Nyinampong Clinic

Our clinic at Nyinampong, which opened 18 months ago, now has electricity, clean water in every basin, six trained nurses and a midwife.

The clinic serves 8,000 people. In its first three months it treated 530 people, some more than once. They included 88 pregnant women, 17 of whom gave birth, 179 malaria cases, 25 cases of dysentery/diarrhoea and one suspected HIV/Aids.

Well done Nyinampong. It sounds like you’re doing a great job.

Out with the Worms

A few days ago, we wrote how volunteer Ruth had raised enough money to provide worm tablets for 5,000 children in Sekyere Central District.
With the help of the District Health and Education Services, this week the tablets are being distributed, mainly to settler villages.
Thank you again, Ruth, for raising the money to fund them.

Down with Worms

All our thanks go to volunteer Ruth Simpson for raising enough money to buy 5,000 tablets of anti-worm medication.
Yesterday they were delivered to the Sekyere Central District of the Ghana Health Service, who are going to distribute them to children through their District Nurses. What a difference that will make to the children.

Small Steps To Development

Microcredit was the subject of a meeting between our Microcredit Manager, Mavis Bobie, and the women of Timber Nkwanta. With her baby on her back, Mavis went to tell them about Ashanti Development’s microcredit project and ask if they’d like to take part.
In case you haven’t come across microcredit, we start by helping each woman to produce a costed plan and then lend her money to set up a small business, normally in trading or agriculture.
The women work in groups, and each guarantees the loans of the others in her group. Each can have up to three loans, which she must repay with interest.
When all the debts are repaid, we move the project to a new village and start again. In Ashanti, the scheme is very popular and we know of a few women who it has made very rich.

For Mothers & Babies

Our wonderful sponsors, IT company Softwire, have offered to fund a Mothers and Babies Unit at Mampong Maternity Hospital in Ashanti.
The Maternity Hospital caters for 2,000 deliveries a year and is the principal point of referral for seven large clinics and many other, smaller ones. The new unit will cut out the need to transport sick mothers and babies to Kumasi Hospital, 54km away. Most of the babies die on the way.
The pictures show the bush being cleared prior to building. Meanwhile, the hospital is in a state of rejoicing.

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