Suprudo

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Suprudo is located in the Central Region of Ghana.  People in Suprudo are primarily dedicated to farming, animal raising, and trading. There is a kindergarten, primary school, and junior-high in the community. Suprudo has a CHPs clinic directly in community.  Currently, standpipes provide around 20% of homes with access to safe drinking water. Before Global Brigades started working with Suprudo, only about 2% of homes had their own toilet facility. This meant that most families relied on the few public toilets or practiced open defecation. The homes in Suprudo are typically made up of mud, bricks or blocks. There are community microfinance groups in Suprudo that provide savings and loans services to members. The community expressed that their top needs are a household water connection, improved toilet facilities, and an improved health facility.

District: Ekumfi

Region: Central

Homes : 260
Population : 1200
Water System : No
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Health Center : Yes
Percent of homes with toilet facility : 2%
Education : Up to junior high
Nearest GB lodging facility : Weda Lodge

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

The most common illnesses in Suprudo are malaria, helminthiasis, and anemia.

Global Brigades establishes mobile clinics in  Suprudo 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
Suprudo CHPs facility

119

Volunteers

1744

Patients Consultations

182

Vision Consultations

24

Educational Workshops

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN THE COMMUNITY:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
London, Ontario Medical Brigade May 2014 47
New Jersey Institute of Technology Medical Brigade March 2018 22
SUNY Stony Brook Medical Brigade June 2018 30
Seton Hall University & St. John’s University Medical Brigade May 2019 20

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Suprudo 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:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers Chapter Date # Of Volunteers

Business

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

SUPRUDO’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 Suprudo is farming, animal raising, and petty trading.

N/A

Volunteers - #

2

MHope Groups (community banks)- #

42

Community Bank Members - #

SUPRUDO’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.

Suprudo has 2 Microfin groups: Kyere Wo Do (est. August 2019) and No Jesus (est. Sept 2019). The members of these banks meet weekly to deposit savings and manage loans which are approved by all the bank’s members.

SUPRUDO’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 Suprudo 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

SUPRUDO’S PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGE

Many community members in Suprudo lack the resources to make improvements to their household infrastructure. Prior to their partnership with Global Brigades, only 2% of homes in Suprudo had a toilet. 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.

11

Volunteers

44

People Benefitted with PH Infrastructure - #

1

Public Health Educational Workshops - hours

SUPRUDO’S PUBLIC HEALTH SOLUTION

By partnering with Global Brigades’ Public Health Program, Suprudo’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 Suprudo in November 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.

PUBLIC HEALTH VOLUNTEERS IN SUPRUDO

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

Local Reference Points

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