Epicenter Infrastructure in Ghana
An epicenter is a dynamic center of community mobilization and action, as well as an actual facility built and operated by community members.
The Epicenter Strategy achieves synergy among programs in health (including HIV/AIDS prevention), education, adult literacy, nutrition, improved farming and food security, microfinance, water and sanitation, and building community spirit with a momentum of accomplishment involving the entire population. Much of this relies on the physical infrastructure of the epicenter as a community and resource center.
43 of Ghana’s 45 epicenters has a community hall and 37 have electricity. Between 2002 and 2017, 92%, or 3,632 births were attended by a licensed health professional and 44,111 women accessed antenatal services at the epicenter clinic. Eighty-four percent of individuals use health clinics or workers during illness.
Thirty-nine of the epicenters have nursery schools and 31 of those nursery schools participate in the one-meal-per-day program, which promises one nutritious meal per day to each of the 8,178 children in attendance. A total of 544 children are enrolled in an epicenter nursery school as of Q1 2017.