Seeing the needs in Ghana related to Rotary six areas of focus


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This presentation shows the current needs in Ghana being met by Rotary humanitarian grants in the six areas of focus. We are drilling new wells, helping schools and hospitals, eradicating Guinea worm in Ghana and South Sudan.

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  • Past-President Mike Mefford, DG Ron Mabry (D7570) and Walter Hughes went to Ghana in early November 2013 to assess the needs of the communities served by five Rotary Clubs in Ghana. The team saw wells that bordered Burkina Faso, Togo and Ivory Coast. The Rotary Clubs we visited serve from the African bush to the tropical rain forest. The needs are found in very remote communities with extreme poverty. You may not be able to go to Ghana, but you can join with the Rotarians in Ghana to make a difference.
  • Our goal was to dig one well in Ghana in 2007. Over the years, we’ve raised over $1.2 million from Rotarians in Canada, USA and Switzerland. The partnership has included over 80 Rotary Clubs to provide over 264,000 people with clean water. Over 90 new boreholes have been drilled in the last few years. We eradicated Guinea worm disease from Ghana and have reduced Guinea worm disease in South Sudan by 78% in South Sudan with new and repaired boreholes there. We are making a real difference for people suffering from a neglected tropical disease called Buruli Ulcer. We are transforming lives.
  • Team of Rotarians supporting our matching grants reaches to Switzerland, beyond sixteen states and two Canadian provinces. The Rotarians in District 7550 in West Virginia have done two district-wide “water jug” projects to fund clean water projects. Rotarians in California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Texas, New York, Tennessee, Wyoming, Florida, New Jersey, Vermont and North Carolina have contributed. Together, we’ve helped to eradicate guinea worm disease and to make a difference with Buruli Ulcer as well as giving people water to drink. Switzerland has been a long-time partner led by Rotary Cadre Kurt Bay.
  • The trip to Ghana in November 2013 had several goals. First, we wanted to see the recent work completed by global grants 25176 and 25922. Second, we wanted to learn the needs identified by the Bolgatanga Goodwill Rotary Club in the Upper East Region, the Tamale and Techiman Rotary Clubs in the Northern Region of Ghana, the Sunyani East and Sunyani Central Rotary Clubs in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. The clubs identified needs that align with the Rotary Foundation’s six areas of focus. These needs will require humanitarian grants from many Rotary Clubs to be able to achieve the goals identified in this presentation. The clubs are promoting peace by living their lives as Rotarians and implementing projects that impact the lives of sick and thirsty people regardless of their religious background. The work is so vast that additional Rotary Clubs are needed in Ghana to be able to implement all of these projects. Third, our trip was to plan for the large group going to Ghana in February 2014.
  • The clean water projects will include drilling new boreholes, digging hand dug wells, and repairing existing wells. The Bolgatanga Goodwill and Techiman Rotary Club wants to prioritize locating new boreholes near schools in their area. We want to do more work that will increase sustainability by training communities how to maintain their wells and boreholes. Rotarians will target communities with real water shortages and high levels of disease. The Tamale RC and the Techiman RC have identified several small town mechanized systems that need to be upgraded and repaired.
  • We identified a need for at least twenty new boreholes and hand dug wells. The Bolgatanga Goodwill Rotary Club wants to place boreholes and hand dug wells near schools and close to their hometown to raise awareness for their new Rotary Club. We still need new boreholes around Tamale and Sunyani as well. The Techiman RC wants to provide public bathrooms for patients at the local hospital. The Bolgatanga Goodwill RC wants to have latrines at as many local schools as possible.
  • The Tamale Rotary Club has three small town mechanized water systems that need to be fixed. The city of Singa is very remote with a couple of damaged solar cells that need to be replaced. Wuntugu needs to replace an electrical transformer. Kpalbe needs to be converted to electrical from an old generator. Techiman has two small towns just outside of town that need to convert to electricity from first generation solar technology. The cities need a business such as a cell phone charging station powered by solar cells to generate money to maintain these complex water systems.
  • Rotary is setting the example to promote peace. At least three of our Rotary Clubs in Ghana have Muslim and Christian members. They also are represented by different tribes which may not always peacefully coexist. President-Elect of the Bolgatanga Goodwill Rotary Club is the principal of a local elementary school that needs a well. Chartering president Emmanuel Atia is an Assemblies of God pastor. We just finished thirteen hand dug wells in the Bawku area that has experienced civil unrest over the last three years. Muslims and Christians worked together to dig those wells. Clean water projects are promoting peace in the area by having people work together.
  • Rotary grants transformed the Tamale Teaching Hospital with two containers of medical equipment and supplies. Now, the Techiman (Tacheemahn) Hospital needs new hospital beds for mothers delivering babies. The hospital needs medical equipment in the emergency room, laboratory, surgical suite and other departments. Also, local clinics that are the first line of care need basic equipment to reduce overcrowding in the larger hospital. The Tamale Teaching Hospital needs a dialysis machine. The cost to send medical equipment to two different hospitals would be a $40,000 - $50,000 effort. A local hospital in Bawku is almost complete which serves an area with civil unrest.
  • It is unanimous that all of the Rotarians want to grow their local economies to create jobs, skills and businesses. They have an interest in training women to make baskets, soap and shea butter. They also want to provide vocational training so that men can be certified as masons, carpenters and construction supervisors. We are also training doctors, nurses and community health care worker volunteers how to care for Buruli Ulcer patients.
  • The Ghanaian Rotarians want to focus education and literacy. The children are the future of Ghana and West Africa. We want to give the children water to drink, latrines and bathrooms, books for their library, desks for their classrooms. The president-elect of the Bolgatanga Goodwill Rotary Club is a passionate principal who gives her life to educate “her kids.”
  • Rotary has been recognized for our work to eradicate polio from Ghana. In turn, the leaders of Ghana believed that Rotarians keep our word when we make a promise. We made a promise to eradicate Guinea worm disease from Ghana. The last case of Guinea worm disease was found in Ghana in May 2010. Next year, the World Health Organization (WHO) will certify Ghana as being free of the disease. Our team of Rotarians from around the world raised $302,000 for boreholes and repaired boreholes in South Sudan. Now, Guinea worm disease has been reduced by 78% in South Sudan so far this year (through October 2013). We’ve made great strides to prototype care for Buruli Ulcer disease. Buruli Ulcer is in the same family as leprosy and tuberculosis. It is a flesh eating disease that the conventional wisdom that the people had no hope because the mode of transmission is unknown. Instead, Rotary worked with American Leprosy Missions, Ghana Health Services and Map International to find and treat the disease early before the ulcer develops. We’ve also taught community health worker volunteers, nurses and doctors in two districts of Ghana to identify and treat the disease and to prevent disability. We are also leading the effort to locate wells and boreholes in Nigeria where children are at risk to develop polio in the highest risk communities of northern Nigeria.
  • The last case of Guinea worm disease was found in May 2010. The three-year certification process by the WorldHealth Organization will end in 2014. Rotary celebrated our role in Ghana to help to eradicate Guinea worm disease by locating new and repaired boreholes in the villages where the most people had disease. Now, South Sudan is the worst place in the world for this disease and Rotary is involved! We are experiencing a 78% reduction in Guinea worm disease in South Sudan in 203 due in part to matching grants 78142 and 78241 to drill new boreholes in the worst places in South Sudan with Guinea worm disease. We also repaired as many wells as possible with those funds. We’ve been able to continue the work in 2014 in spite of civil war in South Sudan.
  • Children in Ghana are growing up without the threat of Guinea worm disease. It is our hope that the world will not know this disease. President Jimmy Carter started the effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease in 1988. Rotary got involved around 2007 with clean water grants for northern Ghana.
  • The remaining countries with Guinea worm disease at the end of 2013 are South Sudan, Chad, Mali, Ethiopia and Sudan. South Sudan had four consecutive months without any cases from November 2013 to February 2014. There are only three cases in South Sudan and Chad so far through March 2014. Rotary has been able to drill new boreholes and repair broken boreholes in 2013 and 2014 funded by two Rotary grants worth $302,000. It is our hope that we will celebrate the end of Guinea worm disease in South Sudan as well which will mean that we will have eradicated it from the world. We’ve focused on the worst places in the world for Guinea worm disease in Ghana and now in South Sudan. There were a total of 148 cases of Guinea worm disease in 2013 and six cases in 2014 through March 2014.
  • Buruli Ulcer is a very neglected tropical disease that impacts the poor in very remote communities in Ghana and West Africa. It eats your flesh. We’ve learned that we can make a difference by finding people that are sick and getting them care before the ulcer becomes really serious. We are using training materials developed by American Leprosy Missions. We trained the trainers led by Map International. We trained doctors and nurses how to care for people with Buruli Ulcer disease. We also identified and trained community health care worker volunteers to know how to identify the disease.
  • We just completed two global grants in Ghana in 2013. The grants of 25922 and 25176 had a combined budget of $341,824 ($150,162 + $191,662). The two grants drilled thirty-three (33) boreholes and fourteen (14) hand dug wells in the Brong Ahafo (ahhfo) and Upper East Regions of Ghana. 64,703 people were given clean water through our new and repaired boreholes and wells. We impacted a total of 93,781 people. We were able to conduct surveillance in two districts of Ghana to find and care for people suffering from Buruli Ulcer. We trained fifty-six communities about neglected tropical diseases and what to do if they suspect a case. They also learned that the disease is not passed from one person to the next. We obtained two volunteers per community at risk for Buruli Ulcer. A total of 484 community health worker volunteers were trained how to identify Buruli Ulcer disease early and how to get help for people in their community. We trained 176 doctors and nurses how to care for Buruli Ulcer wounds and how to prevent disability from the disease. We empowered volunteers and professionals how to reduce Buruli Ulcer and other neglected tropical diseases in two districts of Ghana.Rotary
  • We have a two pronged approach to impact disease in the Asunafo (ah sue nah foo) andDorma Districts. We worked closely with the district water and sanitation departments to identify communities that needed new boreholes or wells and communities where the pump needed repairs. We gave the district water team the training how to make the more difficult repairs to a broken hand pump. We prototyped care for a very neglected tropical disease called Buruli Ulcer. We tried to do surveillance in both districts to create a census of people who are sick from the disease. It was our goal to find and treat people who were sick before the ulcer became very large. The disease is easier and cheaper to treat in the early stages where it is just a nodule or bump on the skin. We trained community health worker volunteers in each community how to spot the skin disease early. The doctors and nurses were trained how to treat the disease with two kinds of antibiotics and wound care. They were also trained on physical therapy that would prevent disability from the wound from the ulcer. The number of cases in the Asunafo South District went down from 74 cases in 2011 to about five cases in 2013 so far. Transmission is not known for Buruli Ulcer, but it is our belief that providing clean water in those communities makes the people healthier and better able to stay healthy. It also keeps people out of the swamps and dirty water where the disease lurks in the mud.
  • This is a photograph of a girl named Anita. The wound on her arm was stage 3 which covered beyond her elbow to almost her wrist. She was treated with antibiotics for fifty-six days. We had surgery to remove the flesh eating disease and she had skin grafts to cover the wound. She also learned how to flex her arm with physical therapy so she wound have full use of her arm after the wound healed. Rotary helped Anita to have hope and healing from this disease. We empowered the doctors and nurses at the Kukuom Hospital to know how to provide the right kind of care to enable Anita to lead a normal life after the neglected disease.
  • An Assistant Governor, Bruce Griffith, asked Walter Hughes how to drill a well in Africa. He didn’t know, but he thought it would be possible to drill one well only if we got the clubs from one or two areas to join together to raise the funds needed to drill that one well. As he learned the needs in Ghana from the local Rotarians, the dream grew to eradicate Guinea worm disease, outfit hospitals, improve literacy at schools, and to give people safe water to drink. Thousands of people have water to drink when our goal was just to drill one well. Don’t let your dream be too small. We can partner with Rotarians in Virginia, Tennessee, New York, California, New Hampshire, Texas, South Carolina, Canada, U.K., and Switzerland to make a difference in this world. The only thing that is preventing us from achieving greatness is the size of our dream.Rotary
  • Please raise awareness that every Rotarian needs to give to the Rotary Foundation annual fund every year. You can fund a well, a library, a hospital bed or other part of a new global grant. It is possible for non-Rotarians, churches and friends to give to the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation has the highest rating for a charitable organization. The Rotary Foundation has something very unique to make sure that the charitable funds are well spent. It has Rotarians like you! You can also start your own project to make a difference at home and around the world.Rotary
  • The greatest gift that we can provide to the Rotarians in Ghana is ability for them to transform the lives of the people in their community. The excitement of implementing humanitarian projects funded by global grants are the best way to strengthen Rotary Clubs in Ghana. The Rotarians want to see clean water for people to drink, schools for children to learn and hospitals to care for the sick. Two Rotary Clubs were chartered in Ghana in May 2013. The Bolgatanga Goodwill Rotary Club is in its third year as a club. The Tamale Rotary Club was very active in eradicating Guinea worm disease, but right now they have less than twenty members. The Sunyani Central Rotary Club made sure that most of the schools and central market area of Sunyani had water and sanitation. The young professionals noticed the action and wanted to join Rotary, but they decided that they want to be leaders in a new club with members thirty (30) years old or younger only! The northwestern region of Ghana called the Upper West still does not have a Rotary Club. It is our hope that we can start a club in that region so that Rotary projects can be funded for that very remote region of Ghana. We’ve had inquiries from clubs in the United Kingdom and the US wanting to know how to do work in that region. Bolgatanga Goodwill RC could sponsor the grant, but it would be better to have a Rotary Club sponsor grants in their home region. Rotary is growing in Africa because professionals, teachers and administrators are seeing that Rotary is taking action to transform lives! Other major cities and district capitals of Ghana such as Cape Coast also need a Rotary Club.Rotary
  • I (Walter Hughes) never imagined the journeys that I would take as a Rotarian to learn about the needs in remote places like Ghana in West Africa or South Sudan in East Africa. These are once in a lifetime trips and that have transformed my life. Building goodwill and friendships around the world opened my eyes to the real potential of Rotary. I never imagined flying into a grass strip in Kapoeta, South Sudan where we had to chase the goats off of the runway after seeing a crashed plane on one end of the landing strip. I’ve never been on a road that had land mines the prior year or climbed on a rope bridge at the top of the rain forest. I’ve never driven on dry river beds or deep ravines to get to the Rotary project. Rotary is an adventure that can transform the lives of others. The life that has been changed forever is my own.
  • District Governor Ron Mabry of District 7570 of Linden, VA, Past-President Mike Mefford of Johnson City, TN and Walter Hughes, District Grants Chair of D7570 went to Ghana in November 2013. We are taking a group to Ghana in February 2014 with Rotary International Vice-President Anne Matthews. If you can’t go, we can use your help to fund a new well, help a school, or improve a hospital in Ghana.
  • Seeing the needs in Ghana related to Rotary six areas of focus

    1. 1. Taking Roads Less Traveled to Serve Ghana
    2. 2. What is our Track Record? • Raised over $1.2 Million • 264,000 People Have Safe Water • 90 New Boreholes in recent efforts • Eradicating Guinea worm disease • Impacting Buruli Ulcer disease • Transforming lives in Ghana • Teams from US, Canada & Switzerland
    3. 3. Hawaii Partner with 80+ Clubs in 16 States, Switzerland, & 2 Canadian Provinces! Massachusetts California New Hampshire Texas New York West Virginia New Jersey Vermont Virginia Florida North Carolina Tennessee Wyoming
    4. 4. Needs Identified on Last Trip • Providing clean water & sanitation • Promoting peace • Upgrading hospitals and clinics • Growing local economies • Improving education & literacy • Fighting disease Strengthening & starting Rotary Clubs
    5. 5. Providing Clean Water & Sanitation • Drill new boreholes and wells • Provide water & latrines at schools • Increase sustainability with Water & Sanitation Committee training • Target places with water shortages & high levels of disease • Upgrade and repair small town mechanized water systems
    6. 6. Drill New Boreholes and Wells • Drill 20 new boreholes at cost of $6,000 • Build bathrooms & latrines at schools, hospitals and in towns
    7. 7. Mechanized City Water Systems • Upgrade 5 towns at Cost of $3,000+/town • Near Rotary Clubs of Tamale & Techiman • Need is urgent • Change power source
    8. 8. Promoting Peace • Rotary is setting the example • Three Rotary Clubs have Muslim and Christian members • Leadership in our clubs include both Christians and Muslims • Different tribes are represented • Dug 13 wells in civil unrest area in Bawku in northeastern Ghana
    9. 9. Provide Beds & Medical Equipment • Upgrade Techiman Hospital and several smaller clinics • Need dialysis machine • $40-50,000 effort
    10. 10. Growing Local Economies • Grow economy & jobs • Need training for shea butter, basket weaving, soap making, trade certifications, and health related training.
    11. 11. Improve Education & Literacy • Provide water, books, latrines, library, desks • Need is all over Ghana • Empower schools
    12. 12. Fighting Disease in Africa • Locating wells in South Sudan Guinea worm endemic villages • Prototyping care for neglected tropical disease called Buruli Ulcer • Raise awareness that we need to “Add Water” to end Polio in Nigeria • Raising funds to drill wells in Nigeria where Polio is a risk to children
    13. 13. Why Not End Disease in World? 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2,733 1,692 1,028 484 113 6 Number of People with Guinea Worm By Year Ghana South Sudan
    14. 14. Guinea Worm Disease
    15. 15. Guinea Worm Cases By Year Country 2011 2012 2013 2014 South Sudan 1,030 521 113 3 Chad 10 10 14 3 Mali 12 7 11 0 Ethiopia 8 4 7 0 Sudan 0 0 3 0 Ghana 0 0 0 0 Eastern Equatoria is target state in South Sudan. Year-to-date is through March 2014.
    16. 16. Fewer Cases in Remote Places Ghana in ‘07 South Sudan October ‘12
    17. 17. Buruli Ulcer is Neglected Tropical Disease in Africa
    18. 18. Clean Water & Vocational Training in Global Grants 25176 & 25922 • Impacted 93,781 people over last two years • Drilled 47 boreholes and wells • Found and cared for Buruli Ulcer patients • Trained 56 villages about Buruli Ulcer • Selected & trained 484 community health care worker volunteers • Trained 176 doctors and nurses • Reduced Buruli Ulcer Disease in Ghana
    19. 19. Lives Changed with Grants in Asunafo South District • Provided new & repaired wells in endemic communities to cover whole district with clean water • Prototyped care for Buruli Ulcer • Year People with Buruli 2011 74 2012 45 2013 5
    20. 20. We Are Changing Lives of People with Buruli Ulcer Before Treatment After Treatment
    21. 21. Is Your Dream Big Enough? • Our dream was to drill one well in Africa and raise funds from six clubs • Today, Ghana is being transformed by • Connecting pieces of the puzzle together • Strategic humanitarian projects that build on past grants to achieve larger goals • Action is causing new clubs to form • People are noticing that Rotarians who join together can make a big difference!
    22. 22. Your Rotary Club gave water to Amanfe, Ghana! Chatham Rotary Found Here!
    23. 23. Strengthening Existing Clubs & Starting New Rotary Clubs • Action recruits young professionals • Techiman and Sunyani East Rotary Clubs were chartered in May 2013 • Most members of Sunyani East RC are young, less than 30 years old! • Global grants strengthen clubs in Ghana • Need new clubs in northwestern and southwestern Ghana
    24. 24. Travel to Amazing Places!
    25. 25. Once in a Lifetime Journey!
    26. 26. Thanks, Journey is Worth It!