Public Health: Education, Empowerment, and Assessment Project.

Poor health outcomes are caused by and a cause of poverty in a vicious cycle seen in many developing countries.  Poverty causes poor health in that without proper resources, treatable diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and others contribute to disability and mortality.  Additionally, poor health further exacerbates the problems of poverty in that illnesses can prevent the sufferer from attending school or working.

The Ghana Health Service, Ghana’s governmental health agency and authority for all public health facilities, identified the main areas of health in which Ghana needs improvement.  These include rates of infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, polio, and others; non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and hypertension; and other health outcomes such as maternal and infant mortality, nutritional quality, and injury and death due to accidents.

Cheerful Hearts Foundation (CHF) has therefore placed great importance on health work in the Kasoa area.  In order to help alleviate many of these endemic health problems, CHF works closely with local administrators, community members and stake holders to improve the health of the surrounding area.  We are involved in several projects, each of which aims to provide long-lasting impacts and emphasize prevention.  These projects include education in schools, assisting at the local health clinic, and several other projects.

Each week, the public health team travels and conducts health talks to the students at district schools.  The topics of these talks include symptoms, treatment, and prevention of malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrhea and more.  CHF recognizes the power of the youth to lead change in their communities and aims to provide them with the knowledge necessary for action and empower them to work for change.  Students are encouraged to not only learn the information, but to put it into practice, as well as to share the information with their families and community members.

Additionally, we work closely with the Kasoa Health Centre which is the only government health clinic in the area with over 100,000 people in its catchment area.  Our volunteers work at the clinic, assisting in many departments from vaccinations and routine child health examinations to maternal care.

The public health team is also regularly involved in research projects.  CHF believes that in order to best serve the community, we must constantly assess the needs of the community as well as the efficacy of our efforts.  While these projects change on a regular basis, below are the research efforts currently underway:

  • A research project with the Kasoa Health Centre to identify key long-term needs of the clinic and pinpoint how CHF can most effectively aid their efforts.
  • An assessment of the efficacy of our school talks to gauge not only the information being retained by the students but also any behavioral change.

Project Updates

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HEPATITIS B SCREENING AND VACCINATION PROJECT MAY 2015 REPORT

Cheerful Hearts Foundation’s (‘CHF’) ‘Hepatitis B Screening and Vaccination Project’ (‘the project’) continues and has reached an important milestone – the completion of the full course of hepatitis B immuinisation for Primary class 4 (of 2013-2014), class 6 (of 2014-2015), and Junior High School (‘JHS’) class 1 (of 2014-2015) of Nyanyano District Assembly (‘D.A.’) Government

Young Ambassador for Cholera Awareness showed their excitement

CHOLERA PREVENTION AND AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, GOMOA NYANYANO

Every year especially during rainy season several precious lives are taken away by Cholera. According to UNICEF, more than 28,900 cholera cases were reported in Ghana in 2014 claiming 217 deaths. As a preventive measure in our operational communities, Cheerful Hearts Foundation in collaboration with the Nyanyano Health Center trained 150 students ranging from 12-16years from

JOB OPPORTUNITY (PUBLIC HEALTH COORDINATOR)

Public Health Coordinator Cheerful Hearts Foundation is looking for female candidates to apply for the position of Public Health Coordinator. Academic Qualification: Minimum of Diploma in health related courses. Work Experience: Candidates with previous experience working on health projects would have an advantage though training would be offered to selected applicant. Language: Able to speak

Questions and answers time

GHANA HEALTH SERVICE ANNUAL DISTRICT BASED PERFORMANCE REVIEW – 2014

As part of Ghana Health Services desire to improve their services to the citizens of Ghana, an annual health performance was organised in the various districts involving all major stakeholders. This ensured all stakeholders are involved in reviewing the achievements of the past year, the challenges that prevented them from achieving set targets and to

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HEPATITIS B SCREENING AND VACCINATION PROJECT INTERIM REPORT

Cheerful Hearts Foundation’s (‘CHF’) ‘Hepatitis B Screening and Vaccination Project’ was initiated by two CHF Public Health Program volunteer interns in about April 2014 (‘the project’).  The project has since been managed by several other volunteer interns and at present CHF continues to work with its contracted partner, the Alpha-Aleem Centre, to screen and vaccinate

FREE HEALTH SCREENING IN THREE SELECTED COMMUNITIES IN GHANA

Cheerful Hearts Foundation in collaboration with its partner, Anidaso Health, USA undertook a three day free health screening in three selected communities in the Awutu Senya District of Ghana namely, Gomoa Nyanyano, Senya Beraku and Akufful Krodua on the 26th 27th and 28th March respectively

DONATION OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO THE KASOA GOVERNMENT HEALTH CENTER, 2ND FEBRUARY 2012.

Cheerful Hearts Foundation through the support of their partners Anidaso Health, Chicago, USA and the Children of Abraham, Indiana, USA, made a donation of medical supplies worth $3000 dollars to the Kasoa Health Center on the 2nd of February, 2012. In October, 2010, Dr. Ted Thachenkary and Dr. Mark Kevin, the Directors of one of

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2011 WORLD AIDS DAY CELEBRATION

World AIDS Day this year is about “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS related deaths.” As part of Cheerful Hearts Foundations’ desire to fight HIV/AIDS and our commitment to the AIDS Day Celebration theme, we organized an HIV/AIDS Awareness talk at the Maranatha Preparatory School in Kasoa, Central Region of

2011 SUMMER PROJECT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, USA

During the 1st week of August 2011, Cheerful Hearts Foundation had the privilege of hosting a group of nineteen (19) students and four (4) of their faculty from the School of Social Work, University of Washington, USA. They spent over four (4) weeks in Ghana, learning the Ghanaian culture visiting many different parts of the country

DONATION OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO KASOA GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL

One of the main operational areas of Cheerful Hearts Foundation is Health. Due to our partnership with the Ministry of Health, we collaborate with local hospitals and clinics within the Awutu Senya district where we send interns and volunteers to learn and assist with health service delivery. As part of the collaboration, Cheerful Hearts Foundation