Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital:
Established in 1965 with space for up to 500 patients, this is Ghana’s leading mental health facility. It is one of only three psychiatric hospitals in all of Ghana. Although its resources are limited, it applies new insights in psychiatric health treatments into its philosophy. Two Psychiatrists, a psychologist, five medical assistants and around 70 nurses and 20 auxiliary nurses take care of the patients. In addition to their medical responsibilities, Ankaful conducts community outreach programmes to educate the population about mental health disorders, which often lead to stigmatisation and social exclusion in Ghana. A local Ghanaian TV channel did a short report on this situation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhdYQsQaFrA
AwaaWaa2 is a registered charity set up to provide specialist services to children and young people with communication disabilities and their families. AwaaWaa2 believes in early intervention and supports the view that “for many children with disabilities the early years are critically important to their future growth and development, and support and stimulation are essential for learning motor, emotional and social skills. The cost of reversing the effects of a poor start to life increase as the child’s older, and the chances of success diminish.”
The service started shortly after 2005 when a six month study into the provision of speech and language therapy services in Ghana outlined a severe lack of services for children with communication disabilities and the frustrations of parents and practitioners on where to refer children for appropriate intervention.
Central Regional Hospital and Elmina Urban Health Centre:
One of Ghana’s most modern hospitals and the biggest hospital in the region, the Central Regional Hospital moved to its current location in 2000. Both hospitals have several wards, including general medicine, obstetrics, gynecology and maternity, pediatrics, surgery, dentistry and laboratories. They also conduct outreach programmes.
Central Folkloric Theatre Company (Centre for National Culture):
The Central Folkloric Theatre Company began in 1995, and now boasts 18 members, male and female, who are skilled in all aspects of their performances. The group was awarded first place in the of Best HiLife and Traditional Pageant Competition at the National Festival of Art and Culture Celebration in Tamale in 2010, and they perform throughout the Ashanti, Central, Eastern, and Greater Accra regions. Performances consist of both theatrical and dance-based numbers, and include a wide variety of traditional and modern dances and instruments, including the Kigi, Kaga, and Atumpan drums, and Boboobo, Ormpe, and Kpalongo dances.
Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice:
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) is an independent organisation for the safeguarding of human rights in Ghana. It was established in 1993 by the Ghanaian Parliament. CHRAJ serves as an ombudsman receiving and dealing with complaints about the proper functioning of public institutions and to provide redress. Its mission is to enhance the scale of good governance, democracy, integrity, peace and social development by promoting, protecting and enforcing fundamental human rights and freedoms and administrative justice for all persons in Ghana.
“As an Administrative Justice Commission, CHRAJ:
- Investigates complaints of maladministration, abuse of power, and unfair treatment by public officials
- Investigates complaints about discrimination, delays, omissions or failures by public institutions or officials.
- Investigates complaints about actions of public institutions, including Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), where such actions and decisions occasion injustice, unfairness, or hardship
- Investigates complaints of unequal access to recruitment into the public services (MDAs, Police Services, Prisons Service, Armed Forces, etc)
- Takes appropriate action to remedy, correct, or reverse any action or decision that can be described as maladministration, abuse of office, or unfair treatment, or which undermines sound public administration.
- Educates the public to demand and hold public officials accountable in public administration”
More information on: http://www.chrajghana.com/
Coastal Television is the first community television station in Ghana. It is “free to air” and easily accessible to communities in Cape Coast as well as communities within the 20 kms radius of Cape Coast. “Through the use of music, docu-dramas, folklore, and a host of interactive programmes, Coastal Television serves as an important social mirror and bridge in moving the Central Region from despair to hope.” (Coastal TV website) Find more information here: http://coastaltv.wordpress.com/
The Health Protection and Environmental Sanitation project, H.E.P.E.N.S., was established in 2008 by Nicholas W.K. Baidoo in an effort to improve the health of Ghanaians. Nicholas and his organisation work with local schools and volunteers to educate students about health issues, such as pandemic flu, HIV/AIDS, environmental hygiene, and a plethora of other pertinent health issues. In addition, the organisation regularly conducts community health outreach seminars that cover topics such as diabetes, hypertension prevention, sexual health, and nutrition. Wellness screenings for weight and blood pressure accompany these seminars, and are also performed every Sunday at the director’s church.
Because H.E.P.E.N.S. believes that a clean environment is crucial to maintaining good health, they work with local environmental groups to improve sanitation practices. This involves beach cleanup, educating children on the importance of proper trash disposal, placing waste bins in common areas of the community, and improving human waste disposal. More information: http://www.hepens.org/HEPENS/Homepage.html
Kwaprow After School Programme:
This is an after school-school. The school is in a small newly-built two story apartment complex, and occupies three rooms on the second floor; one of the rooms also serves as a library, with a book case full of children’s textbooks. Kojo, with the help of an American and Bermudan, created this school to supplement their instruction from school, and he hopes to someday convert it to an accredited private school. ACIPP Ghana offers its Volunteers the possibility to teach in this school one or more afternoons a week after their regular internship duties.
Teslaw School Complex is a small school in a town outside Elmina dedicated to providing a quality education to children despite their distance from many necessary resources. The Complex itself has only four small rooms, with limited technology and funding. However, even given these constraints, the school has currently enrolled 65 students and provides lunch to each of these students daily. Teslaw is a combination school of crèche, primary, and junior high school classes.
Planned Parenthood Association Ghana (PPAG):
PPAG was established in 1967 as a Non – Governmental Organisation (NGO) affiliated to the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). It is currently the leading NGO providing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in Ghana. The Association works to complement the efforts of government in providing healthcare and development for the nation. Their mission is that the Association shall provide the youth with the knowledge and means of exercising their basic rights to decide freely and responsibly on their sexual and reproductive health as a means of improving the quality of life of Ghanaians. More information:http://www.ppag-gh.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=1