Gyabankrom

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Gyabankrom is located in Central Ghana. Most of the homes in the community are made up of block/brick or wood. Some of the top needs expressed by the community are improvements to water and sanitation, support for local businesses, and improvements to classrooms at the school. Children in the community typically attend school up until junior high school. The current water system in the community is 4 boreholes. Most of the community members work in farming, fish mongering or day labor. The community has access to a community bank in the form of a Susu coop.

District: Abura-Aseibu-Kwamankese (AAK)
Region: Central

Homes : 555
Population : 3542
Water System : Borehole
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Clinic : Yes
Midwife at clinic : Yes
Homes with toilet facility : 10%
Education : Up to Junior High School
Distance from GB lodging facility : 30-60 minutes

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

Gyabankrom CHPS center and nurses

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.

Gyabankrom has a CHPS compound in the community. The most common illnesses in Gyabankrom are malaria, cough, and anemia.

91

Volunteers

2,700

Patient Consultations

746

Vision Screenings Provided

19

Health Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Brigaders shadow GB Ghana Medical Program Manager, Dr. Cornelius, as he provides a patient consultation at Gyabankrom

Medical Brigade clinics are hosted in Gyabankrom’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 7 educational workshops are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 654
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES SERVED: Botsigua, Egotsia Kokodo, Kwamankese

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN GYABANKROM:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
Shenandoah University Medical Brigade March 2019 38
University of Arizona Medical Brigade May 2019 22
Milwaukee School of Engineering Medical March 2020 31

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades has not yet implemented Water Brigades in the community of Gyabankrom. Currently, the community does have a water committee to help support the current infrastructure within the community.  Global Brigades plans to start water programming in the community of Gyabankrom as soon as feasible.

 

Water System : Yes
System Type : Boreholes
Homes connected to water : N/A
Water Council : Yes

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

Community Bank : Yes, susu coop
Community Bank Members : 20
Economic Activities : farming
Existing microenterprises : Gari processing

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Gyabankrom 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 : 10%
Common house materials : concrete, mud bricks, wood

Local Reference Points

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