Obidan

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Obidan is located near the coast in the Central Region of  Ghana.  A typical home in Obidan is made of bricks, wood, or mud. People in Obidan are primarily dedicated to farming. There is a kindergarten, primary school, and junior high school in Obidan. The nearest health clinic is in the nearby community of Suprudo. About 50% of the community has access to water through piped water from the Ghana Water Company and also three public standpipes. Approximately 1% of homes have their own toilet facilities, leaving most families to use the few public toilets or practice open defecation. There is no existing rural bank in Obidan that offers savings and loans services. The community expressed that their top needs are a market, toilets, and a community center.

District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 130
Population : 750
Water System : Yes
Community Bank : No
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : No
Homes with toilet facility : 1%
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 Obidan is malaria.

Global Brigades establishes mobile clinics in Obidan 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

 

 

30

Volunteers - #

617

Patient Consultations - #

16

Health Education Workshops - #

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook Medical Brigade May 2014 30

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

OBIDAN’S WATER CHALLENGE:

One of the major challenges for the development of the community was lack of access to clean, sufficient water. Community members, mostly women and children, were forced to make numerous trips per day to local streams to retrieve and carry untreated water back to their homes. Contamination was often an issue for these low flowing, and often stagnant streams, negatively impacting the health of the community.

631

Project Beneficiaries - #

3

Standpipes constructed - #

1

Kilometers of pipeline laid - #

OBIDAN’S WATER SOLUTION:

The Ghana Water Company is in charge of water distribution and treatment in the region where Obidan is located. In 2016, Global Brigades worked with the GWC to modify and expand its distribution infrastructure to get treated water to strategic points within Obidan where 3 standpipes were built. These standpipes give the 631 community members living in Obidan, access to clean water, and meet the standards of the World Health Organization. By placing them in areas near the population, families spend less time and energy retrieving water for use in their homes.

WATER VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

BUSINESS VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

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

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Volunteers - #

N/A

Toilets Constructed

PUBLIC HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Local Reference Points

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