City Dispatches: Accra, Ghana
MCI has completed a suite of community profiling studies for Accra, as part of our urban community development work there, in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
Under the leadership of MCI Accra Program Manager Joe Melara, MCI has recently published three papers, the first looking at the historic seaside community of Korle Gonno, the second,
envisaging a revitalized future for the new Nima-Maamobi “gutter” area, in light of the new drain cover there, and the third extrapolating from all MCI’s work over the last three years
to develop an array of options for community upgrading, including improvements to infrastructure, access to public services, opportunities for important skills training for youth
and women and local economic development. Other valuable MCI team members responsible for this work include Kathy Kurtak, Rashid Alhassan, Mansi Sahu, Bethlehem Ayele and Sanggyun Kang,
all working closely with AMA, CHF International and other Accra-based NGOs, as well as community-based associations run by youth, women and local entrepreneurs.
City Dispatches: Mekelle, Ethiopia
As part of the KNOCK Foundation’s April mission to Mekelle, facilitated by MCI Social Sector Specialist Aberash Tedelle, Dr. Patricia Gordon and her small team set up shop at Ayder Referral Hospital, where in the course of a few days they saw hundreds of patients and taught over 20 hospital nurses, doctors and medical students how to screen and treat women for pre-cancerous cervical lesions. At the eager insistence of her Mekelle counterparts, Dr. Gordon and her colleagues set up a permanent screening unit, where the Ethiopian nurses have been working nearly non-stop after the Americans left. In their first day operating this new unit, the nurses saw 63 patients, identified eight with lesions, performed seven cryotherapy procedures and referred three women with suspicious lesions for further treatment — not bad, for a first day’s work providing a life-saving service not readily available before!