How a health centre transformed a community
Thousands of people who never had easy access to medical care are finding hope in Kasuliyili, Ghana
By Anton Ajon, digital and social media lead
Residents of the remote Kasuliyili community in Northern Ghana travel nearly 40 km to access the primary hospital in Tamale, but now there’s a new hope thanks to Francesca Young, a Canadian donor who supported the construction of a health centre in the area.
The idea for the clinic came after Young’s sponsored child died from a snake bite in the town, which originally had little access to medical supplies. “Out of tragedy has grown a miracle. It has been a great blessing in my life to be this bridge for a better life for so many,” says the sponsor.
Today, the Clinic of Hope is giving children, infants, men and women access to medical care in their community. “Before this clinic was built, many women died during labour,” explains Maria Niendow, a new mother, who visited the health centre.
Evans Sinkari, CCFC program manager in Ghana, adds: “This clinic, and the services it provides, has brought hope to the people here who now know the chance of losing a mother and child has been reduced to almost zero.”
The clinic is also a place where children get inoculated for diphtheria, malaria, measles, tetanus, polio and whooping cough and teens are provided with nutritional supplements. In fact, health workers are on call 24 hours to provide care as needed.
To date, the Clinic of Hope has benefited more than 1,500 people but has the potential to serve close to 9,000 beneficiaries in Kasuliyili and five surrounding communities. And, thanks to the National Health Insurance Scheme in Ghana, people are treated for free as long as they’re registered with the program.
Watch this video to see how the Clinic of Hope transformed Kasuliyili.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.