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Health Extension Volunteer

Not Actively Recruiting

Service Dates

January 13, 2020 - April 1, 2022

Application Window

February 1, 2019 - July 1, 2019

Location

  • Ghana

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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Description

"The purpose of the Peace Corps/Ghana Health project is to support national efforts to ensure that communities in Ghana lead healthier lives through improved health practices. In support of those efforts, Peace Corps Ghana has three goals under this project:

• Increase the knowledge and skills of community members to improve water, sanitation and hygiene practices and reduce diarrheal diseases;
• Increase the knowledge and skills of youth to improve their health and well-being through health and life skills education; and
• Increase the knowledge and skills of women and caregivers to adopt practices that contribute to healthy pregnancy, healthy newborns and children under 5.

Peace Corps Ghana has both semi-structured projects with international and local partners, as well as more traditional Peace Corps postings where individuals are expected to work exclusively in their community with relatively little structured support. Both settings provide exciting opportunities for Volunteers to promote positive behavioral changes in support of the three goals of the Health project. Action planning, implementation and capacity building form the foundation of the project’s mostly rural health outreach.

Many Volunteers conduct the following activities:
• Working with health care professionals at the Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS, a small health clinic) facility to:
o promote balanced nutrition among pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children under the age of five;
o provide malaria education to young people and influential community members
o assist with the organization of village-based immunization and baby-weighing sessions;
• Assisting your community to encourage better use of water and sanitation tools and promoting behavior change, and improving water and sanitation options, such as household latrines, rainwater harvest systems and soak away pits;
• Co-facilitating SHEP (School Health Education Program ) curriculum in the classroom for school-age youth that provides culturally appropriate comprehensive youth health information;
• Co-facilitating a series of home visits to households to promote essential practices that contribute to a healthy pregnancy, newborn and essential child health practices;
• Co-facilitating a series of pregnant mother group meetings to promote essential practices that contribute to a healthy pregnancy and newborn and child health
• Co-facilitating sessions with fathers or other family members to increase their knowledge of essential pregnancy and newborn practices and their importance in having a healthy pregnancy, newborn and child;
• Working with local groups to create or improve existing gardens providing increased sources of nutrition; and

Peace Corps/Ghana promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in Ghana and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of your work, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.

Ghana is one of the friendliest and most peaceful countries in West Africa. Ghana is known for her stable democracy, forward-looking development, beautiful beaches, rich culture, and hospitable people. With different tribes and over 70 languages throughout the ten regions, Ghana is a diverse country where the different tribes co-exist harmoniously. Hosting visitors is the ultimate expression of Ghanaian culture. Acknowledging the presence of another human being by greeting them, honors their existence. You will be expected to take on this practice. Indeed, your ability to greet and to form relationships will be a significant factor in your success. Especially in the local communities, visitors will be welcomed into families and quickly be made to feel at home."

"The purpose of the Peace Corps/Ghana Health project is to support national efforts to ensure that communities in Ghana lead healthier lives through improved health practices. In support of those efforts, Peace Corps Ghana has three goals under this project:

• Increase the knowledge and skills of community members to improve water, sanitation and hygiene practices and reduce diarrheal diseases;
• Increase the knowledge and skills of youth to improve their health and well-being through health and life skills education; and
• Increase the knowledge and skills of women and caregivers to adopt practices that contribute to healthy pregnancy, healthy newborns and children under 5.

Peace Corps Ghana has both semi-structured projects with international and local partners, as well as more traditional Peace Corps postings where individuals are expected to work exclusively in their community with relatively little structured support. Both settings provide exciting opportunities for Volunteers to promote positive behavioral changes in support of the three goals of the Health project. Action planning, implementation and capacity building form the foundation of the project’s mostly rural health outreach.

Many Volunteers conduct the following activities:
• Working with health care professionals at the Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS, a small health clinic) facility to:
o promote balanced nutrition among pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children under the age of five;
o provide malaria education to young people and influential community members
o assist with the organization of village-based immunization and baby-weighing sessions;
• Assisting your community to encourage better use of water and sanitation tools and promoting behavior change, and improving water and sanitation options, such as household latrines, rainwater harvest systems and soak away pits;
• Co-facilitating SHEP (School Health Education Program ) curriculum in the classroom for school-age youth that provides culturally appropriate comprehensive youth health information;
• Co-facilitating a series of home visits to households to promote essential practices that contribute to a healthy pregnancy, newborn and essential child health practices;
• Co-facilitating a series of pregnant mother group meetings to promote essential practices that contribute to a healthy pregnancy and newborn and child health
• Co-facilitating sessions with fathers or other family members to increase their knowledge of essential pregnancy and newborn practices and their importance in having a healthy pregnancy, newborn and child;
• Working with local groups to create or improve existing gardens providing increased sources of nutrition; and

Peace Corps/Ghana promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in Ghana and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of your work, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.

Ghana is one of the friendliest and most peaceful countries in West Africa. Ghana is known for her stable democracy, forward-looking development, beautiful beaches, rich culture, and hospitable people. With different tribes and over 70 languages throughout the ten regions, Ghana is a diverse country where the different tribes co-exist harmoniously. Hosting visitors is the ultimate expression of Ghanaian culture. Acknowledging the presence of another human being by greeting them, honors their existence. You will be expected to take on this practice. Indeed, your ability to greet and to form relationships will be a significant factor in your success. Especially in the local communities, visitors will be welcomed into families and quickly be made to feel at home."
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Benefits

Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Health & Nutrition

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Combination of direct and indirect service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Hospital, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Recreation or Youth Center, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

Hosted By

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