Ekotsi

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Ekotsi is located near the coast in the Central Region of Ghana. A typical home in Ekotsi is made of mud, concrete blocks, or wood. People in Ekotsi are primarily dedicated to farming, day labor, and trading. The nearest health clinic is several kilometers away in the community of Essuehyia. There are two standpipes that provide access to safe drinking water for around 10% of homes in Ekotsi. Otherwise, the average round trip walking time to a water source is 24 minutes. Approximately 20% of homes have their own toilet facilities. There is an existing rural bank in Ekotsi that offers savings and loans services. The community expressed that their top needs are a health clinic, teachers’ quarters for the school, and a community center.

District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 196
Population : 1033
Water System : Yes (limited)
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Homes with toilet facility : 20%
Education :
Distance from nearest GB Lodging Facility : 43 km

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

The most common illnesses in Ekotsi are malaria, chest infections, and anemia.

Global Brigades establishes mobile clinics in Ekotsi up to twice per year 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 by:

  1. Improving the infrastructure and equipment of the existing Community Health Planning & Services (CHPS) facilities
  2. Educating community members about the benefits of health insurance, and assisting as many people as possible to enroll (or re-enroll) in the National Health Insurance plan
  3. Supporting and training existing Community Health Nurses

 

55

Volunteers - #

2415

Patient Consultations - #

14

Health Education Workshops - #

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
San Jose State University Medical Brigade January 2013 15
Jesuit Medical School Consortium Medical Brigade June 2013 12
University of New Hampshire Medical Brigade January 2014 28
Dublin City University Medical Brigade May 2014

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Ekotsi 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.

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WATER VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

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Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

EKOTSI’S ECONOMIC CHALLENGE

Rural communities in Ghana face a number of structural obstacles when it comes to economic growth. Access to credit is limited by physical barriers in transportation and exclusion from formal financial institutions. If community members aren’t able to access these institutions, their only option is to solicit credit from loan sharks, who charge exorbitant interest rates. Additionally, maintaining savings is not a common practice in rural communities in Ghana.The main source of income in Ekotsi is farming and petty trading.

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Savings Accounts Opened - #

EKOTSI’S MICRO-FINANCE SOLUTION

The GB Business Program works with Microfin Rural Bank to stimulate the local economy by organizing community volunteers around a community bank which is entirely owned and operated by its members. Focusing on providing access to credit and savings for their fellow community members, its volunteers are tasked with socializing the community bank and managing the funds. Microfin and the GB Business Program provides training and support to help strengthen these community banks and stimulate the flow of capital within the community. These financial services are especially beneficial for subsistence farmers and entrepreneurs, who can invest more heavily in their production with a loan, pay back the loan after sales, and generate an income with any excess.

Ekotsi has not yet established a Microfin “MHope group,” but will begin as soon as feasible. The shareholders of the MHope group will weekly to deposit savings and manage loans which are approved by all the bank’s members.

EKOTSI’S BUSINESS SOLUTION

In addition to working with the community banks, the Business Program provides support and technical skills in establishing anchor businesses that generate additional capital. The goal is to better integrate isolated communities into the local economy and allow for growth. During this process, interested community members receive training to increase their familiarity with business terminology, develop their business administration skills, and promote innovation and diversification in the types of business ventures they pursue.

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of California Los Angeles Business Brigade 2013 32
University of Texas Microfinance Brigade 2013 19
University College London Business Brigade 2013 6
London School of Economics Microfinance Brigade 2013 22
University of Southern California Microfinance Brigade 2013 31
School of Oriental and African Studies Microfinance Brigade 2013 14

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Ekotsi but has not yet begun with the Public Health Brigades program. Now in the planning phase, implementation of a public health solution will start as soon as feasible.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

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Local Reference Points

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