This volunteering position will take place in a small grassroots organization developing
mainly local development aid projects in rural isolated area. It is expected from the
volunteer to be autonomous and able to take initiatives to support the hosting organization and local community in the development of their projects and activities.
Kongo Community Development Association (KoCDA) is a community based organization in West Africa, Ghana, precisely in Kongo of the Upper East region.
The Organization seeks a dedicated midwife to assist at one of the local clinics, Ayamfooya Memorial Clinic, in Kongo village, northern Ghana, as well as in other clinics (Nangodi clinic).
It is a rural setting with a very hot and dry climate. Ayamfooya has been serving the community for 28 years and is one of 5 clinics serving Nabdam district catering to the district’s population of approx. 60 000, also offering pro-bono services to the most vulnerable groups of the population. The majority of the population does not have the means to pay for health insurance or minor medical services. Basic ailments reported include malaria, typhoid, skin infections and respiratory tract infections. HIV prevalence is high.
The clinic facilities are very basic with a first surgery room being constructed at the end of 2018. There is no adequate advanced medical technological equipment available. The clinic has 3 consultation rooms, one laboratory with malaria, typhoid and other disease testing possibilities, one maternity ward, a dispensary and an ambulance. The entire district has no medical doctor. The clinic is staffed by 2 physician assistants 4 permanent and 3 temporary senior nurses, and 2 midwives, but is in need of long-term medical staff. In Nabdam district, Ayamfooya gets at least 50% of patient attendance. That makes it a preferred destination for many patients. There is an average of 2500 monthly OPD attendance.
The clinic are seeking a committed individual to consult patients where needed and provide trainings for staff members. This is a highly demanding position for a motivated individual with leadership ability, preferably with previous experience working in rural settings, who is able to independently find the needs of the clinic and set a work plan to achieve the goals.
This position provides a fulfilling opportunity for a mission-driven person who would like to save lives and make an invaluable contribution to a rural community in West Africa, who is not afraid of challenges and very basic living and working conditions.
- Provide primary healthcare to the local community particularly women
reproductive/ maternal health issues
- To increase the quality of reproductive/maternal health services in Kongo village so
as to reduce the mortality of children under 5 years Operational details & security context
Kongo community is located in the Upper East region of Ghana, close to the border of
Burkina Faso. The region is hilly and rural, majority of the population are subsistence
farmers living in traditional mud-clay households. Kongo community has around 7000
inhabitants on quite a large area with a more densely populated market center.
Kongo lies in tropical savanna climate of rainy season from May to October and dry season from November to April when temperatures can reach up to 43C. Malaria risk is high, especially during rainy season.
Volunteers will find the majority of people in the community practising the Catholic faith, but the community is very open to people of different faiths. Ghana as a country is a secular. Three main religions are practiced: African Traditional Religion (5.2%),
Christianity (71.2%), and Islam (17.6%). There is good inter-ethnic/racial relationship.
Community members are very open to visitors and Kongo village has a good reputation of hosting Europeans in the last two decades without any single incident of security threat.
There are local police officers volunteers can reach out to should they be in an insecure situation. There are a number of local health facilities that can handle well minor health issues and common illnesses. In 30-45 min drive there is a regional referral hospital in Bolgatanga, reasonably resourced with well trained medical staff and equipment. If needed, there is an opportunity to be evacuated within 3 to 4 hours to the National Capital, Accra for serious health or any other related matter of emergency. There is a national ambulance system that works up to rural areas.
The hosting organisation has developed security management plan, health and safety policy and a security briefing that are updated regularly. These documents and briefing will be shared with the EU Aid Volunteer at the beginning of the project.