Domeabra & Akwakwaa Community Clinics
Domeabra Community Clinic
Didi A.Vinambra is a life long volunteer and a certified trainer with the Ministry of Health in Ghana
Mothers from Domeabra and other surrounding villages have brought their children to get vaccinated on Babies Vaccination Day. Didi A.Vinambra attends to one of the mothers and her baby
At the Domeabra Clinic we focus on preventative health and the staff are all members of the local community. They are involved in making sure that there are safe and hygienic drinking sources in the villages and talk with pregnant mothers about bringing up young children as well as giving advise on birth control measures. The clinic is planning to develop more of these kinds of interactions with the surrounding communities through puppet plays and theatre and we hope that the ideas and inputs of more volunteers will stimulate this to become a reality.
Many mothers come to the clinic regularly to get their babies checked. Here one of the trainees, Mary, is feeding one of them.
At the moment Didi has 6 students, Richards, Mary, Ojasina, George, Abigail and Christiana, who live and train at the clinic and are given a monthly allowance. Didi often co-ordinates trainings with AMURT's other clinics, so that all staff and trainees can benefit from each other, as well as from the knowledge and expertise of volunteers coming from abroad. Just last summer (2006) Mary and Richards, trainees at Domeabra, went to Mafi Seva Community Clinic for a four week training course with nurse Mila from Canada and Suniiti, a midwife from England. In the past some of Didi’s trainees have stayed to work with her and one of her first graduates, Elizabeth, subsequently went to work with AMURT in our Mafi Seva Clinic in the Volta Region.
Community midwifes are being trained in delivery techniques, October 2006
Didi A.Vinambra and the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) that underwent training in October 2006 with Sunitii, a professional volunteer midwife from England
Akwakwaa Community Clinic
The clinic at Akwakwaa
The staff and their work
The staff at Akwakwaa. From left: our watchman Mam Ali, project coordinator Didi A.Vinambra from Zambia, Sarah, our TBA Ante, Bernice, Isaac, Wisdom
Apart from our watchman Mam Ali, the Akwakwaa Clinic is staffed by Isaac, Wisdom, Sarah, and our TBA Ante. They treat an average of 9-14 patients daily, and conduct 112-115 antenatal and 3-5 deliveries a month. Some TBAs, wise old women from the communities, have also joined our trainees in the two clinics, where our facilities ensure that deliveries are made safely and that any complications are dealt with early and effectively.