Health & Nutrition in Ghana
Health Committees, which are made up of epicenter partners, operate medical programs that provide maternal care, disease-prevention, and HIV/AIDS services.
The Health Committee assists in operating the health clinic (including a delivery room, consultation rooms, pharmacy and toilets). The clinic typically tracks child and maternal health, provides malaria and tuberculosis prevention and treatment, offers nutrition education, administers medications and supplies and coordinates with government and local agencies to host medical staff.
All of the epicenter clinics in Ghana have pre- and postnatal care systems in place. Since 2002, over 2,056 people have been trained in health, and another 32,308 people have been trained in nutrition. Over 388,998 children have received weight or nutrition monitoring. All but two of the epicenters offer vaccinations.
The Hunger Project also trains specialized volunteer “HIV animators” in each epicenter who conduct workshops that engage both women and men in learning the facts of HIV/AIDS and the role of gender inequality in fueling the pandemic. The HIV animators work with the epicenter Health Committee in mobilizing the entire population to halt the spread of HIV. As of 2016, four epicenters offer HIV/AIDS testing but many of the clinics distribute condoms and provide counseling for HIV/AIDS patients.
Despite some lacking an actual health clinic, most of the epicenters provide malnutrition counseling and treatment, diarrhea and dehydration treatment and height and weight tracking for children.
*As of Q1 2017