Tuakwa

  • Overview
  • Medical
  • Water
  • Business
  • Public Health

Overview

Tuakwa is located in the Central Region of  Ghana.The majority of the community members work in agriculture harvesting food like corn, vegetables, and plantains. The community has access to healthcare in the form of a CHPS Zone. People in the community are able to attend school until Junior High. There is a standpipe and borehole located in the community that provide access to safe drinking water. Around 5% of homes have their own toilet facilities, which means most families rely on a few public toilets or practice open defecation. There is a susu group in Tuakwa that offers savings and loans services to members. The community expressed that their top needs are accommodations for the community health nurses and household toilet facilities.

District: Abura Asebu Kwamankese

Region: Central

Homes : 409
Population : 2045
Water System : Yes
Health Center : CHPS zone
Midwife at clinic : Yes, 2
Community Bank : Yes
Electricity : Yes
Homes with a toilet facility : 5%
Education : Up to junior high
Distance from nearest GB Lodging Facility : 30-60 minutes

Medical

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

HEALTH CARE ACCESS:

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.

Tuakwa has a CHPS Compound within their community, staffed by nurses and 2 midwives. The most common illnesses in Tuakwa are malaria, diarrhea, and skin infections.

53

Volunteers

583

Patient Consultations

184

Vision Screenings Provided

8

Health Education Workshops

BRIGADE INFORMATION

Tuakwa CHPS Zone compound

Medical Brigade clinics are hosted in Tuakwa‘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 4 educational charlas are facilitated with the clinic’s patients.

  • AVERAGE PATIENTS ATTENDED: 346
  • NEARBY COMMUNITIES SERVED: Obokan, Odunkwan, Empiro

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS IN TUAKWA:

Chapter Date # Of Volunteers
University of Texas Austin Medical Brigade Jan 2019 31
Regis University Medical Brigade May 2019 22

Water

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Tuakwa 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 : Borehole
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 Tuakwa 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, susu coop
Community Bank Members : 150
Economic Activities : farming, fish mongering
Existing microenterprises : No

Public Health

Program Status

  • Planning
  • Active
  • Complete

Global Brigades is working on the implementation of the Holistic Model in Tuakwa 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 : 30%
Common house materials : wood, mud bricks, concrete

Local Reference Points

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