The Health Challenge

Meet Alia

Aliah is nearing the end of her pregnancy, and is excited at the prospect of becoming a new mum… everything is ready, and only time is stopping her realising her dreams…

What Other problems are there?

Other illnesses in this region are more prevalent. They include:

Malaria- We distribute bed-nets to prevent further malaria, and increase the availability of mosquito repellant

Diarrhoea- This simple, yet potentially fatal problem is due to the lack of access to safe drinking water. By installing a water pump, we can greatly reduce this burden, and save lives.

Typhoid-this disease can be prevented with vaccination

Intestinal worms- this results from drinking dirty water. Successful de-worming will give children a chance to thrive and excel in their future lives, and attend school without the worry of illness.

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But things don’t go to plan, and Aliah needs medical attention. But the nearest maternal health facility is several kilometres away, and there’s no means of transport to get her there in time.

Unfortunately, women like Aliah suffer miscarriages or even lose their own lives due to complications at childbirth. Many of those that are fortunate enough to deliver healthy children, need post-natal healthcare. But this is not easily accessible.

Health is something we take for granted, and when our health is at risk, many of us in the world are fortunate to have easy access to professional healthcare. But such facilities don’t exist in rural areas, such as Kpilo in North Ghana. The nearest major hospital is twenty kilometres away in Tamale. Many have no choice but to make this arduous journey by foot, despite their illness.

On average, there is 1 doctor per 10,000 people in Ghana

14% of children under 5 years of age are underweight

Maternal mortality rates have been dropping, but persists to be high in rural areas

Only 13% of the population have access to good sanitation facilities

The nearest hospital to Kpilo is twenty kilometres away

African Health Observatory, World Health Organisation: 2010 health profile