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Bottom up principle

Zambesi Health takes a bottom-up approach to the prevention and control of zoonoses in southern Africa. This participatory approach focuses on the needs of the local target groups. Zambesi Health creates acceptance and ownership by actively listening and developing tailor-made solutions in partnership. The close integration of local resources and the empowerment of the communities enable a sustainable improvement in the health situation.
  • reach affected target groups directly on site,

  • directly understand their needs and

  • work with them in a solution-oriented way

bottom up principle

What does that mean?

Through the prevention and control of animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans, Zambesi Health actively contributes to the promotion of health care in southern Africa, particularly in the Zambesi region. Since our foundation in 2016, we have developed and raised our commitment to a professional level due to many years of private involvement, especially in Namibia and Zambia.

We have made significant progress during this time. We have not only professionalized our aid measures, but have also placed our work on a broader footing. Through targeted efforts, we were able to obtain financial support and funding. In this way, we have complemented and expanded the variety of NGOs already active in southern Africa that focus on combating zoonoses.

A key feature of our work is our bottom-up approach. This means that we get in touch with the target groups concerned directly on site. We strive to understand their needs directly and work with them in a solution-oriented manner. This ensures that we can effectively address their concerns and bring about lasting change.

Direct connection

Our approach enables us to establish a direct link to the people affected by animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans. We create a strong partnership and work closely with communities to develop solutions tailored to their specific needs. This collaborative approach not only strengthens trust and cooperation, but also contributes to long-term improvements in the region’s healthcare system.

In addition to our direct help on the ground, we are actively involved in research and education. We work closely with local health authorities, universities and other institutions to increase knowledge about animal diseases and their transmission. By providing training and educational campaigns, we help to raise awareness of the prevention and control of zoonoses.

Thanks to our many years of experience and our dedicated employees, we are confident that we can continue to make a significant contribution to promoting healthcare in southern Africa. By focusing on the prevention and control of animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans and maintaining our bottom-up approach, we are working purposefully to sustainably improve the health conditions and quality of life of people in the Zambezi region.

Close cooperation

Our bottom-up strategy is an approach in which we directly involve the affected target groups on the ground and place their needs and perspectives at the center of our work. Rather than prescribing solutions from the top down, we take the time to get to know communities and individuals, understand their challenges and work with them to develop tailored solutions.

This approach ensures that our interventions truly meet the needs and requirements of the communities concerned. We listen actively, gather their experience and knowledge first-hand and work together to find solutions that are tailored to their specific circumstances and resources.

Involving communities

The bottom-up strategy also enables us to bring about sustainable change. By involving communities in the decision-making process and encouraging their active participation, we create a sense of ownership and empowerment. Local people become ambassadors for change and are more motivated to maintain the implemented measures in the long term.

In addition, the bottom-up strategy offers the opportunity to make optimum use of local resources and expertise. By working with local people, we can draw on their knowledge, skills and cultural expertise. This not only promotes the self-determination and independence of communities, but also strengthens their resilience to deal with future challenges.

Another advantage of the bottom-up strategy is that it leads to better integration of our measures into local structures and systems. By working together with the relevant players on the ground, such as local health authorities or other organizations, we can create synergies, increase efficiency and ensure that our measures are sustainable in the long term.

Overall, the bottom-up strategy leads to a stronger and more sustainable impact of our work. It enables us to harness the full potential of the communities concerned and encourage their initiative and participation. Through this collaborative approach, we are creating a strong partnership and working together to sustainably improve healthcare in Southern Africa.

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