Since 2003, ASPI has partnered with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and Ghana Health Services (GHS) to reduce the prevalence of morbidity and mortality across Ghana, specifically focusing on malaria prevention, reproductive health, and tuberculosis prevention.
ASPI works to improve healthcare through a community based approach. ASPI also integrates a variety of educational tactics, such as educational theater, radio call-in shows, and home health visits to ensure sustainable healthcare improvement in local Ghanaian communities.
ASPI is dedicated to improving the health and livelihood of women and their families across Ghana. Since 2003, ASPI has educated over 66,000 Ghanaians about malaria prevention, reproductive health and tuberculosis prevention through community based education programs at the community and household level. ASPI utilizes a community based education model to foster local ownership of healthcare.
ASPI uses a participatory education methodology, recruiting and training local residents as Community Based Agents (CBAs) to deliver culturally-appropriate, integrated health services in the field.
CBAs are trusted members of the communities they serve; they are referred to ASPI by local opinion leaders and carefully trained in prevention and treatment services. Many of the CBAs are former public health officers who wish to continue healthcare delivery on a volunteer basis. By utilizing CBAs, ASPI is able to extend its reach with limited funding while ensuring their message is tailored to the communities they serve.
During durbars (gatherings that bring together a whole village or community), positive health messages are delivered by traditional Ghanaian drama/theatre performance, or through audio-visual displays in the local languages such as Twi and Ewe.
INTERACTIVE RADIO PROGRAMS
Experts facilitate interactive healthcare radio broadcasts. Community members are also able to call into the radio show to ask questions and share local healthcare concerns. These radio broadcasts are able to reach a much wider audience, but are still conducted in a local language to ensure their effectiveness.
On a monthly basis, CBAs visit households of beneficiary community members to educate them on malaria prevention and treatment. ASPI has already distributed 23,000 malaria nets.
CBAs utilize community forums (faith based communities, credit groups, tribal meetings, and other local community forums) to lead local health trainings throughout the month. The CBAs also provide educational materials and flyers in the local community dialect that can be taken home and shared among the community members.