RDP Wine & Cheese Party

Olivia and I are hosting a wine & cheese mixer at our home to discuss upcoming plans for the RDP, specifically our ideas for our trip in January. We are very excited about a variety of ideas and would love to share them with you. We would love it if you joined us not only…

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Ghana and WHO collaborating on TB

In March this year it was announced that the WHO and the Ghana Health Service would be collaborating on a study to determine the prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) in the country. 1957 was the last time a study like this was conducted in Ghana. They are expecting to find that 353 persons out of every…

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Akatsi District Hospital

Payment for Health Workers

Something we at RDP have been batting around the last year or so is the issue of payment for health workers. As we embark upon our first official VHW training program, we will not be providing the new trainees with a monthly stipend. At this time the funds are not available and the job description…

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Why Rural Development?

When I first visited Akatsi in 2008 my vision was to start a clinic in the town center. I had always dreamed of starting a clinic in the developing world. The problem with forming a ‘vision’ before you’ve actually seen a place is that it isn’t much of a vision. After speaking with Ghanaians in…

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2008 Akatsi Child Health Needs Report

Abstract Child health in Ghana falls below global averages for child and infant mortality and is understudied in the Akatsi District of Eastern Ghana. In this study, a survey based assessment of the child health at 4 local public and private clinics in Akatsi was conducted over an 8 week period. Economic factors, accessibility issues,…

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