Building Healthy and Resilient Communities
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
- Clean water is available to the clinic and is being piped down to the village below.
- 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.
- We have supplied baby kits and gifts to expectant mothers to encourage prenatal visits, making mothers aware of the availability of safe midwife delivery.
- Blood bank being developed to supply the district.
- PhaaseID now used and medical histories will be more readily available
- Antibiotics and other medicines can be stored in the Yiwabra refrigerator
- An average of 110 patient visits each day
- Nurses are staying local because they have a clean and safe place to work
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 4 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 a clinic, 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.
This little boy found help for his brother's pneumonia at a Yonkofa-supplied clinic.