IN MY FOOTSTEPS: Early Childhood Stimulation for ECS FOR PMTCT w OASIS ZIMBABWE

This video submission showcases one of Oasis Zimbabwe's most exciting community champions, Dorothy Kasongo sharing her journey as a pioneering part of one of thier most cherished achievements in 2017: the piloting of an Early Childhood Stimulation (ESC) component of work.

This pilot particularly targeted HIV infected caregivers of their ECD children for prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) and aimed to bring education around creating home environments that stimulate children through play and communication, bringing continuity between the care and stimulation toward development children receive at home and within their ECD centres. Oasis in Zimbabwe engaged the Ministry of Health and Child Care and utilized localized government health facilities to roll out ECS sessions in their Epworth hub. The ECS facilitators and health professionals recruited caregivers to the programme and played a fundamental role in supporting and linking caregivers to other important health services such as ante-natal care, social services, education, and immunisation, among others. 

 It is champions like Dorothy that make the work of Oasis Zimbabwe authentic, sustainable and grounded within the community.  

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Credits

  • Video Character Lead: Dorothy Kasongo - Early Childhood Development Teacher and Early Childhood Stimulation Facilitator in Epworth, Zimbabwe Oasis Zimbabwe ECD and ECS
  • Team: Barbra Rwodzi - Oasis Zimbabwe Programme Coordinator, ECD and ECS Trainer Rachell Chitima Fambisai - Oasis Zimbabwe Programme Manager 
  • Filming and Editing: Asha Emmerson - Oasis Zimbabwe Country Director 
  • Character Lead Support: Delia - Early Childhood Development Teacher and Early Childhood Stimulation Facilitator in Epworth, Zimbabwe
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