In Ghana most people only go to the hospital if their condition is past critical. This has many reasons, most of which are due to insufficient financial means. As Ghana is a developing country, conditions like undiagnosed high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity pose a significant threat to the long-term health and welfare of a significant proportion of Ghana's population. In most cases, there is no General Practitioner that could be regularly visited to detect these diseases in their early stages. This, in combination with the fact that those diseases are known to be silent killers, leads to a high number of undiagnosed and/or complicated cases.
We are a group of health care professionals from Ghana and Germany who have funded and run several outreaches in Accra´s districts. The Outreaches consisted of:
- screening for diabetes, hypertension, obesity and malnutrition
- clinical check-up- dispensing of medication to those who had already received a diagnosis, but lacked funds to pay for their medication
- counselling on healthy lifestyle, disease complications and information about when to seek urgent medical attention- advertising the health insurance scheme NHIS of Ghana
To follow up on our last Outreach several weeks ago, and to evaluate the efficiency of our project, we would like to do another Outreach on the 26th of April this year. We are in search for funds to enable the doctors to take time off work (as they work seven days a week), buy appropriate medications, replenish our essential medical equipment supplies, print out counselling leaflets and educational resources on the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Any help you may be able to provide to our project will be gratefully received, and 100% of your donation will go directly towards improving the healthcare of more vulnerable populations within Accra. Many thanks in advance.