Sixty youth from Ghana's Awutu Senya Municipal will receive the opportunity to participate in a summer youth fellowship program. The fellowship program will create a platform for youth to gain experience in public health education, and reduce transmission of TB through community based health education. Youth will also act as bridges to care, referring individuals with symptoms of the disease for diagnostic testing at a local clinic's disease control unit.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Statistics from WHO indicated in 2007 that 74 percent of all TB cases in Ghana were not detected and therefore not treated. Globally as many as 1.8 million TB deaths have been recorded. Issues of health financing, staffing, transportation, creates a challenging environment to Stop TB. With youth as the vehicle of a TB reduction effort, they will have the opportunity to explore career opportunities, receive a summer work opportunity and create a meaningful impact in their community.
How will this project solve this problem?
Since this fellowship will be led by both the Cheerful Hearts Foundation and the Ghana Health Service, the program will intensify the TB public health education efforts of the Ghana Health Service in Awutu Senya Municipal. These efforts will reduce the rate of TB transmission, and help get infected individuals into care, allowing these individuals to receive needed treatment, helping to stop the further spread of the disease. Further the program will contribute to youth development.
Potential Long Term Impact
The fellowship program will allow youth to experience the field of public health which will contribute to them making more informed decisions about their future career paths. Additionally, the fellows will provide vital education about TB to their communities. This will help individuals identify symptoms of the disease and make them aware of community resources for treatment. All this will in the long run will help reduce the incidence and prevalence of TB.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.