Akra

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Akra is located near the coast in the Central Region of Ghana. People in Akra are primarily dedicated to farming and fishing, the typical house is made of mud and bricks. The people in this community have access to primary education but if they want to pursue secondary and tertiary education they need to travel to the city. When visiting the community, they expressed that their top needs are improving the sanitation projects, access to household toilet facilities, and access to credit. Global Brigades is currently working with Medical brigades in Akra and seeking collaboration with local partners to implement water, sanitation, healthcare and economic projects as part of Global Brigades’ strategic plan in Ghana.

District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 286
Population : 975
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Not Started
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Community Health Workers : Not Started
Education : Up to middle school
Distance from Lodging Facility : N/A

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Global Brigades establishes mobile clinics in Akra in an effort to provide access to basic health care services to the community members. In conjunction with the government-run Ghana Health Service, Global Brigades is working to improve healthcare in the region including the support of establishing and training local Community Health Workers.  

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Volunteers

BRIGADE INFORMATION:

Medical Brigade clinics are hosted in Akra’s CHPS Compound. Volunteers assist local doctors and community nurses to serve patients at each station of the clinic. Each day of the brigade, an average of 3 educational workshops are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: +300

MEDICAL/DENTAL VOLUNTEERS IN AKRA:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
DePaul University Medical June 2014 10 Seattle University Medical June 2014 15
University of California Irvine Medical June 2014

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

AKRA’S WATER CHALLENGE:

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Asomdwee but has not yet begun with the Water Brigades program. Now in the planning phase, implementation of a water solution will start as soon as feasible.

Water System : N/A
Type of water system : Borehole and standpipe
Water Committee : N/A
Average round trip walking time to a water source : 15 minutes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Akra but has not yet begun with the Business Program. Now in the planning phase, the Business Program will conduct an evaluation of a community bank as soon as feasible, followed by market studies and investment in an anchor business to provide additional capital.

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

AKRA’S PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE:

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Akra but has not yet begun with the Public Health Program. Now in the planning phase, the financing, delivery, and installation of household health infrastructure products will start as soon as feasible.

Homes with toilet facility : 15
Homes with water storage units : 29
Homes with traditional stoves : 257
Homes with concrete floors : 43
Homes with bath/shower : 257
Common house materials : Mud and bricks

Local Reference Points

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