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OUR PARTNERS: RURAL WATCH

LEGAL STATUS

 

Rural Watch was established in 1999 to pursue broad-based programme with the ultimate objective of improving the conditions of rural people with particular emphasis on their health status.

 

It was formally registered with Registrar Generals Department in August 2000 as a company limited by guarantee and subsequently with the Department of Social Welfare as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with registration number DSW 1488.

 

MISSION AND VISION

The mission of the organization is to empower rural communities to take control of their lives by providing quality information on disease prevention particularly those associated with poverty. Flowing from this mission, the vision of Rural Watch is to become a regional leader in the provision and dissemination of health information to rural communities with a strong focus on women and children.

 

GOVERNANCE / MANAGEMENT SRUCTURE

The organization has a five member board headed by Mr. E. B. Danquah, a development consultant which provides strategic direction to the organization.  Based on the mission and vision of the organization, the board decides among other things which areas the organization must venture.  The day-to-day activities of the organization in terms of the implementation of programmes and project are carried out by a team of competent staff headed by the Executive Director.

 

The Executive Director is the secretary to the Governing Board and report on the day-to-day activities of the organization to board during meetings.

GEOGRAPHICAL COVERAGE

The organization has it head quarters in Koforidua in the Eastern Region and operate mainly in districts and Municipalities in this region.  Rural Watch has over the past ten years operated in East Akyem, Yilo Krobo, Kwahu West and the New Juaben District all in the Eastern Region.

 

It has covered towns and villages such as Abepotia, Fodoa, Adansua, Awenade all in Kwahu West District, Otopolu, Nkurakan, Azza, Huhunya in the Yilo Krobo District, Suhyen, Oyoko, Mile 50, Densua-ano, Pipe Line, Anlo Town, Nsukwao etc in the New Juaben Municipality and Pano, Asikem, Kyebi, Ahenbronum all in the East Akyem District.

 

 

PROGRAMME AREAS

Over the past ten years Rural Watch has worked primarily in the area of health and in line with its mission delivered various projects in three main disease areas-malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis.  Rural Watch has train over three hundred community-based volunteers who continue to propagate information in these diseases to the rural communities.

 

In the area of Tuberculosis control for instance, the organization conduct community sensitization, house-to-house campaign, identifies suspected patient and refers them to the collaborative health facilities for screening and treatments.

 

In the area of malaria, Rural Watch engages in malaria prevention education in the communities including the promotion of the use of insecticide treated net (sale of new once and treatment of old nets) especially for children and pregnant women.  Another major area in the malaria was the organization has been engaged over the years in the promotion of the uptake of Intermittent Preventive Treatment by pregnant women.  Pregnant women are urged to go in for at least two doses of Sulfadoxine Pyremithamine (SP) before delivery.

 

CURRENT PROJECT

Rural Watch is currently collaborating with the Gender Centre to implement a project aimed at Reducing the Vulnerability of Women to HIV and AIDS.  The project which is a follow-up to a survey conducted in 2006 by GC and other partners is being implemented in Nsukwao a suburb of Koforidua.  This project adds up to the huge expertise and experience of Rural Watch in delivering HIV/AIDS projects having taken part in the first project to pilot the delivery of anti-retroviral services in the country with Family Health International in 2004.

 

PARTNERS

Organizations that have supported Rural Watch is its programmes include Gender Centre, Family Health International, Africa Youth Alliance, Hope for African Children Initiative, Ghana Aids Commission, World Education, Global Fund through the National Malaria Control Programmes and the National Tuberculosis Programme.

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