Health
 Ghana
Project #10987

Save 1000 Children At Risk From Malaria in Ghana

by Hoops Care International
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Heritage High Student hanging a bed net
Heritage High Student hanging a bed net

The Project Wisdom train rolled into Ghana with Cape Coast its destination. The train stopped at the Hoops Care International Basketball Court where they were met with members and staff of the organization. A two days program dubbed Nets And Basketball with Project Wisdom was organized.

On the train was Miles Macleod, his wife and students of the Heritage High School.

The visit kicked off with donations comprising of sports equipment and disposable medical supplies. The donation was done on behalf of PW by Ian, a student of Heritage High School. Alfred, the volunteer coordinator of Hoops Care, received it on behalf of the organization and thanked them for their kind support.

HCI later took the team to the Amanful Community in Cape Coast where we run our malaria awareness program. They took a tour of the community lead by Emmanuel Kambleh, the Director of Operation here at HCI. They were told the history of the community and the impact Hoops Care is making in the community. They were also shown the breeding grounds of the mosquitoes which cause malaria. The students asked various questions pertaining to how malaria can be curb in the community. As part of its visit, a donation was made which will enable ten young mothers to receive bed nets in the coming days. 

During the tour, three young mothers benefited by having insecticide treated nets hung for they and their babies. It was an eye opener for the young students who realized firsthand the problem the community faces in the fight against malaria.

The next day, March 21, a mini basketball camp was organized by Ian. Students athletes associated with HCI were taken through some basketball basics in the areas of ball handling, balance, shooting, etc. At the end of the camp, there was a scrimmage. The campers were divided into two teams, mainly Team Ian vs. Team Miles.

It was fun as both sides had a great time going at each other.

Project Wisdom also shot some videos interview which will be shown back home in order to share light on our works here at Hoops Care.

We are grateful for the visit and looking forward to welcoming the team once again in the near future.

Beneficiary and her week old baby
Beneficiary and her week old baby
A student places nail to hang bed net
A student places nail to hang bed net
Students been tour around Amanful Community
Students been tour around Amanful Community
Basketball clinic with HCI student athletes
Basketball clinic with HCI student athletes
Regina 15 years old and 8 months pregnant.
Regina 15 years old and 8 months pregnant.

We conducted a successful health week within Amanful Community here in Cape Coast and some selected schools in the Cape Coast Metropolis with the help of volunteers from Operation Groundswell

The health week lasted from Monday to Friday with each day targeting specific health issues such as healthy eating, malaria awareness, female hygiene, blood pressure test etc.

We also took advantage of the health week to check on the prevailing malaria problem with the community.  From the statistics it is important that we not only distribute more nets but also raise funds to register the new born babies over the last three months under the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Wednesday was used to take statistics in the community regarding the malaria pandemic and Thursday some selected young mothers and pregnant teens had bed nets installed for them.

From our statistic taken during the health week on Thursday, One Hundred and Forty-Two (142) were screened:
Adults (104, female 86: male 18), Children (38, female 17: male 21)

Number of individuals with health insurance: 46
(Adult 37, female 31: male 6)
(children 9, female 3: male 6)

Number of individuals without health insurance: 96
(Adults 67, female 55: male 12)
(Children 29, female 14: male 15)

Number of house hold with bed nets: 12
Number of household without bed nets: 53

 

 

Taking stats for compilation
Taking stats for compilation
Installing bed net for a young mother
Installing bed net for a young mother
Explaining to a mother how to use the net
Explaining to a mother how to use the net
A young single mom net been hanged by volunteers
A young single mom net been hanged by volunteers
Making Donation During Their Last Visit
Making Donation During Their Last Visit

Yesterday our CEO, in a Skype Video call with Miles Macleod , English Teacher of Heritage High School,
and Project Wisdom Adviser got the confirmation of the continue partnership between both entities.

Project Wisdom is a student-run organization that combines global learning with community service. Their mission is to improve the living standards for people in global community by improving the educational opportunities for students in their local community. This mission empowers young people to use their knowledge, experiences, resources, talents, and passions to become difference makers in today’s world.

The students, who helped raised over 1,800 GHS (One Thousand Eight Hundred Ghana Cedis) for the Hoops Care malaria project, were fed more information regarding how the funds will be use, the beneficiaries and the communities which will benefit. They also got to learn more about our programs and mission.

The PW team visited us at Cape Coast last year and made donation of sports equipment. We are excited of the renewing of this partnership and looking forward to receiving them early next year.

We want to say a big thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Macleod and the whole student and staff body of Heritage High School in Wake Forest, NC.

Margaret and child. Note the open drainage behind
Margaret and child. Note the open drainage behind

 

We are glad to inform you that we are embarking on a bold step in our malaria prevention campaign. After popular request by many of the mothers, we have plan to not only provide each recipient with bed net but to also screen in identifying mother who she and her child is not currently register under the National Health Insurance Scheme.

We would like to welcome you to the Operation Ten-A-Month! This is a latest part of our campaign wherein we are targeting at least ten mothers a month who we will issue life saving insecticide treated bed net and also include registering mother and child under the NHIS.

Kindly note that as a donor you have been very instrumental in saving lives of many children in Cape Coast, Ghana. We would like you to continue your support in extending this to the mothers as well.

This is important because a healthy child needs a healthy mother. The health insurance will cover the mother and child for a period of five years, renewable annually.

Currently we have selected the initial ten mothers for this exercise who has already received the bed nets and will on the tenth of March get register for their health insurance.

Margaret, a 17yr old mother of Frederick, who is eleven months old, could not hide her joy. She expressed her gratitude for us coming to their assistance. Being unemployed, and a school dropout, she has no means of raising funds to buy a treated bed net nonetheless register both of them under the health insurance scheme.

Veronica, who has a two year old daughter, is a widow who has been put out of where she lives and is currently sleeping in an old kiosk close to a gutter which is a breeding ground for mosquito. She lamented on how almost every month she has to treat she or her daughter for malaria. Sometimes, both of them. Her work, as a dish washer, is only enough to keep food on the table for she and her little one.

Dear donor, each of these women has a story of their own on why they are unable to get a bed net or get register. With your help we can bring more smiles on the faces of these single mothers.

Donate today or share their story to someone to help in this process. You can decide to sponsor a mother a child each month. It will cost $30.00 to get a bed net and register both mother and child.

Thanks for your donation.

Veronica and child. Note the open drainage behind
Veronica and child. Note the open drainage behind

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Malaria team member haning bed net in Cape Coast
Malaria team member haning bed net in Cape Coast

We are glad that we are still striving to save children from malaria in Ghana. This is not an easy issue for us as it now stands. We are short of funding to get the nets in whole sale and is currently relying on retail prices which is not economical due to the low budget we have.

A net is now costing a little over $10 over the counter.

Another issue which has been brought to our attention is that the health insurance cards which we did for over 200 children need renewal. Most of the mothers has approached us asking if we are doing renewal process. The card which is valid for five years is renewable yearly. As a result some of the mother with expired cards ar now turning to traditional remedy, which is not advisable in all cases.

Nonetheless, last month. Eight mothers in Cape Coast were issued insecticide treated nets in the Bakanoo community. Mercy, a mother of two, express her excitement that she had been praying for enough money to get a bed net. She stays close to the Fosu Lagoon, a huge breeding ground for mosquito. She went on, in the night, there is no way one can even sit outdoors for cool breeze when it is hot inside and the burning of mosquito insecticide coils at night when sleeping is giving the children and I block nose and some mornings, headache.

We are still appealing for your continuous support in reducing malaria not only in Ghana but Africa.

A benificiary sleeping with her baby
A benificiary sleeping with her baby
One of the nets installed
One of the nets installed
 

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Hoops Care International

Location: Cape Coast - Ghana
Website: http:/​/​www.hoopscare.org
Project Leader:
Claudius Thompson
Cape Coast, Central Ghana

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