In 2011, Global Brigades decided to expand its Holistic Model to a country in Africa to complement its work in Central America. Through in-person visits of more than 20 countries and a thorough research report on the best fit for our model, Ghana was selected as the best partner country. Programs in Ghana focus on healthcare, economic development and clean water.
To improve access to healthcare, Global Brigades partners with the Ghanaian government to provide mobile medical clinics that take place in public Ministry of Health clinics. In addition to providing consultations and medications, these clinics also provide public health education workshops and promote the National Health Insurance Scheme. For economic development, Global Brigades collaborates with both private and government organizations to create jobs by promoting and expanding local businesses, and to support community-owned banks that provide access to loans while re-circulating loan repayments back into the community bank for future loans. To combat common illnesses such as diarrhea, parasites and cholera, we also work with communities, the Ghana Water Company, Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA), and other partners to construct pour-flush toilets, hand-washing stations and potable water systems.