Sahara Advocates of Change, a not-for-profit organisation, has provided free testing and vaccination against Hepatitis B services to a total of 100 children from two far flung communities in northern Ghana.
The two beneficiary communities, namely; Kolingo in Wa West District of the Upper West Region and Nyoli Dosaa in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District of the Northern Region are deprived of such health care services because of the absence of a health facility in the area.
The exercise christened: “Know Your Status: a health advocacy campaign” project, is being funded by The Pollination Project, a US based non-for-profit organisation.
Ms Lina Beneb, the Program Manager of Sahara Advocates of Change, said the project seeks to address health inefficiency and inaccessibility gap in rural Ghana especially in far reaching communities.
Ms Beneb, who is also a professional health practitioner, said the organisation worked in communities without health facilities.
“At least with our programs we can assist the government in reaching out to the people in these communities,” she said.
“We focus on Hepatitis because it is the silent killer. So many of our people are dying in their homes not knowing Hepatitis is often the cause”, she said.
“We wanted to reach as many people as possible but we need enough funds to run our programs as the testing process and vaccines are not cheap,” Ms Beneb said.
The Program Manager of Sahara Advocates of Change said people often refuse to get tested to know their status because of the stigma associated with the concern.
She called for constant sensitization and education coupled with free screening and vaccination to enable the people to know their status.
All 100 children tested negative to Hepatitis B and were duly vaccinated against the disease.