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Given the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and travel concerns to the region for large groups, Global Brigades suspended brigades to Ghana in September 2014. Since, our local staff has continued to perpetuate the programs through new governmental and private partnerships which has led to stronger year-round work and new ways for small groups of international volunteers to get involved. As such, since there are still no reported cases of Ebola in Ghana, more awareness exists of the risk of its spread, and programmatic improvements have been made for small groups to make tremendous impact, the Ghana staff is very enthusiastic to reopen its doors.


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Ghana is considered to be the one of the most successful democracies in Africa, melding together with their traditional chief system. Although Ghana is reported to be on track to meet the Millennium Development goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015, Ghana’s rural communities still face many challenges in access to healthcare, clean water, and loan capital.


Global Brigades opened its doors in Ghana in 2011 after a thorough search for an African country to expand operations. Over the last three years, more than 4,000 university volunteers were welcomed by our community partners there to implement clean water projects, mobile medical/dental clinics, savings & loan programs, and public health infrastructure projects.

However, in 2014, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has threatened our development work in Ghana. Although there has not yet been a reported case in Ghana, the limited capacity for volunteers to travel to the region led to the decision to postpone brigades until the virus is contained. In the meantime, our community projects continue with our Ghana Staff, and partnerships with local NGOs and governmental agencies which have already been established. 







• 24,791,000 population


• 20% lack access to
  safe water


• 87% lack access to
  improved sanitation


• $2,500 USD GDP
  per person



• Established 2011


• 26 full-time local staff


• 70+ part-time local staff


• 19 community partners


• 4,105 volunteers


• 207 brigades



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