Volta Health Initiative Pilot Project - 2013
The Volta Health Initiative pilot project will launch in late 2013 as a multi-faceted and comprehensive program meant to expand coverage for Kpando residents while fostering international cooperation and mutual learning between North American and Ghanaian medical professionals.
Volta Health Initiative (VHI) Goals:
- To provide healthcare to residents of Kpando living with limited or inadequate access to primary care through:
Short-term primary care clinics
Weekly walk-in community health resource for patients requiring assessment or health counseling
- To purchase health insurance for residents of Kpando living without the means to purchase health insurance and requiring ongoing medical care
- To match local healthcare professionals with international counterparts to continue medical learning through the treatment of patients and delivering public health seminars
- To foster long-term communication between local and international professionals
How is the Volta Health Initiative Different?
The onevillage model incorporates innovative community solutions that also apply to supporting the existing healthcare system. onevillage's Volta Health Initiative relies on the following nine pillars of healthcare planning and provision in order to be successful:
The VHI works by supporting the current healthcare system, not competing with it. This project began by identifying groups of people, such as children in orphanages and the homeless, who had limited access to healthcare because of a lack of health insurance. We also discovered that residents who could not afford to pay medical bills in full often received sub-standard medical care.
In an effort to circumvent these gaps in the current medical system in Ghana the goal of the VHI is to create short-term free healthcare clinics that treat acute problems on the spot and refer patients needing continuing care to existing hospitals, while providing them with health insurance to cover long-term costs. Since tertiary care exists already in Ghana, the VHI can provide access to residents without the financial means to pay on their own, while free clinics provide much needed primary care.
The VHI as a model for international cooperation and learning
One of the cornerstones of the VHI pilot project is the creation of a "mutual learning clinic" in which North American and Ghanaian healthcare professionals work together for two week terms fostering a model of international cooperation to the benefit of both the local community and all participants in the program.
Medical professionals will share information on local disease, diagnosis and management while working together at public walk-in clinics targeting vulnerable populations and delivering preventative/informative healthcare lectures in a public forum to increase local medical literacy on issues including malarial prevention, pre-natal care, HIV/AIDS and other relevant topics. In addition, North American participants in the VHI are encouraged to keep the lines of communication open with their Ghanaian counterparts after the two week term is completed by acting as a sounding board and resource for local participating health care professionals throughout the year.
onevillage is currently accepting applications from qualified medical professionals who would like to participate in the VHI (including doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, therapists – both physio and mental health – as well as medical students wishing to participate).
For program details including eligibility requirements please visit the
VHI application page
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