Solidarity projects for promoting health

Neglected Tropical Diseases

More opportunities in Ghana

Zone:
Ghana

Duration:
12 months

Cost:
277.595,12 Euros

  • Buruli ulcer has been endemic
    since the beginning of the 1990s
  • 30 communities
    will be helped in the project
  • 70% of the population
    is rural and has no access to healthcare centres
Situation

The UDE District in Ghana was declared years ago as endemic for Buruli ulcer. Most of the population lives in remote rural communities which can only be reached by red dirt roads which cannot be used in the rainy season. Under those conditions it is very difficult for the people living there to access the very few health centres which are in any event poorly equipped. The area is characterised by the mines which contaminate the water which supplies the most vulnerable towns. That leads to many diseases like diarrhoea and other skin diseases and makes it impossible for the population in that area to live under good health conditions.

Our goal

The project seeks to improve the access to quality healthcare services, as well as access to drinking water for women, children and people affected by Buruli ulcer and other neglected tropical diseases, in 30 communities in the Upper Denkyira East district.

What we're doing here

 

  • We reinforce the capacities of the main community actors.
  • Improve the access to quality healthcare services for pregnant women, children under 5 years old and people affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases (mainly Buruli and yaws, and to a lesser extent leprosy).
  • Improve the capacities of the district’s healthcare personnel.

 

Who we're helping

 

  • Pregnant women: 1381
  • Parents: 1.381
  • Children under 5 years old: 5,519
  • Buruli ulcer patients: 39
  • People potentially with Buruli ulcer and other NTD: 223

 

In total almost 10,000 people benefit directly from the project.

Results

Anesvad has been collaborating with the Healthcare Directorate of the Upper Denkyira East district for years. The collaboration started in 2005 with a project aimed at early detection and integral service for people with Buruli ulcer which allowed the communities’ health promoters and healthcare personnel to better understand the diseases and thereby progress in the early detection and in the better service for those affected. A healthcare centre was also created with 40 beds and a specific operating theatre to treat people with Buruli ulcer.

Kwabena Sarpong (Healh District Director)

“It is essential to maintain our work in order to guarantee better access to healthcare in the district”

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