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Global Health Volunteer Abroad Experience: Global Impact Corps

Fri, 17Aug2012 Comments off


Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps is a high-impact “immersive” global health experience for students and for professionals. Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our Global Impact Fellows, coupled with the highest quality of healthcare delivery programs with our partners.

Locations of Year-Round Programs:

Ghana, Honduras, India
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

What do Global Impact Fellows do?:

Global Impact Fellows support and learn from the partner clinics’ talented medical professionals. Through hands-on, structured training, Global Impact Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery.  

Global Impact Fellows come from very diverse backgrounds, including those interested in public health, medicine, international development, social entrepreneurship, and the social sciences.  Global Impact Fellows work with local doctors to eliminate patient barriers to care for patients living in extreme poverty.  They assist with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, and other important support tasks.  They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors. Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing global health research. For example, current Global Impact Fellows are pursuing research studies about medication management, the use of visual resources for patient education, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to care.

What do Global Impact Fellows say?

“I gained a vast basin of knowledge not only about eye health, but also on the healthcare infrastructure, patient interactions, and management systems of the developing world. Reading about health issues in the news or in class became stark reality during my summer in Dhenkanal, and I now aim to reinvigorate my efforts to study and contribute to the field of international health. Over the course of my career, I hope that I can one day return to India as a doctor and remedy the health inequalities that remain ever-present on a global scale,” Pallavi Basu, Global Impact Fellow.  See more volunteer accounts at


What Next:

See the complete details and the online application at


source: content is  from their  site, email from Unite for Sight,  and blog: “Going to Ghana – One Global Impact Fellow’s Experience with Unite for Sight”



Webinar:Why does diarrhea matter? Lessons from Countries

Wed, 15Aug2012 Comments off

August 7, 2012 — MCHIP

Please join CORE Group and MCHIP for the second in a series of webinars on diarrheal disease.

WHEN: August 21st from 9 – 11 am EST

HOW: Join by registering at CORE Group’s website [2]

WHO: Moderated by Dr. Dyness Kasungami, MCHIP Team Leader for Child Health

The second leading cause of preventable child deaths, diarrheal disease claims the lives of 1.3 million children under-five annually, mostly in Africa and South Asia. Gains from the introduction of oral rehydration therapy (ORT) and improved water, sanitation and hygiene are have not been sustained in many countries, with global coverage of ORT use being as low as 34%.

The first webinar in February focused on advocating for coordinated approaches to implement a package of effective interventions, and mobilizing resources and multi-disciplinary partners. In this second webinar, Dr. Dyness Kasungami will moderate a panel with three speakers who will present country success experiences  from Benin, Ghana and India in addressing low coverage of effective interventions in diarrheal disease.

The panelists will also share lessons learned surrounding promising practices to increase coverage of zinc, changed dynamics around ORS/zinc use, and the links between treatment and key Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) practices for prevention. The panel presentation will be followed by an opportunity for a Q&A with participants.

Katharine McHugh is the WASH Technical Advisor at PSI.
Topics: Diarrhea treatment program in Benin; strengthening linkages between ORT/zinc and WASH

Kate Schroder is the Director of Essential Medicines Initiative of Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).
Topic: Demand generation for ORS and zinc in India

Vicki MacDonald is the Child Health Advisor of Abt Associates.
Topic: A public/private partnership in Ghana to address the introduction of zinc

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Money for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for water- Ghana and MOZAMBIC

Thu, 01Apr2010 Comments off

Here are excepts from two story about reaching  Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)  for water.  I dont think we should compare, but rather understand the vastness of the issues


NAM NEWS NETWORK Mar 31st, 2010

MAPUTO, March 31 (NNN-AIM) — The Mozambican government has launched its National Rural Water and Sanitation Programme (PRONASUR), intended to ensure that Mozambique can comply with the water-related targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This MDG target is to reduce by half, between 1990 and 2015, the percentage of the population without permanent access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation.

PRONASUR will run from 2010 to 2015 and is budgeted at 300 million USD. It aims to increase the percentage of the rural population with access to clean water from the current 54 per cent to 70 per cent. Over the same period it hopes to lift basic sanitation coverage from 39 to 50 per cent.

In order to reach these goals, the programme intends to build 12,000 new water sources, and 120 small water supply systems. This will benefit an additional 4.5 million people, bringing to 13 million the number of people with access to clean water. The programme will also rehabilitate those rural water systems that are currently out of order.

As for sanitation, PRONASUR envisages the construction of more than 400,000 improved latrines, which at an average of five people per household will benefit a further two million people.

Through a strategy entitled “Community Headed Total Sanitation”, the new programme hopes to reduce, as quickly as possible, the practice, extremely common in parts of the country, of defecating in the open, regarded as one of the key ways in which diarrhoeal diseases, including cholera are spread.

The donors to the Water Sector Common Fund (Britain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada and UNICEF) have pledged 9.5 million USD to PRONASUR for 2010, and the Mozambican government is contributing a further 2.0 million USD. — NNN-AIM


Ghana needs $1.5b to meet MDG sanitation target


A programme officer of the Environmental Health and Sanitation Directorate (EHSD) of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Kweku Quansah, has disclosed that Ghana requires about $1.5 billion within the next five years at the peak of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target, in order to attain the MDG in Sanitation.

He said this means that annually the country will need a capital investment of about $300 million to be able to attain the sanitation MDG target.

Mr. Quansah, who disclosed this in an interview with this reporter in Sunyani Tuesday, said the political authorities, donors and households are ready to invest this much to push the sanitation coverage up, “because in the whole of West Africa we are last but one and it doesn’t auger well because Ghana has done well in so many areas but unfortunately in sanitation we are lagging behind and there is the need to double up ourselves and ensure that we achieve the MDG target.”

He however hastened to add that it is not likely Ghana might achieve the target, adding that the MDG target is only the basic target required for sanitation coverage and not the ultimate.

Mr. Kweku Quansah said “after the MDG we still have to work hard to let our people have decent latrines, and that is what we are working towards, so we should not discourage anybody that we might miss the MDGs.”

According to him, “the most important thing is that it is going to ignite the fire for us to move ahead, and after MDGs attain some of the targets we have set for ourselves and it is important for the sector to do that.”

Speaking to the coverage of water and sanitation issues in Ghana for the past five years, Mr. Kweku Quansah told this reporter that in the sanitation sector Ghana has not been doing well at all.

He said improved sanitation (improved latrines) in households was around 10%, moved to 11%, while the latest figures released by the Joint Monitoring Platform (JMP) of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Water and Sanitation Monitoring Platform (WSMP) in Ghana pegged the country’s performance at 12.4%.

The programme officer, who was a participant at a two-day Annual Review Workshop of WaterAid, Ghana and its partners, lamented that Ghana is only moving marginally, and that the pace is very slow with respect to improvement in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector. “We need to really double up and this requires funding,” he asserted.

He was very hopeful however, that Government, development partners and individual Ghanaians will make available the needed funds to push the water and sanitation sector forward because sanitation is life, dignity and can improve school-girl education , saying it is at the core centre of the eight MDGs.

Mr. Quansah urged the private sector to be involved, participate and support work in the sector, as 80% of the work in the sanitation sector is ceded to them, adding that because sanitation is about behavioural change, once they assist in attaining that the problems of sanitation would be 50% solved.

By Edmund Smith-Asante

Toilets -essential?

Mon, 23Nov2009 Comments off

washlink notes: via a link I saw the title below  and assume it was a humorous story from the US or Europe…Reading the first line  “Do landlords know that it is an offense not to provide toilet facilities…”  I’m thinking what’s the catch… some badly placed joke  but  I  read on….  I caught on rather quickly that sadly there was no clever catch to it, like to sell  toilet paper etc.  This is  just another part of the world …stupid me.  But  then the outrage:  something so improbable for for me in Massachusetts :”Do landlords know that it is an offense not to provide toilet facilities…” that I anticipate a humorous story!!
Yes so probable for a good portion of  the human race, when  I realize mistake I am saddened ….at what trick perspective  has played…..

Toilet – A very essential part of every home

Do landlords know that it is an offense not to provide toilet facilities in their houses before renting them out?

Well, a lot of them do not know and that is why they continue to put up houses without toilet facilities and expect their tenants to use the public toilets.

essential ?

So the reminder of the Director of Environmental Health and Sanitation, Mr Demedeme Naa Lenason, to landlords that it is an offence not to provide toilet facilities in their houses or to convert their toilets and bathrooms into living rooms is timely.

Quoting from the 2000 Population and Housing Census, he said more than 20 per cent of Ghanaians did not have any form of latrines and therefore resorted to open defecation.

Mr Lenason said the 2000 census revealed that 31.45 per cent households

see map

in Ghana used public latrines as compared to 8.5 per cent using water closet; 22 per cent used pit latrine, 6.9 per cent used KVIP, four per cent used bucket or pan latrine and 6.9 per cent attend to nature’s call in other people’s houses.

He said the Ministry’s Environmental Sanitation Policy of 1999 was unequivocal on households and public toilets and the policy states that at least 90 per cent of the population should have access to acceptable domestic toilet, while the remaining 10 per cent should have access to hygienic public toilets.

As we observe World Toilet Day on November 19, a day to celebrate the humble, yet vitally important toilet and to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis, we need to learn from other countries, such as the United Kingdom, how toilets became a vital part of any building.

As far back as in 1891, there were legislations for the construction of water closets in houses by the British under the London Householder’s chart.

There were nuisances, which could be dealt with summarily under the Public Health (London) Act 189.

There were strict regulations regarding erected or re-built houses, with the provision of proper water closets. Penalty was 20 pounds then.

Additionally, the British found it necessary to support this Law having had very bad experiences in waste management and becoming sufferers of epidemics such as typhoid and cholera in the 1840s.

There is no way a building can be erected in the UK now without the provision of at least a toilet.

But in Ghana people still build houses without making provision for toilet facilities.

Dr John Snow’s work in tracing the source of a cholera outbreak in Soho, England, in 1954, is described now as “a major event in the history of public health and can be regarded as the founding event of the science of Epidemiology”.

The discovery of what causes cholera was followed by the crisis, which was termed, “The Great Stink or the Big Stink.” In the summer of 1858, the smell of untreated sewage almost overwhelmed people in Central London.

Within 18 days a bill was passed and the task of building the city’s sewers began and those sewers still serve London.

Sadly, there are still outbreaks of cholera in Ghana almost every year, but no serious focus has been given to building hygienic toilets across the country to check this outbreak.

Click here to  read this wonderful great story in its entirety …
from Peace FM

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