Community Health Volunteer Training

Friday we spent the day training community health volunteers (CHVs) on how to administer our pre-registration survey. We have seven CHVs working with us in six communities. In sum, we are covering somewhere between 4,000 – 8,000 people but we don’t really have any idea how large the communities are. We don’t have baseline data and the Ghana population estimates seem to be pretty far off. We had the CHVs count the number of households and got estimates but there’s no telling if they are accurate either. It’s sort of a big deal because we need to have a certain sized sample to have enough statistical power and we also need to know how many nets to buy to achieve universal coverage.

Traveling in style

Anyway, long story short, the pre-registration survey will hopefully answer all these questions. We are collecting information on the number of households, the number of people in each household, and the number of existing nets in the household. All this is going on right now. We trained the CHVs on friday and had them conduct the door-to-door registration over the weekend and today. We are going out to the Eastern Region tomorrow morning (leaving at 6am!) for a day trip to collect the turned-in registration forms and enter them into our database. We will then be able to quickly calculate how many nets we need to purchase for our distributions friday and saturday.

Making fufu

On the lighter side, Julia and I got to spend some time hanging out with a family and learn how to many fufu.

Check out more photos on my facebook page. Here’s a link to them!

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One Response to Community Health Volunteer Training

  1. Jean says:

    I love these photos. In particular, the ones of the family teaching you about casava (?sp). The children’s smiles light up their faces. So beautiful. The country is gorgeous as well. But you can see how difficult the net distribution must be with the isolation of these areas and the primitive conditions. The contrast with our big air conditioned houses and swimming pools doesn’t escape notice.

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