Health

Kadewaso Health Clinic Completed, September, 2017

Kadewaso Health Clinic, Footings Poured, May, 2017

Construction has begun on the Kadewaso Health Clinic, funded by Medical Review Institute of America. The site is large, set on an elevated plot overlooking the main road. It will be easily accessible to local citizens.

Construction of Wekpeti Health Clinic, November, 2015

A heart-felt thank-you to our donor family, Bill and Shirley Low for the construction of a Health Clinic in the village of Wekpeti. This facility houses a solar system which runs the electricity for the refrigerated medicinal supplies, along with lighting. This is the only edifice in the village which sports electricity and is quite the anomaly for the villagers.

Construction of Abrenya Health Clinic, September, 2014

Thanks to the generosity of Medical Review Institute of America, our 'forgotten' village of Abrenya will open doors to their first Health Clinic. Up until recently the only way into the village was by foot, and to meet the challenges of medical emergencies were almost impossible. The clinic is located close to the road and not too far from the local school and will not only benefit the village of Abrenya but a near-by village, as well.

It's heart-warming to watch the local villagers, including women helping with the construction of the clinic. Once World Joy empowers our villagers to help with the construction, they take ownership and pride with the new structures.

http://youtu.be/Z3Rwix6DszE

http://youtu.be/kp5a3myRY1A

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Asamama Health Clinic Dedicated August, 2013

Thanks to the generosity of the Cummings Family the tiny village of Asamama was able to construct a beautiful health clinic which also houses a labor and delivery room. This is the third health clinic which World Joy has been able to build for our villagers in the Atiwa District of Ghana, West Africa.

Ike Ferguson, our Board Chair was in attendance at the dedication of the facility and helped with the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Jeff Smith and his family, a Project Champion with World Joy are putting the final touches on the landscaping around the clinic.

BYU Nursing Expedition - May to June, 2013

For the fourth consecutive year (since 2010, BYU Nursing Students have visited World Joy villages to serve and learn about global health needs in the developing world.

Faculty advisor, Karen de la Cruz, reports that this year the District Health Director gave approval to begin collecting data for an anemia study in the main village of Abomosu. Working at a local school, student nurses administered a “prevalence survey” which records the height, weight, and 24-hour diet history of each child to be followed up by a malaria screening in 6 months.

Related to and along with this study, students administered Vitamin A to children under the age of 18 months in four villages and also distributed 1200 oral care kits and taught hygiene and other health-related topics in four other schools.

Additionally, they were able to participate in a nation-wide polio vaccine initiative and traveled from house-to-house with local community health nurses in four villages. The effort took three days to complete in order to vaccinate all of the children within the four village area.

The BYU College of Nursing and the BYU Community at large continue to amaze us with their generosity and kindness. World Joy is honored to partner with the faculty of the BYU College of Nursing while hosting (in part) these annual expeditions.

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Hearing Expedition - May, 2013

Did you know that roughly one-fourth of the children in Ghana's deaf schools aren't really deaf? They're just hard of hearing! A simple hearing aid device could solve the problem, but when the average income is just $1 - 2 dollars a day, these devices are cost prohibitive. Not to mention that, until recently, there were only eight (8) trained audiologists (a profession that focuses on evaluation and rehabilitation of those with hearing and balance disorders) to service the Ghanaian population of 25 million!

In a pioneering effort to eventually educate and train one thousand (1000) more Ghanaian audiologists, various resources have come together in this decade-long collaboration including: Emmanuel Kitcher, MD (Ear Nose and Throat Specialist) at the KorleBu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana (West Africa) and Isaac Ferguson PhD, representative of LDS Charities and World Joy's Chairman. Working together since 2003, they have established an academic program that would prepare Ghanaians in a post-graduate degree program as audiologists.

In May (just a few weeks ago), the FIRST TEN (10) GRADUATES of the Ghanaian program teamed up with audiology graduate students and faculty from Utah State University (USU) in a 2-week humanitarian/training mission--which included the screening of about 200 in World Joy's central village of Abomosu. Villagers walked from near and far to take advantage of this service. An older gentleman who was thought to have been deaf for years said, with complete astonishment, "I can hear, I can hear!" after being fitted with a hearing device.

There will be a grand celebration in late July 2013 recognizing the efforts of all the stake holders in this venture (World Joy's Ike Ferguson will be attending) and there will be much to celebrate. As a result, says John Ribera, "Ghana is positioned to become the center of excellence in hearing evaluation and training of audiologists in all of West Africa!"

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World Joy Medical Training Expedition - November 10-21, 2012

A group of eight Utah-based volunteer medical personnel trained local health officials, midwives, and nurses in the Atiwa District of Ghana, West Africa.

The team spent three days in a formal classroom setting and three days in clinical observation to support selected District Clinics focusing on five skill sets:

(1) Manual extraction of the placenta following childbirth;
(2) Appropriate care for miscarriages;
(3) Effective episiotomoy and perineum massage;
(4) Neonatal resuscitation skill training; and
(5) Feminine hygiene information gathering.

As a result of their training efforts, the local health professionals will be able to reduce maternal and infant deaths.

World Joy would like to thank Ike Ferguson, World Joy's Chairman of the Board, who spent countless hours organizing and leading the expedition. A heart-felt thanks also goes to Dr. John Thueson, World Joy's Health Committee Chair, for organizing the Utah group of medical volunteers!

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World Joy Health Education Initiative - May 2012

Beginning in May 2012, World Joy launched the World Joy Health Education Initiative in conjunction with a comprehensive NEW Health Education Manual.

BYU Nursing faculty and students took an initial 20 copies of the manual in May to begin training health care workers and volunteers in Malaria prevention--one of many topics written in collaboration with local Atiwa District Health authorities: the Honorable Tei Djangmah (District Health Director) and Mrs. Charlotte Amponsah (District Public Health Matron).

The objective of the initiative is to provide training to public health workers and selected volunteers on such health topics as Dehydration, Diarrhea, Typhoid Fever, Malaria, Respiratory Infections, Schistosomiasis, Skin Infections, and Tuberculosis. These individuals will then lead in-home and small village-group seminars to increase understanding of preventative and basic health care practices that will ultimately lower the number of preventable illnesses and deaths.

It is expected that the training within the Abomosu sub-district will be completed in the next 12 months and that further trainings in the Kwabeng sub-district will begin in the fall of 2013. We anticipate that we will train roughly 500 health care workers with this new Health Education Initiative. Armed with crucial information and training, these workers will then begin training the estimated population of 125,000 residents of the Atiwa District.

We offer our profound gratitude to the following professionals and organizations: Ike Ferguson, World Joy Board Chair, Freedom From Hunger, Joseph Quaye, and Dr. Todd and Michelle Fife for their gracious efforts in helping to compile the volume.

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Asunafo Health Clinic - February 2012

The Asunafo Health Clinic was recently dedicated in a grand celebration with over 600 villagers in attendance! In conjunction with other sponsored projects, Viridian associates were there to cut the ribbon at the festivities on behalf of the Cache Valley community who provided the funds for construction of World Joy's newest health facility. The occasion was said to be "one of the best in World Joy history!"

As alluded to above, nearly fifty Viridian Executives and Independent Representatives recently spent time in the villages of Asunafo, Abrenya and Wekpeti. A World Joy corporate partner, they provided funding and labor for (1) the installation of solar panels to the Asuanfo Health Clinic and the brand-new Community Library, (2) two Empower Playground "whirls" in villages with no access to electricity, and (3) the renovation, shelving and set-up of the library--which included a book drive that produced over 6500 books! From February 19 - 23, these associates and executives worked side-by-side with local villagers and, together, produced a whirl-wind of activity, lasting-friendship and lives changed for good.

Please take a moment to read the poignant recollections of Cami Boeheme, Viridian Senior Vice President of Marketing & Brand Communications:

http://www.worldjoyghana.org/voices

To read more about their wildly successful book drive in partnership with The African Library Project, click here:

http://www.electricenergyonline.com/?page=show_news&id=163979

To view video vignettes about their service and impact, click here:

http://www.liveviridian.com/site/id/tripblogdetails/participant/5%20Proj...

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World Joy has now implemented Phase 1 of its Family Health Care Initiative launched in January 2010. Health services for the Abomosu subdistrict will be available for the population of 25,000 through three service outlets, (1) the Abomosu Health Centre (2) the Asunafo Health Clinic, and (3) the Akokom Health Clinic.