Ghanaian society remains largely patriarchal, and women and girls are often unable to openly discuss or access health support for topics like puberty, menstruation or mental health. As a result, teenage pregnancies and infant mortality rates remain high. Women are also most often responsible for their family’s health, from treating minor injuries to ensuring the family has the correct immunisations and is well nourished. Join us in Ghana to help create safe spaces for women and girls and to provide knowledge and support that helps challenge gender inequalities and helps improve the health of the community as a whole.
Based in the coastal village of Kokrobite, you’ll plan, design and deliver training workshops, group activities and discussions with local women’s groups or girls from local schools. As part of this program, you’ll be helping to provide local women – who often work in low-paid employment and juggle child or family-care obligations – with the information they need to understand their rights, and improve both their health and the health of their families.
Initiatives can range from focusing on basic first aid skills, to introducing methods of how to reduce transmission and treat malaria , to understanding nutrition and fitness. As well as GVI’s core project work supporting women and girls with menstrual health education, there will be flexibility for you to focus on a broad range of other public and community health concerns, based on the needs of the community at that time, and including for the health challenges facing men and boys. In doing so, you’ll help promote United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), including Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being, and you’ll be a part of advancing social ideas and delivering sustainable change in West African healthcare.
Weekends are yours to take in the stretches of golden coastline and traditional fishing communities and stroll through local markets. You could even head through to Ghana’s Cape Coast region and learn more about the history of the country at sites like the Cape Coast Castle. So whether you explore the fascinating historical sites or attend one of the many cultural festivals, you’ll be able to learn about the local community and West African cultures, in a location that has something new and exciting to offer for each volunteer.