According to the GSS, eight (8) out of every ten (10) people picked at random in the Upper West Region are poor and one of the two regions where poverty has worsen for the past eight (8) years (GSS REPORT 2008).
This has affected negatively in the situation of the region. The right to good health, nutrition and devoid of diseases is paramount to every person irrespective of your religion, or tribes; however, the region is faced with the following challenges in the area of health.
- Low access to health facilities.
- Inadequate qualified health personnel.
- Poor knowledge of disease prevention.
- Teen pregnancy and illegal and dangerous abortions practices.
- Poor sanitation and lack of water infrastructure
- Various maladies and diseases including; Malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, STIs, Pneumonia, High infant and Maternal Morbidity and Mortality, Trachoma, Guinea worm coupling with poor sanitation are among the issues
Improve and maintain the health status of the people of Upper West Region through health education and promotion.
- Advocate and educate on the importance of health access and qualified health personnel.
- Promote good nutrition practices and nutritious livelihood options.
- HIV/AIDS prevention through gender advocacy, education, retroviral treatment advocacy and advocacy for PLWHA care and support.
- Promote good sanitation and environmental practices.
- Promote enrollment and retention of the NHIS and advocacy for the rights of patient and access to quality health care.
Additionally, Caring Volunteers Network works to improve the quality of services available through training of Community Health Workers, Community Health Committees and Peer Educators.