RUDC is currently devoting all of its energy to the completion of the Ghana Clinic Project (GCP). Started in July 2011, the GCP seeks to fulfill the need of a working, staffed, and sustainable health center in Wli Todzi, Ghana. Due to its remote location and infrastructural isolation, Wli Todzi residents do not have access to modern health facilities. This need is especially evident during emergency situations, when pregnant women, injured children, and incapacitated villagers must be carried on stretchers down a steep, unpaved hill path to seek medical attention at the nearest city located ~ 30 miles away. By establishing a fully equipped health clinic within city limits, RUDC hopes to minimize the number of deaths due to preventable causes and promote healthier lives within Wli Todzi.
As of October 2015, we have completed the Wli Todzi clinic building, and we are working on the next step, equipping the clinic and ensuring continuous staffing to the village residents.
This is no easy task, and is a much more complicated undertaking than the completion of the clinic building. For staffing, we are working with the District Health Directorate, the chief of the village and the council of elders to envision what continuous care will look like. As a preliminary step, we have funded two girls from the village to go to midwifery school in a nearby town, and they have agreed to work in the village for at least years after their training. We are also in active conversations with the District Health Directorate, which has agreed to contribute staffing resources to the clinic once it is equipped. Eventually, the clinic will provide care every day in the village, through a combination of governmental and non-governmental resources.
We are considering several partners for equipment donations. There are many organizations in the United States that provide free supplies and equipment donations through recycling and donations from hospitals. Examples include organizations like Direct Relief and MedShare. After reaching out to several, some have expressed an interest in partnering with us. However, despite the fact that the equipment and supplies they provide are very generous and would well satisfy our needs, there are baseline costs for shipping and transport of the equipment, totaling approximately $25-35,000. Our fundraising efforts are currently devoted toward raising these funds so that we can equip the clinic building in Wli Todzi.
If you can contribute to the staffing and equipping of the clinic, whether that is through donating money, connecting us to possible partner organizations, or providing advice on how to create a sustainable supply chain, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.