Project Description

Mobile Village Community Health Clinics

Having access to clean water is a catalyst for opportunity and freedom. We in the US often take this blessing for granted. It is just always there. When we get up in the morning, we turn on the faucet and water flows. When we cook, we again turn on the faucet and water flows.  The access we have to clean water provides us a means to be healthier so we can attend school, go to work, and provide for our families.

Growing up, many children ask ‘why?’ It’s a phrase that can wear out any parent, but it’s a question we often ask here at Ghana West Africa Missions (GWAM), too. Why do almost one in three schools in Ghana not have clean water? Why do even fewer have decent toilets? Why are millions of children and teachers around the world exposed to deadly diseases caused by drinking dirty water and going to the toilet in the open? ON of the ways we help answer why is by partnering with Ghana Health Service (GHS) to conduct Mobile Village Community Health Clinics.

The focus of the clinics is to assess weight, blood pressure, temperature, blood glucose testing, rapid malaria testing, visual acuity, ophthalmology assessment, general practitioner assessment, medication prescription, and medication dispensing. Malaria testing was completed for those who met the criteria. Of those tested 12% were positive and were treated for malaria. Clean water in these communities couple with medical clinics provides a more rounded approach to community impact.

With clean water close to home and at school, children have more time to study. They can stay healthy and hydrated, able to focus in class. With decent toilets, girls have a private place to go, keeping them in school. And with good hygiene, like handwashing with soap, children can help their families and friends avoid diseases too. Change is needed, and we all, by working together, can make it happen. Let’s keep asking ‘why?’ so that students everywhere, and teachers across the globe, can reach their full potential.

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In Ghana, there are roughly six million people, 22%, that do not have access to clean water.

Further, approximately 67 percent lack proper access to improved sanitation or are without a toilet facility. According to the World Health Organization, the most common diseases in Ghana are cholera, typhoid, pertussis, tetanus, chickenpox, yellow fever, measles, infectious hepatitis, and malaria. Most of these diseases are the result of the lack of clean water and sanitation facilities.

During our recent Mobile Village Community Health Clinics, we worked with local community agencies such as Ghana Health Services—Yendi Hospital and the Church of Christ Mission Health Center. By working together, it helps to create a better-rounded scope of what we are doing as an organization. It’s called a Holistic Approach or Total Approach. A Holistic Approach to mission efforts is defined as working with the many connecting parts. The challenges and the solutions in Ghana related to clean water are all connected in many ways. We are working to create solutions for these challenges with your help.

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