Project #8470

Provide health in an impoverished Ghanaian slum

by REACH Ghana

Screenathon 2011 Report




Over 50 volunteers, consisting of REACH members based in the USA, students and recent graduates of the University of Ghana Medical and Dental Schools, and friends of REACH.


Date:   December 29, 2011


Services Provided:   

  • Blood glucose testing
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Body Mass Index Assessment
  • Education on Pre-Natal Care/ Distribution of Pre-Natal Supplements
  • Family planning counseling
  • Mosquito Net distribution (over 200 nets given free of charge)
  • Dental screening
  • Education on National Health Insurance Scheme and Registration
  • Health Consultations and Treatment
  • Drug Dispensary


Coverage:      Approximately 500 adults and children


Financial Report:    

(amounts converted from Ghanaian cedis) 


Drugs                                                      $249.95 

(Additional drugs estimated at $1000 donated by Cocoa Clinic, Accra.)

Nets                                                       $1132.26

Blood glucose testing supplies                    $374.20

NHIS Registration                                        $64.52

Photographer                                               $83.87



 Meals, Refreshments, Promotional Materials      $393.55



 Transportation           $366.66

Communications           $80.00

Screening site               $30.00

Stationery                     $12.67

Bank fees                     $30.00

Tips/Miscellaneous       $113.33


Total                          $2931.01


A small study was done to assess usage of nets distributed by REACH Ghana in Glefe, the beneficiary slum community of our Screenathon project.

Results: There was higher percentage usage of nets when it was distributed by REACH as compared to nets obtained from other means. The incidence of malaria was generally reduced in households and individuals who used the nets, but due to a small sample size and lack of specific questions, no firm conclusions could be drawn. Willingness to pay for a net varied among different groups, with most individuals willing to pay between 1-3 cedis for a net.

Future directions: Further efforts should be aimed towards identifying the potential barriers to the use of nets, especially among the targeted population of children below the age of 5 and women of childbearing age.



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Organization Information


Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Maame Sampah
Washington, DC United States

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