GlobeMed at USC partners with Care Net Ghana in Hohoe, Ghana to support women's and children's health and human rights
Who We Are // GlobeMed at USC
Founded in 2007, GlobeMed at USC is one of 50 GlobeMed chapters working to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. They partner with Care Net Ghana, a grassroots organization in Hohoe, Ghana, to develop, fund, and implement projects that support women's and children's health and human rights.
Our Partner // Care Net Ghana in Hohoe, Ghana
Care Net Ghana is a grassroots organization in Hohoe, Ghana dedicated to delivering efficient and sustainable programs that promote rights and improve the living condition of marginalized groups, especially women and children. They combine basic education with health information, providing women and children with information about how to remain healthy and take actions to improve their own and their families’ health. Their areas of focus are education, health, child's rights and environmental conservation.
The Project // $15,000 to Train and Equip 50 Traditional Birth Attendants Health Workers
Our goal this year is to educate, train, and equip 50 volunteers to become Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs). The initial two-week-long training, organized by Care Net Ghana, will transform each motivated villager into an efficient, educated, and sustainable resource for his or her community. TBAs will provide prenatal care, birth assistance, and postnatal check-ups for mothers and children in their villages, where most births occur at home and access to healthcare is rarely available. They will also be educated on linked issues such as nutrition, AIDS, and malaria prevention. Furthermore, our project will equip TBAs with TBA kits, sanctioned by the World Health Organization, which contain gloves, antiseptic, and other sterile equipment for use during deliveries and check-ups.
Why Community Health Workers?
The maternal and child mortality rate is tragically high in rural southern Ghana, and with only 0.85 trained doctors for every 10,000 people, resources are highly limited. Tapping into the resources of motivated community members and giving them the training and equipment they need to provide healthcare to their own community is an innovative, sustainable, and inspiring way to address this crisis. Similar programs have been shown to drastically reduce the number of preventable deaths among mothers and children, and the chance to empower a community to take control of its own health is a unique and truly incredible opportunity. Your donation will go incredibly far in creating a sustainable solution to the crisis of maternal health in Volta, Ghana, and ultimately changing the landscape of health for this community. Thank you so much for your support!
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