Essuehyia

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Essuehyia is located near the coast in the Central Region of Ghana. People in Essuehyia are primarily dedicated to farming and trading. There is a kindergarten, primary school, and junior high school in Essuehyia. There is a health clinic located directly in the community. Currently, standpipes, rainwater harvest, wells, and boreholes provide access to safe drinking water to 40% of homes in Essuehyia. Around 35% of homes have their own toilet facilities. There is an existing rural bank in Essuehyia that offers savings and loans services. The community expressed that their top needs are improved toilet facilities and an improved health facility.

District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 450
Population : 2700
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Percent of homes with toilet facility : 35%
Education : Up to junior high
Distance from nearest GB Lodging Facility :

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

The most common illnesses in Essuehyia are malaria and chest infections.

Global Brigades establishes mobile clinics in Essuehyia 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 assist as many people as possible to enroll (or re-enroll) in the National Health Insurance plan
  3. Supporting and training existing Community Health Nurses

 

32

Volunteers - #

844

Patient Consultations - #

326

Vision Screenings Provided - #

8

Health Education Workshops - #

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN ESSUEHYIA

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Central Michigan University Medical Brigade March 2019 32

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Essuehyia 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 VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

 

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Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

ESSUEHYIA’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 Essuehyia is farming and petty trading.

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Volunteers - #

9

Savings Accounts Opened - #

ESSUEHYIA’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.

Essuehyia has one Microfin “MHope group”: Never Too Late (est. October 2018). The shareholders of the MHope group meet weekly to deposit savings and manage loans which are approved by all the bank’s members.

ESSUEHYIA’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.

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

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Essuehyia 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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