Eyisam

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Eyisam is located near the coast in the Central Region of  Ghana. A typical home in Eyisam is made of mud, concrete blocks, or wood. People in Eyisam are primarily dedicated to farming. There is a health clinic in the community. People in Eyisam obtain water from standpipes, boreholes, and the nearby river. A small percentage of homes in the community have their own toilet facility, which leaves most families to use the few public toilets or practice open defecation. There is a kindergarten, primary school, and junior high school in Eyisam. There is an existing rural bank in Eyisam that offers savings and loans services. The community expressed that their top needs are toilet facilities, improvements to the health clinic, and jobs & educational scholarships for young people.

District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 850
Population : 4500
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Clinic : Yes
Midwife at clinic : Yes
Homes with toilet facility : N/A
Education : Up to junior high
Distance from nearest GB Lodging Facility : 30-60 minutes

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Eyisam CHPS Compound

There are two types of public health clinics available to rural Ghanaians: Health Centers and Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds. Health Centers serve large geographic areas within a district and are staffed by physicians. CHPS compounds serve small clusters of communities and are staffed by live-in nurses. The nurses provide basic services and, if capacity allows, they conduct home visits to families in the communities. 

Even with this coverage, it is important to note that medications, equipment, and essential infrastructure are often not available in these clinics and the physician density in Ghana remains around 0.2 physicians per 1,000 people. According to the World Health Organization, there should be a minimum of 2.3 physicians per 1,000 people to qualify a country as having adequate access to medical attention.

Another key factor for health care access in Ghana is insurance. Ghana’s National Health Insurance plan offers universal coverage, but few rural community members are actively enrolled. During Medical Brigades, community members are educated about the benefits of health insurance, and are encouraged to enroll (or re-enroll) in the National Health Insurance Plan.

79

Volunteers

969

Patient Consultations

338

Vision Screenings Provided

12

Health Education Workshops

CLINIC IMPROVEMENT

When Eyisam first began their partnership with Global Brigades, the conditions of the CHPS Compound were preventing the nurses from providing adequate services to their patients. The nurses expressed that their top needs were: washrooms for patients and a fridge for vaccines. Global Brigades worked with local contractors in 2019 to improve the infrastructure and equipment of the CHPS Compound.

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Brigaders lead a health workshop outside the Eyisam CHPS compound

Medical Brigade clinics are hosted in Eyisam’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 charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 470

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN EYISAM:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Brigade December 2017 18
Jesuit Medical School Consortium Medical Brigade June 2013 12
Pennsylvania State University Medical Brigade May 2019 32
University of Central Florida & Wayne State University Medical Brigade August 2019 29

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Eyisam 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 : Yes
System type : Bore holes
Homes connected to water : N/A
Water Council : No

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Eyisam but has not yet begun with the Business Brigades program. Now in the planning phase, a market study and the establishment of a community business will start as soon as feasible.

Community Bank : Yes
Community Bank Members : N/A
Economic Activities : farming
Existing microenterprises : small-scale trading business

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

Homes with toilet facilities : N/A
Common house materials : concrete blocks, bricks

Local Reference Points

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