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Menstrual Health Programme Update

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The menstrual health programme sponsored by NMSI, A Child Unheard (ACU) and Ruby Cup in conjunction with the NMSI-supported Community Health Planning Clinic in Ayenyah is progressing well.

The uptake of the programme within the community has continued to grow and there are now 83 women and girls who have been educated and trained in menstrual health and how to use the Ruby Menstrual Cup.

The distribution of the Ruby cups started on the 9th January 2017, when the school re-opened after the festive break.  Once distribution has been completed, the programme will be monitored on a monthly basis to ensure that the impact of introducing the Ruby Menstrual cups is understood

The hope is that there will be improvements in both the girls and women’s health as well as seeing an improvement in the girl’s attendance at school.

 

Urgent Roof Repairs at ACU School

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During the months of October and November, NMSI enrolled Soland into one of our ‘Giving Back’ partners, A Child Unheard, where they are now completing the urgent repair and renovation works to ACU’s school roof.

This project, partially financed by the funds raised by William Hsu (son of NMSI Deputy Chairman Fred Hsu) and friend Charlie Stevens from their epic 10,500 km cycle ride along the silk road for ACU, is a great milestone for Soland, as they gain their first, of what is hoped will be many, new contracts outside the ‘Built To Care Ghana’ district hospital programme.

This is phase 1 of the renovation programme at the school and sees the renovation of the kitchen, classroom and office block. This phase of works is well underway and is due to be completed by mid-November.

Richard Goodall, Director of Strategy – A Child Unheard Foundation, said “due to the condition of the roof at our school, we found ourselves in real need of a professional and compassionate construction partner. Thankfully we found NMSI and Soland listened to our needs and they have exceeded our expectations. All of us at the A Child Unheard Foundation, the school and the children want to thank NMSI and their team for their fantastic help”.

Furthermore, Soland have employed labourers from the local Ayenyah community, in turn passing on and transferring long term skills to all those involved in the project.

Launch of GIZ’s “Prevention is better than Cure” project

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The launch of GIZ’s “Prevention is better than Cure” project, in partnership with NMSI, took place at the Shai Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa on Saturday 8th Oct.

NMSI’s partnership with GIZ has progressed well over the last few months, with the foundations being laid for the initial roll out of the ‘Prevention is Better than Cure’ programme being headed by Miriam Sai, Genelec Support Services’ clinical specialist.” The programme has progressed well and on 2 September, it was introduced to local Dodowa Community leaders and stakeholders, who have consented for the project to be rolled out into the wider community. This is great news as this community engagement was always going to be crucial for the success of the programme.

It is also a great step forward in promoting preventive health measures and starting to educate communities on how to avoid risks to health and prevent illness. This is believed to be one of the first preventive health care programmes in Ghana.

The aim of this program is to provide:

  • Access to information on preventive health in hospitals
  • Trained staff for consultation on preventative health measures
  • A bridge between traditional and modern medicine

Targeted information on high risks such as malaria, TB, HIV, waterborne viral illnesses The programme will provide for:

  • Training for 30 Community volunteers and 18 Nurses from three local communities
  • A 14-day Community sensitization programme delivered by the trained staff
  • A 10-day screening program (BMI/Hypertension/Blood Sugar/Breast Screening/Nutrition) for the three local communities.

The launch of the programme will take place at the Shai-Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa, built by NMS Infrastructure under the Built To Care District Hospital programme and fully handed over to the Ghana Health Service in August 2016, with three communities having been identified to participate within this programme.

GIZ will be working closely with the Ministry of Health on this and if the pilot proves to be a success, it will be rolled out into other African countries.

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Preventative Healthcare Programme, Ghana

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On 8th October, Germany’s International Development Organisation (GIZ) and NMSI launched a €1.3 million preventive healthcare programme. The event took place at the newly-built Shai-Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa, where Dr Samuel Akaba, Director of Institutional Care Division, Ministry of Health, called on Ghanaians to be more responsible for their health. He said the race to get things done for the family could steal attention but knowing what can make “you healthy and less capable of achieving life goals and taking steps to stay healthy” is the best personal choice one can make.

 

NMSI repair Noyaa Academy’s roof in Jamestown, Accra

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From 11 to 15 August, Tom Vaughan of NMSI led a team of employees and volunteers on a CSR project to renovate the Noyaa Academy in Jamestown, Accra, with the help and support of the NMSI team. The roof had numerous holes meaning that during the rainy season classes were severely interrupted due to flooding, while the children’s school books and food was being destroyed. The roof was replaced with new roofing sheets; new guttering was added in order to channel run-off water and a concrete apron was constructed along the right hand side of the building to divert surface water away from the building.

In addition to the above, the team also created a new classroom, for older Year 4 students, by constructing a new partition wall in one of the larger rooms, using materials recycled from the Dodowa Hospital build.

Finally, the school exterior was completely repainted in its customary blue. Tom said: “it has been a great privilege to head up this very worthwhile CSR project. It fills me with great happiness and pride knowing that the underprivileged pupils of Noyaa may now continue their education come rain or shine and that one day they might graduate into the national education system. This could not have been achieved without the help of my colleagues here at NMS, especially my right-hand woman, Safia Wahab, and the support of the headmistress, Rachel, the students and the rest of the local community who took it upon themselves to help refurbish the school. Good job all round!” Rachel Annan, Noyaa Academy’s Headmistress said “I thank you and NMS for your help, it was so heart-warming seeing the love from the staff of NMS to us.

Words can’t express our gratitude for your efforts and the whole staff of NMS. Our roof is all fixed and painted. A classroom created to add up to what we have, and the kids will be so happy, and we won’t have to be shifting from one place to the other when it rains”

 

 

New wall art in Pediatric ward Dodowa

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On the 7th of July, a small team from NMSI office in Accra, spent their day at the recently opened Dodowa hospital for a special CSR project in the paediatric ward.

Tom, Francis and Cynthia, along with Adrian Crowley’s wife, © NMS Infrastructure 2016 July 2016 • Page 2 Esther, and two young children, Oisín and Eabha, brought a little more colour to the ward by putting up some fun and decorative animal and “Thomas the Tank Engine” stickers on the walls.

The artistic endeavours did not end there, with the pièce de résistance featuring a large jungle mural which is instantly visible as soon as you enter the ward. We hope this will bring some fun and pleasure to the kids in the ward and will make their time there a little less distressing.

New classes funded by NMSI begin – Noyaa weaving classes

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On 18th June, the children at the Noyaa Academy received their first class on how to weave from recyclable plastics. The Noyaa Academy has teamed up with Environment360 to organise an eight-week programme sponsored by NMSI. To help the school to become sustainable, Environment360 are hosting the plastic weaving classes where students will learn to weave baskets from recycled black rubber and water sachets.

This tangible skill can be used to help raise revenue to care for themselves and their families and will even ensure some stay in school. Noyaa headmistress, Rachel Annan, said: “Our first class of using sachet rubber to make bags and other beautiful items was amazing with Angela teaching the kids the basic steps so that at the end of the eight-week programme the children will have acquired a skill that will help them in the future.” Cordie Aziz, director of Environment360, added: “Environment360 believes in empowering children to not only clean up their environment, but equip them with skills that can help them earn money as well”.

Overall the first class was a great success and the children had fun, as well as starting the journey on how to have a tangible skill going forward. They are all very much looking forward to the next classes over the coming weeks and seeing their baskets at the end of the programme.

Environmental Education Program

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The NMSI-sponsored ‘Jaku and the Earth Defenders’ mobile gallery has been making its way around schools in Accra. The gallery teaches children about different types of pollutants, the importance of community sanitation and how they can protect the environment by being Earth Defenders as well. On 31st May, the children of the Noyaa Academy were presented the ‘Jaku and The Earth Defenders’ gallery and learnt about how they can affect the environment. The visit proved to be another great collaboration between Noyaa and Environment360.

Renovation of Kungaruu Primary School

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As part of NMSI’s “giving back project”, the dilapidated Kugrago Primary School
building in the Garu-Tempane District of the Upper East Region was renovated by a
team of NMSI’s local employees and volunteers.

The NMSI funded project included the refurbishment of both external and internal
parts of the structure; renovation of one classroom with a concrete floor; and a football
pitch with corner flags and goal posts among others.

The Headmaster of the school, Joseph Ayambila, said he was “extremely thrilled” to have received the
support from NMSI.

Caroline Young, the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at NMSI said the company is delighted at
the support given to the community. “This is what we enjoy doing. It is not just about bringing a new
district hospital to the area; it is also about what we can do for the community”.

 

Noyaa Academy – NMSI Sponsors the Children’s Christmas Dinner

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NMSI and its partners have been supporting operation of the Noyaa Academy School in Jamestown, Accra, to provide basic education to children aged 4 to 17 as a gateway into mainstream education for children who would otherwise not receive any formal education.  The results are astounding.

In December 2015, NMSI and British Airways sponsored a festive Christmas Dinner at school for the children.  The event was organised by headmistress, Rachel Annan and attended by Derrick and Sarah from NMSI.

Rachel Annan said:

“We should be thanking you because if hadn’t been for the sponsorship we wouldn’t have been able to pull it off… The kids really enjoyed on a level that we have never had on a vacation day and the smiles on the kids’ faces was something I couldn’t describe, so thank you NMS…  Well done.”

NMSI has also funded next terms academic books for all the Children to ensure their education is fully supported and encouraged.

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