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Ekumpoano is located near the coast in the Central Region of Ghana. The typical house is made of bricks/blocks. People in Ekumpoano are primarily dedicated to farming and fishing. Children in the community have access to kindergarten, primary school, and junior high school. People in Ekumpoano obtain their drinking water from public standpipes, and the average round trip walking time to a standpipe is 15 minutes. Prior to Global Brigades’ arrival, many people in Ekumpoano lacked access to sanitation infrastructure. Only 3% of homes had their own toilet facility, so most households made use of the few community toilets or practiced open defecation. Ekumpoano has a Community Health Compound and a private pharmacy. The most common illnesses among children are malaria, cough, and diarrhea; and most common illnesses for adults are malaria, elephantiasis, and hernias. The top needs expressed by Ekumpoano’s inhabitants during their initial communications with Global Brigades are additional standpipes, toilets, and improvements to the junior high school building.


District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 505
Population : 1300
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Community Health Workers : Yes
% of Homes with Latrines : 3
Education : Up to Junior High
Distance from GB Lodging Facility :


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete


Global Brigades establishes mobile clinics in Ekumpoano 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, GB is working to improve healthcare in the region including the support of establishing and training local Community Health Workers.  



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To encourage health care access in Ekumpoano, Global Brigades is working with the community to improve the infrastructure and equipment of the existing Community Health Planning & Services (CHPS) facility. They are currently in the process of adding a maternity ward to the center.


A 2019 study conducted by the Ghana Monitoring & Evaluation team revealed that, of the 3392 inhabitants in Ekumpoano, only 1285 of them are enrolled on the National Health Insurance plan. Of those who are enrolled on the plan, 487 have either expired or missing cards. The remaining 2107 inhabitants (62.1% of the community) are not enrolled onto the insurance scheme and thus do not have any health insurance at all. Global Brigades is working with local agencies to educate community members about the benefits of health insurance, and assist as many people as possible to enroll (or re-enroll) in the National Health Insurance plan.


Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Southern California Dec 2017 21
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Jan 2019 38
Western Virginia University May 2019 24


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  • Active
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Prior to their partnership with Global Brigades, Ekumpoano had a borehole and standpipe water system. The system did not have a distribution network to individual houses. In order to retrieve water for household use, people – often women and children – would make multiple trips each day to one of the 4 the standpipes carrying containers. The average round trip walking time to a standpipe was 15 minutes.


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One of the top needs expressed by Ekumpoano in their initial meetings with Global Brigades was the construction of more standpipes to facilitate community members’ access to clean drinking water. Global Brigades, in partnership with the Ghana Water Company, have since increased the total number of standpipes in Ekumpoano to 9.


Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
SDI Munich Public Health Brigade November 2019 11


Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete


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 Ekumpoano is farming, fishmongering, and petty trading. The average monthly income per household is $5-8.


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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.

Ekumpoano has three Microfin groups: Dofo Group (est. May 2019), Nyame Abasa (est. Sept 2019), and Nyame Aye (est. Sept 2019). The shareholders of these banks meet weekly to deposit savings and manage loans which are approved by all the bank’s members.


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.

The Business Program will start hosting Business Brigades in Ekumpoano to study the local market in hopes of identifying and developing potential business opportunities for the community as soon as feasible.


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Public Health

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Many community members in Ekumpoano lack the resources to make improvements to their household infrastructure. Prior to their partnership with Global Brigades, only there were only 3 public toilets to serve over 500 households. With many households situated near the beach, community members frequently practiced open defecation, putting them at risk for fecally transmitted disease and water borne illnesses. Sanitation units are necessary to improve hygiene practices, prevent contamination and disease, and offer privacy.




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By partnering with Global Brigades’ Public Health Program, Ekumpoano’s inhabitants are hoping to avoid preventable diseases and adopt proper hygiene and sanitation practices.

Global Brigades began working with the Public Health program in Ekumpoano in January 2019. With collaboration from our community partners, we started the implementation of biodigester tanks and pour-flush toilets in the houses of our community members. Family members are responsible for contributing some materials, such as sand and bricks, as well as contributing food and drink for the mason.  

WaSH Program Manager, Emmanuel, showing off a new toilet!


Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Connecticut Public Health Brigade March 2017 20
Marquette University Public Health Brigade Jan 2019 23
Southern Connecticut State University Public Health Brigade Jan 2019 22
University of Colorado- Colorado Springs Medical Brigade Jan 2019 38
University of Portland Public Health Brigade March 2019 15
Carnegie Mellon University Public Health Brigade March 2019 16
University of Maryland Baltimore County Public Health Brigade March 2019 14
Wright State University Public Health Brigade May 2019 18
University of Miami Public Health Brigade May 2019 11
West Virginia University Medical Brigade May 2019 24
University of Texas San Antonio Public Health Brigade May 2019 11
Governors State University Public Health Brigade May 2019 17
University of Edinburgh Public Health Brigade May 2019 14
San Francisco State University Medical Brigade June 2019 31
California State University Los Angeles, Queen Mary University of London, Southern Methodist University, St. George’s University of London Medical Brigade August 2019 24
University of Central Florida & Wayne State University Medical Brigade August 2019 29

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