Health Trainings, Donations, & Advocacy
In order to address other health needs in our communities, GHEI health staff work with local practitioners to identify sectors where they can offer expertise, resources or support, and strive to help meet those needs.
About one in ten newborns requires help breathing at birth and in Ghana, only about 12% of deliveries are performed by a provider trained in neonatal resuscitation. Each May, volunteers from the University of California Los Angeles Pediatric Training Program come to GHEI to conduct neonatal resuscitation and appropriate referral trainings for district midwives, nurses and traditional birth attendants based on the World Health Organization’s Helping Babies Breathe curriculum.
GHEI also works with international volunteers and staff to provide training for local health staff on other various health topics and skills.
GHEI donates medical supplies and equipment to local, sub-district, and district health facilities. In 2004, GHEI donated a 20’ container full of medical supplies and equipment to the district facilities. More recently, GHEI regularly provides medical supplies and commonly used drugs to the Bibiani District Hospital and Humjibre Clinic.
While there are services designed to aid low-income populations in Ghana, they often do not reach rural communities like ours. In collaboration with a team from Boston Children’s Hospital, GHEI identifies children with congenital heart defects and facilitates referrals for eligible children to receive free corrective heart surgery at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi. To date, six children have received corrective heart surgery with the help of GHEI.
GHEI also provides referrals and advocacy in other situations requiring navigation of health systems, scheduling appointments, and financial assistance in transportation costs.