HIV/Malaria Outreach Program in Rural Ghana
$1,650 raised
83% of $2k goal
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4 Years running
As many of you may know, I have been volunteering in Keta, Ghana for the past few months at a rural clinic named Hope for the Future. Situated in a mostly agricultural setting, the need for such a clinic is palpable. There is one Government hospital ...
As many of you may know, I have been volunteering in Keta, Ghana for the past few months at a rural clinic named Hope for the Future. Situated in a mostly agricultural setting, the need for such a clinic is palpable. There is one Government hospital for the almost 40,000 people on the Keta peninsula, and the average wait time to see a doctor is about 7 hours. Due to the presence of the Keta Lagoon, and year-round still water pools, malaria is a constant number one killer of children under five, and presents a huge risk for the average citizens. There has also been a national shortage of HIV tests and instead of getting the tests for free as usual, NGOs and hospitals across the country have to now pay for the rapid tests. Hope for the Future was built in a township mostly consisting of farmers and fishermen, the majority of whom have never attended school, and the HIV rate in this area due to the transient nature of the workers and the lack of education is the highest on the peninsula. By having to now purchase the HIV testing kits it has become difficult to offer HIV screening and counseling for free.

To use my training as a lab technician, which I received in my first few weeks here in Ghana, Afia Clinics International (ACI) is embarking on an outreach campaign to go to the rural settings and do HIV, malaria, and blood pressure rapid testing. Since the clinic opened last year, we have had an average of 8% HIV positive rate among our patients, and unfortunately that number is expected to rise once we visit the rural settings. By going out to people’s work places and homes to do rapid testing for these debilitating illnesses, we allow people who otherwise due to financial constraints and intensive work schedule, would otherwise not receive even basic treatment or screening. While on the outreach programs I will be utilizing our trained Peer Educators to pass on preventive methods to our patients while I am performing rapid testing and checking blood pressure.

To do all this effectively, we need assistance in purchasing the rapid HIV and malaria testing kits. One kit only costs $1, and by reaching our goal of $2,000, enough to buy 1,000 malaria and 1,000 HIV kits, we will have enough supplies to canvas the rural villages surrounding the clinic. In order to bolster participation we will only charge 1 Ghana cedis ($.50) for the malaria tests and we always, as a rule, provide the HIV tests for free. The extra $.50 goes towards transportation, renting equipment, and programs costs. This is your opportunity to support my efforts in Ghana, and have a tangible effect on someone’s life. Thank you so much.

Alison Hearst

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