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Announcement: Internship and Volunteering Opportunities, Courtesy of Isaac Ampomah, CEO of CHEP

On March 23, Isaac Ampomah, the CEO of the Concern Health Education Project, presented an online lecture to Nonviolence International New York research analysts on using nonviolent methods to advocate for quality health care through civil society. The Concern Health Education Project is a Ghana-based NGO that works with national, regional, and international partners on a variety of issues related to health, including youth immunizations, combatting meningitis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, promoting community development, and fighting environmental and climate change. By linking all these issues to community health, CHEP is able to leverage their expertise to lend aid to a variety of projects. For instance, CHEP has been involved in Ghanaian projects that combat climate change because such changes lead to food insecurity, which in turn leads to malnutrition and poor health.

Because CHEP is involved in so many projects, it has many partners in the NGO and civil society worlds. Mr. Ampomah, in addition to providing our members with a thorough and intriguing lecture, provided our members with potential avenues for future internships and volunteering opportunities. As a thanks to Mr. Ampomah, we invite our members and readers to utilize those opportunities, which we have included below. These opportunities were provided directly by Mr. Ampomah as part of a catalogue of internship activities and volunteering opportunities. Again, our great thanks to Mr. Isaac Ampomah for the lecture and for the great work that he and the Concern Health Education Project continue to do.

Below are some available project activities you can participate with your support as an intern or as a Volunteer

Right to Health Project

∙ Human right to health is a fundamental need of every citizens – this activity seeks to encourage communities and clients at the hospital settings(OPDs) to know their rights and responsibility of their health and that of their caregivers - This activity will interview outpatients attendance to measure their rights and responsibility levels of knowledge and provide education to their change in behaviour

∙ This activity will also review available policy documents to ensure that set documents are understood and interpreted well for the acceptance of the general population . Key national Institutions such as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice will be a key partner in these programs . Among the documents to be measured are the Ghana Patients Charter a policy guideline that provides rights and responsibilities of all patients and health workers.-

∙ Sign -up Now- email - call / Donate +233 243044732. to this program

Health and climate change Project:

∙ Over the last 50 years, human activities – particularly the burning of fossil fuels – have released sufficient quantities of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to trap additional heat in the lower atmosphere and affect the global climate. In the last 130 years, the world has warmed by approximately 0.85oC. Each of the last 3 decades has been successively warmer than any preceding decade since 1850. Sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting and precipitation patterns are changing. Extreme weather events are becoming more intense and frequent. Although global warming may bring some localized benefits, such as fewer winter deaths in temperate climates and increased food production in certain areas, the overall health effects of a changing climate are overwhelmingly negative. Climate change affects many of the social and environmental determinants of health – clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter. High temperatures also raise the levels of ozone and other pollutants in the air that exacerbate cardiovascular and respiratory disease.

∙ Evidence shows pollutants trigger asthma, which affects around 300 million people. Increasingly variable rainfall patterns are likely to affect the supply of fresh water. A lack of safe water can compromise hygiene and increase the risk of diarrhoeal disease, which kills over 500 000 children aged under 5 years, every year water scarcity leads to drought and famine. By the late 21st century, climate change is likely to increase the frequency and intensity of drought at regional and global scale. Floods and extreme precipitation are also increasing in frequency and intensity. Floods contaminate freshwater supplies, heighten the risk of water-borne diseases, and create breeding grounds for disease-carrying insects such as mosquitoes. They also cause drowning and physical injuries, damage homes and disrupt the supply of medical and health services. Rising temperatures and variable precipitation are likely to decrease the production of staple foods in many of the poorest regions. This

will increase the prevalence of malnutrition and undernutrition, which currently cause 3.1 million deaths every year.

∙ The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by Ghana to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat outlines a range of mitigation and adaptation measures aimed at tackling climate change. However, the extent of coherence between these policy actions and sectoral policies, institutions and programs that will be critical for the successful implementation of these actions needs to be interrogated as new evidence emerged .

∙ Opening up activities in these area of climate change and health requires series of engagement and assessment at both community levels and the policy space - to this end we invite interns and volunteers both local and abroad to pick up internship activities in this pace.- this project will investigate further other climate impacted health outcomes and share findings with the sector Ministries and Agencies -Sign -up Now- email - call +233 243044732. donate to this program

Healthy Mother - Health Child (HMHC)

∙ This internship activity is focus on activities in child Immunization , Nutrition and child care .- using nonviolence means- These activity seeks to engage women groups at local level to interact on their health challenges and needs, the activity also provide opportunities to interact with public health officers and doctors using a baseline survey to predict possible best healthy behaviours of mothers and children as well as providing an evidence base information for state authorities within the health care setting. Key targets in this area are pregnant mothers , Nursing Mothers and women in General, The activity also provides linkages with girls and boys as a gender linkages. The Ghana Health Services and Ministry of Health will be key actors in sharing the findings of this activities - Sign up Now- email and get ready to donate to this activities call +233 243044732.

Community Speaks Projects (CSP)

∙ This internship activity relies on the community inclusion initiatives to identify gaps in the community settings regarding health care and policy issues in Ghana. The general health care issues confronting communities are scored using community score card approaches to measure quality of health care services and offer recommendations to policy actors in the community for possible resolutions and fixing the Gaps - These activities also provide relief services and care for vulnerable and aged through social intervention services and outreaches . The activities are done through using Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation approaches –Key national institutions in this project will be the Districts, Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies in the communities of choice. Sign up Now- email or call +233 243044732. and donate towards this activity

Identifying The Missing TB Cases -

∙ TB is an infectious disease spread through the air from a TB positive client who when cough into a poorly ventilated space, the next person available with week immunity is then susceptible to contracting the germ therefore this internship program is an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and the status of TB prevention and care efforts. It is also an opportunity to mobilize political and social commitment for further progress in efforts to end TB.

∙ TB is the ninth leading cause of death worldwide and the leading cause from a single infectious agent, ranking above HIV/AIDS. Over 25% of TB deaths occur in the African Region. The emergence of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) poses a major health security threat and could risk gains made in the fight against TB.

∙ World TB Day provides the platform for affected persons and communities, civil society organizations, health-care providers, policy makers, development partners and others to advocate, discuss and plan further collaboration to fulfill the promise of reaching all people with quality TB prevention and care services, as well as enabling TB prevention through multi sectoral development efforts.-to support the national TB control program objectives of ensuring “early screening , detect and enroll into treatment all forms of notified cases (new cases) while increasing the proportion of bacteriological confirmed pulmonary TB, we as an organization intend to also contribute towards the SDG Target on Health to address TB cure and treatment. The Intern will support in profiling TB positive actor’s needs , their care and support and help in developing strategies to help local volunteers in their case finding search . To make this possible as an NGO in the community we have identified some gaps in TB in the communities and will need interns to help address them Sign -up Now- email - call +233 243044732. Donate to this program

Building a Malaria Free Society

∙ Malaria continue to be among the leading course of outpatient ailments in the District of Shai Osu Doku of the Greater Accra region one of our project site and Ghana in general , Malaria diseases caused by female anopheles mosquitoes is prevalent in many communities and homes across districts, Pregnant mothers and infants are worse hit by the disease, this is because of their weak immunity. Insecticidal treated Nets or the continuous intake of Intermittent Preventive Therapies known as SP or (IPTp ) for pregnant mother are usually recommended -Concern Health Education Project NGO is working in the 15 communities of Shai Osu Doku to mobilize communities and members in the community to adhere to malaria prevention protocols with particular attention to pregnant mothers . In the recent month a number of activities have been conducted using megaphone and observing the COVID 19 Safety protocols by way of the use of facial Mask and the use of Veronica Buckets (Washing Basins) to ensure that all Pregnant mothers are safe and observing prevention protocols thereby adhering to their routine IPTp intakes. The intern in this activity will support innovations to Home visit education of malaria prevention using trained community base actors as a tool to reaching hard to reach settlement and neighborhood, volunteers will freely educate churches , mosques , community markets and household in close partnership with the District health Management Teams, share findings about Malaria to the National Malaria Control Program Sign -up Now- email - call +233 243044732. Donate to this program

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