanzibar has embarked on the implementation of a 10-year elimination plan, known as the Zanzibar Comprehensive Cholera Elimination Plan (ZACCEP) 2018-2027 – to coherently bring together all interventions that contribute to improving the overall water, sanitation and hygiene situation in Zanzibar.
Among these interventions, includes the implementation of evidence-based Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) that aims to improve hygiene and sanitation practices among children and their families for cholera prevention, response and sustainable resilience among communities.
It will be the primary role of the C4D Officer to support planning, implementation, coordination, monitoring and reporting of SBCC and Advocacy implementation for Zanzibar Comprehensive Cholera Elimination Plan (ZACCEP) in Zanzibar.