Good health is one of the most fundamental needs for people to lead a full life and be able to care for themselves. With this most simple of rationales, AfriKids is committed to ensuring that our beneficiaries have every chance of receiving decent healthcare.
This project is on going with various time limited projects within.
Despite significant efforts and pro-active policies by the government there remain serious staff shortages, inadequate infrastructure and limited understanding of the benefits of modern medicine in northern Ghana. One way in which AfriKids is working with the Ghana Health Service to address this situation, as well as make progress towards sustainability, is through the AfriKids Medical Centre.
When the Ghanaian Government launched its National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in 2007, AfriKids registered to become a provider. NHIS enables families to access healthcare free at the point of delivery. The AfriKids Medical Centre provides NHIS care and makes a profit through government payments. It’s a vital service provider for the region and our fastest growing sustainability business. Its profits fund the child rights work which hope to be completely locally sustained by 2018.
To ensure that the AfriKids Medical Centre is able to generate all of its own income by 2018
Activities» Expand inpatient and maternal health services by building new wards to increase the capacity to care for patients
» Purchase the necessary equipment to ensure that hospital runs efficiently and delivers a quality level of care to patients
» Work with the Ghana Health Service to develop a centre of excellence that will be sustainable in the future.
This is an ongoing project. AfriKids collects both qualitative and quantitative data to record progress and our successes.
As a business the Centre has performed outstandingly. Since 2007 patient numbers have increased at the centre by 600%. August 2009 saw 7,428 patients walk through the doors as compared to 350 in the first month of operation (February 2007). It now generates over £40,000 in operating profit per year covering core activities at AfriKids Ghana. In the long run the Centre will contribute to the economic development of the region and cater for the medical needs of the entire community.
Life in Upper East Ghana is fragile so children’s rights are always at risk. Unforeseen circumstances economically, socially and environmentally can be devastating for a child and the entire family. Situations such as illness or death within a family or a flood can destroy the balance. So, AfriKids have a flexible approach to planning budgets meaning we can respond to changing needs and ensure that our support is directed to those who need it most at the time.
AfriKids’ donors receive regular and detailed feedback on how their donations are spent to demonstrate the impact it has had. We also produce a monthly newsletter detailing forthcoming activities, an annual report and welcome visits to Ghana.
Budget - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £10,000 Staffing Recruiting a qualified doctor and training and development
AfriKids work in the Upper East Region (UER) because statistically 70% of the people live in extreme poverty compared to 11% in Accra. We have committed to investing time and resources into making real fundamental change to the society and economy of one region. Whilst Ghana has shown itself to the international community as a shining light in Africa, the UER is significantly lagging behind in comparison to southern regions.
Our focus is to work with children who are extremely vulnerable and disadvantaged because of issues such as extreme poverty and harmful cultural beliefs. We work with their families and communities to ensure that the care and support we provide is long lasting.
Our work is genuine development from the grass roots up. We adopt a holistic approach in supporting each child which means we also work with their families to tackle the root causes of suffering. Most importantly we listen to the communities and empower them to deliver change; they truly understand the complex issues in their communities. In the words of Cletus Anaaya, Head of Core Projects, AfriKids Ghana-“AfriKids are the people, the people are AfriKids”.
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100% of project staff are Ghanaians; our projects are locally owned by people that live and work in their communities and know the solutions.