The clinics in Nakpayili and surrounding areas are under an enormous strain. Waiting times are long, and costs are high. Many also face a long journey along hot and dangerous roads if they want to see a nurse or doctor, taking them away from work or school.
Our team in Ghana run a local community-led initiative to provide affordable and effective natural medicines, educating families on how they can grow and prepare these medicines themselves. They can then sell these medicines to neighbours, whilst making improvements to their family's health.
Our treatments focus on follow-up care and pastoral attention that is beyond the hospital’s capacity to give. In being with people throughout illness and recovery, particularly in prayer and reflection, real trust has developed.
Our team also use these conversations to emphasise the benefits of sleeping under mosquito nets, and providing nets to families in need of them. These conversations lead to involvement in other CHIPS projects, including a micro-loan project led by women from Animal Rearing groups that connects more people from both tribes.
How does this make peace?
- Neighbours move around communities distributing natural medicines, making connections and building friendships with families from both sides of the conflict divide.
- Offering care in times of sickness creates deep and lasting connections based on trust that will open new windows for collaboration.
- This project addresses some of the core symptoms of poverty, which drives conflict. People sell medicines and use this income to benefit their family. They are more self-sufficient in treating sickness and do not have to travel to distant hospitals as regularly.
Matunble after a training session with CHIPS