Building Healthy and Resilient Communities

The Aowin district was chosen for the first clinic building because of the demonstrated need.  Our two-day temporary clinics there had seen more than 300 people each day, some of whom walk several days to receive treatment.
— Dr. Gabriella Nanci, President and Founder of the Yonkofa Project

Imagine what life would be like with no access to healthcare, no hospital or doctors in your community, nowhere to turn when illness or injury strikes you or a loved one. This is a reality for the inhabitants of rural Ghana where children and adults die of pandemic disease and disabling conditions that are both treatable and preventable.

 

What we have achieved

  1. Clean water is available to the clinic and is being piped down to the village below.

  2. We have improved health care for the entire district by adding supplemental support to the district hospital, providing medicines and medical supplies for the district.

  3. We have supplied baby kits and gifts to expectant mothers to encourage prenatal visits, making mothers aware of the availability of safe midwife delivery.

  4. Blood bank being developed to supply the district.

  5. PhaaseID now used and medical histories will be more readily available

  6. Antibiotics and other medicines can be stored in the super insulated refrigerator that keeps cool for 4 days without electricity.

  7. An average of 110 patient visits each day

  8. Nurses are staying local because they have a clean and safe place to work

Yiwabra/Yonkofa Clinic

In 2011, The Yonkofa Project asked a local Chief for three acres of land so we could build a clinic. The land was located in a cocoa-growing community in Western Ghana, surrounded by rainforest. With the support of friends in Atlanta, the Yonkofa Clinic 1 opened to serve this rural community.  Originally planned as a simple clinic, The Yonkofa Project is doing so much more.

The Ghana economy has struggled in recent years. When we started building, 1 Ghana Cedi was nearly equal to 1 U.S. Dollar.  Now, it is over 4.6 Ghana Cedis to 1 U.S. Dollar.   The new national health insurance program has not had the funds that were expected and have not reimbursed clinics and hospitals for patient services in as much as a year.  Private clinics are no longer accepting the government insurance cards, and the government hospitals, especially the rural ones, are woefully short of supplies.  We are no longer just building clinics, we are helping the other clinics in the area to stay open.

For many pregnant women, the clinic means they won't have to walk for two days to find help with a difficult delivery.  For farmers, it means antibiotics will be available to treat an agriculture-related wound, a wound which could become chronic and disabling if not treated.

Our clinic in Yiwabra, Ghana has been upgraded to a Medical Center. It has a full set of services including laboratory, pharmacy, midwifery, ultrasound, and general practice. It also is able to handle admitted patients.

 This little boy found help for his brother's pneumonia at a Yonkofa-supplied clinic.

This little boy found help for his brother's pneumonia at a Yonkofa-supplied clinic.

The Appiahkrom Yonkofa Clinic is currently under construction. With your help, we can complete construction and ship beds, laboratory equipment, and other items to make it a real clinic! You can help by contributing to the Appiahkrom medical supply and building fund.