500 Youths deployed to help fight cholera in Greater Accra

Five hundred youths from seven municipal assemblies in the Greater Accra region has been deployed by the Ghana Red Cross Society to help fight cholera cases in the Greater Accra region. The project is under the theme, “Cholera prevention, using words and shield approach.” It will be on going exercise for a year.

The five hundred volunteers constitute youths coming from Ga south, Ledzokuku, Ablekuma, Okaikwei, Ashiedu-Keteke and La-Nkwantanang municipal assemblies in Greater Accra Region. The training was aimed at equipping the youth with skills on how to handle Cholera cases in their communities. The first batch of the trainees commenced on 6th of October this year with 120 volunteers.

The greater Accra Regional Manager for the Ghana Red Cross society, Mr. Eric Asamoah Darko stated that the volunteers are trained and equipped with the basic skills to enable them assist the Ghana Health Service eradiate Cholera from communities that are prone to Cholera in Accra.

He further said that, due to the large number of outbreak of the disease in the previous year, they felt the need to do this training for the volunteers to help prevent such huge numbers of cholera cases in the country. He further explained that though Ghana Health Service can help prevent cholera, it was not advisable to just sit back and watch them do it all alone.

Mr. Abel Augustinio the project Manager explained that, each volunteer will be stationed at one Health facility in the country whiles the others remaining will be kept at the various posts in the municipal assemblies and must report whenever there is a cholera case.

The team will be divided into two groups where one group will be stationed in cholera prone households and communities while the other group will be stationed in the various facilities like the hospitals and clinics in the communities. The project manager was enthusiastic that this project that has been introduced will go a long way to help reduce the large number of cholera cases in the various communities.

Ghana Red Cross Volunteers conduct baseline survey in 10 districts in Eastern and Ashanti Regions

Ghana Red Cross Society(GRCS) is to start its first Global Water and Sanitation (WASH) Initiative project, with plans to scale-up into “flagship“ concept, integrating Disaster Risk Reduction, Nutrition, and Reproduction Maternal Newborn Child Health components, while the Rapid Mobile Phone-based system will be used to collect and analyze data, and measure progress and impact.

An initial site evaluation and identification was conducted, including mapping and screening of over 340 communities in Ashanti and Eastern regions of Ghana based on predefined criteria. A baseline survey for Water and Sanitation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and nutrition components is conducted in selected sites in the two regions.

A five member team from the International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) namely Zakari Issa, Lorne Nicholas Gerhard Tauscher, Abel Augustino, Meghan O’Hearn are in Ghana to collaborate with Ghana Red Cross Society in the two regional branches and will mobilize volunteers (in 10 districts) in readiness for orientation/training for the volunteer to go into the community to do data collection.

The team on the field will perform the following functions,

Zakari Issa: Survey coordinator, Technical oversight and coordination, Information/communication management, Focus on the operational needs in the field and Logistics management and Maintain relationship with stakeholders and National Society.

Lorne Nicholas: An Intern will, Support to survey coordinator, stakeholder mapping, document stakeholders’ feedback where applicable, back stopping reporting and lessons learnt documentation.

Gerhard Tauscher: WASH and survey surge support, field level activities coordinator, training of National Society volunteers/staffs (Master trainer), supervision of field activities and support survey planning.

Abel Augustino: In-country WASH and survey support, coordination of proper documentation and reporting to allow for lessons learnt and Standard of Operation documentation, supervision of survey teams, support survey planning and backstopping volunteers training.

Meghan O’Hearn: Nutrition and survey surge support, support quality implementation/data cleaning of the baseline survey, supervision of survey teams, backstopping volunteers training, support survey planning, coping of the RMNCH and nutrition-specific needs in the target communities

Thomas Aapore: Ghana Red Cross Society – Health Coordinator, supervision of survey teams, support survey planning, back stopping reporting and documentation

Cyril Amegashie: Ghana Red Cross Society – Data Management Officer Supervision of survey teams, Support volunteers training, Support survey planning

GRCS Regional Managers on regular bases will liaise with the districts and or regional local government authorities/technical agencies and feedback to the survey team and Ghana Red Cross Society health coordinator.

Red Cross Branches will identify and confirm volunteers’ selection meeting pre-agreed criteria with IFRC teams, Roll out the full baseline survey, Organise project planning sessions, Organise project validation sessions with Nestlé GH and relevant stakeholders.

The main objective of the Baseline Survey is to roll out Quality Assurance Monitoring and Implementation to have data available for Analysis and the Information are shared and coordination done with Nestlé-GH and relevant stakeholders.

Community based health First Aid support for Brong Ahafo and Central Region

The Community Based Health First Aid (CBHFA) approach developed by International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and National Societies seeks to create healthy and resilient communities worldwide thus playing a vital part in the Federation Strategy 2020, Strategic Operational Framework (SOF) for Health 2015 and contributing to Millennium Development Goals of 4, 5, 6 and 7.

The approach empowers communities and their volunteers to take charge of their health through mobilizing them to address priority health needs by using simple tools adapted to local contexts. In line with this approach this project aims at contributing to healthier and more resilient communities in Central and Brong Ahafo Regions.

Community ownership and participation has been inculcated in community members to enable them take charge of their own health needs and come out with ways to addressing them. This will ensure continuity of the project even after there in no support from outside.

Ghana Red Cross Society has to train a total number of 100 (32 females, 68 males) community volunteers, 20 per community were trained on the CBHFA modules in 5 project communities. 17 (2 females, 15 males) GRCS staff were also trained as CBHFA facilitators across the country.

The project is however being supported by the Finnish Red Cross (FRC). The success of the CBHFA project from 2010 to 2012 enabled GRCS to scale up the project to new communities from 2013 to 2015 with continuous support from the FRC.

Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) has also been working in close collaboration with the District Assemblies and Ghana Health Service (GHS) at the district, regional and national levels. We are also working in close collaboration with the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), the leading agency to give technical advice on the construction of household toilets.

The two target districts have inadequate water supply, few health facilities, even though there is a district hospital, they are located in the district capitals which are not accessible to the remote communities due to the poor road network. Approximately, project communities are 30-40 kilometers away from the district capitals with poor road network. Sanitation facilities are not available in these communities and the people practice open defecating which pose public health hazards. These communities are prone to epidemics such as cholera, diarrhea and other infectious diseases such as measles and woofing cough which occur at least once every year.

Agona East District with its capital at Agona Nsaba is one of the twenty districts in the Central Region of Ghana. The total district population in 2012 was estimated to be 91,330. The total regional population is estimated at 2,201,863 (2010 population census).

With a surface area of 39,558 km2, Brong Ahafo is the second largest region in Ghana with 22 administrative districts/municipalities. The 2010 Population and Housing Census estimated the region’s population at 2,282,128. The total district population of Atebubu-Amanten is 65,567 (2010 census provisional results).

Assessment conducted in May 2013, showed the health needs prioritized by the communities and confirmed during the community dialogues:

Water and sanitation (software and hard ware)
Malaria and river blindness
Disasters (flooding, storms, fire outbreak and cholera outbreak)
First aid (epilepsy, burns, snake bites, and road accidents)
Mother and child health (safe motherhood, teenage pregnancies)
HIV and AIDS and stigma and discrimination.

Progress towards the outcomes has been made as the capacities of 100 community volunteers have been built to support the implementation of CBHFA activities. The volunteers have already undergone the minimum required CBHFA training and have commenced fully the health promotion activities in their communities.

In one of the communities, the volunteers managed to mobilize the community to construct a pit latrine which they didn’t have. Before, they had a free range system where community members practice the open defecation system but after the Phase I training the volunteers underwent, they saw the need to construct one. Currently 96 out of the 100 volunteers have fully registered as Red Cross members.

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