Supporting the Ghanaian Upper East Region to end NTDs
- Ghana Country
- 63.216 € Investment
- 2023/25 Length
Most of the people affected with skin NTDs are faced with stigma and discrimination from the inability to carry out economic activities.
Inadequate access to health care as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities is one of the problem faced by them. They have been neglected from decision making and involvement in most of the programs both at the local governance level and the health care system in Ghana. There is also inadequate case search and screening for skin NTDs especially among clinicians in the various health facilities in the country.
The Ghana Coalition and Anesvad Fountation have joined forces to tackle the problems faced by people affected with skin NTDs in the Upper East Region of Ghana and implement a project focused on:
- Coordinating advocacy activities towards mobilising resources to ensure the provision and utilization of WASH in communities that are endemic.
- Organising educational campaigns to create community awareness on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of skin NTDs.
- Organising community durbars to sensitize communities on stigma and discrimination against people affected with skin NTDs.
- Advocating for the inclusion of people affected withy skin NTDs into the District Assembly Disability fund and ensure they have access to the fund to empower them economically.
- Training all cadres of health care providers especially the primary health care system as well as community health volunteers to champion skin NTDs activities in their communities.
By the end of the project, the Upper East Region and its communities will obtain a deeper knowledge on how NTDs are managed and which WASH, sensibilitation and advocacy campaigns should be executed to ease the burden of this neglected diseases.
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