Recap of Projects in 2015
UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2015
MEDICAL OUTREACH AT NYINASIN AND ELMINA IN THE CENTRAL REGION OF GHANA
THEME: 'YOUTH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT'
International Youth Day is marked on 12 August each year to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and to celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. Since 1999 the UN General Assembly first designated August 12 as IYD, the world has observed the Day to celebrate the role of young women and men as essential partners in change among others.
As part of celebrations this year FEB Foundation partnered with some UN agencies to celebrate the day with a heath outreach held on the 11th of August 2015 at Nyinasin and Elmina all in the Central Region of Ghana.
The outreach provided free healthcare for over 3000 people in both communities.
Cholera Prevention and Screening
Cholera remains a significant threat to populations in developing countries worldwide. The Organization therefore visualized this project to increase awareness of Cholera to achieve maximum coverage amongst children, youth, and the old in the Cape Coast Metropolis to accelerate its control and prevention in schools, communities and Ghana as a whole. The Organization however in its course to educate youth on Cholera Prevention and Control visited some selected Junior and Senior High Schools in the Cape Coast Metropolis.
Extensive presentations were made to discuss the causes, transmission, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of Cholera. Ten (10) schools, namely, St. Lawrence Basic, Jacob Wilson-Sey, Abura Ahmadiyya Basic, George Ekem Ferguson, Golden Treasures, Esuekyir M/A Basic, Cherubim and Seraphim Basic, Mfantsipim School, Oguaa Sec. Tec and Academy of Christ the King were selected for the project from 1st to 29th October, 2014. Students, teachers, food vendors were educated comprehensively on the causes, treatment and prevention of Cholera. Statistics from the schools indicates that, 5, 350 students/pupils between the ages of 2 – 20 years, 143 teachers and 11 cooks/food vendors were educated on the course. Basic hand washing procedures/techniques were demonstrated to participants in their respective schools. Soaps and educative flyers from sponsors were also donated to the various schools to reduce the effects of Cholera. On the contrary, the main challenge that was encountered during the project was lack of veronica buckets for some schools making hand washing difficult.
To overcome the challenges encountered during the project, the Organization was able to purchase 15(80L) Veronica buckets for the schools (St. Lawrence A&B basic, Jacob Wilson-Sey basic, Esuekyir M/A basic school) to increase proper hand washing and prevent Cholera in schools in the Cape Coast Metropolis.
Health Screening in Moree
To develop a program for community members that will support their activities to live a healthier lifestyle, FEB Foundation and Living Hope International Ministries visited Moree, a suburb of Cape Coast in the Abura Asebu Kwamankese District in the Central Region of Ghana on 5th November 2014 to provide free health access and care to members of the community. The vision of the project was to promote healthy lifestyle options through education, system reform and good health policy and practices, and provide tools to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Religious persons from Living Hope International Ministries gave an extensive presentation on the word of God and its application to the daily lives of individuals living in the community with issues relating to health. Health Personnel (Doctors and Nurses) from FEB foundation provided free medical care including free medications and referrals. On the whole majority of the participants were females, which represents 274(63%) out of the total population screened. Males occupy the minority with 161(37%). Health professionals also found out that 210 (48.3%) people had multiple health issues that was addressed at the community level.
Musculoskeletal system problems predominantly from hard work as a result of fishing and farming accounted for the second highest cases103(23.7%) recorded. Diseases relating to Nervous system had 28(6.4%) . Cardiovascular and Gastrointestinal system accounted for 21(4.8%) each. 17(3.9%) participants were diagnosed with respiratory problems. Genitourinary and Integumentary systems had 7(1.6%) and 3(0.7%). Patients who were screened during the project were given free medications and first aid at the community level. All cases which could not be adequately treated were referred to the local hospitals.
FEB Foundation and Living Hope International Ministries provided public health education on varied topics during the project.
Educational Health Talk about Personal Hygiene and Reproductive Health in Residential Homes
In the course of providing sustainable healthcare interventions as the integral vision for the Organization, the Organization visited New Life International and Newness Preparatory School, a residential home and school respectively located at Asapetu, near Efutu in the Cape Coast Metropolis to have a health talk with children on basic health issues. A team of health professionals (doctor and nurses) presented on health issues related to children and adolescents. Children in the facilities were educated on personal hygiene whereas adolescents were well informed on reproductive health with reference to teenage pregnancy. Children were also taught proper hand washing procedures and good environmental sanitation. The team also presented the management of the facilities with educative posters on Cholera and Personal Hygiene.
Malnutrition prevention for children under 5 years in communities
171 children under 5 years old were screened as part of Malnutrition Awareness Programme in Ekon village, Cape Coast, Ghana.
The Health outreach was a day exercise for residents (predominantly women and children) living in Ekon. Medical professionals and volunteers screened children less than five (5) years and parents were counselled on proper nutrition and food balance for children.
This was completed with several activities:
1. Children had their weight, height and Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) checked
2. Children were plotted on the appropriate centile chart and a nutritional status was assigned to each child.
3. Advice was given to parents on proper food management for their children. Further intervention was given to those children deemed malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. Interventions included specific advice and education, Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), advice from a dietician, and referral to a local medical facility.
Aims and Objectives of the project
The FEB foundation seeks to increase coverage, access and prevent malnutrition amongst children under five (5) years in Ekon. In doing this the organisation will:
1. Reduce nutritional deterioration amongst children
2. Educate and counsel community members on malnutrition
3. Advocate and increase confidence in malnourished children in the community
PAINTING OF CAPE COAST TEACHING HOSPITAL PEDIATRIC WARD
NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS DAY OUTREACH- Abura and Pedu communities
Medical outreach held in these two communities on the same day in celebration of the National Volunteers Day. We engaged the youth in volunteer activities. We were a team of young medical professionals who went to offer the above service. We screened for hypertension, diabetes and offered free education on malaria, family planning methods, and teenage pregnancy. In total we were able to attend to over 200 people in both communities. Partners for this event was Cape 360 and HELP Foundation.