We are rigorously engaged in advocacy and policy debate on important public health issues. Our academics regularly feature in community engage programmes Health 2 Go, Global Center for Public Health as well as our involvement in advocacy work around Indigenous health, infectious diseases, climate change, mental health and many other areas. ECOPH also provides a platform for mobilisation and public health advocacy and action for our students around topical and urgent issues such as the 2014 Ebola epidemic. This and other events are provided on video via our website to ensure accessibility and ongoing impact.
Health 2 Go is expanding to 20 more communities serving about 20,000 people in the Barekuma Community Collaborative Development Program (BCCDP) in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti Region. Training was recently completed for six Managers/Facilitators, seven Supervisors, and 30 Community-Based Agents. Each group received a rigorous 5-day training at Ensign College of Public Health in the Eastern Region.
Health 2 Go is a program that delivers the health care system to the doorsteps of communities in hard to reach areas. It is based on the World Health Organization/UNICEF integrated Community Case Management of Childhood Illness and has been adapted to conform with Ghana country guidelines for treating childhood illness. The program trains Community Based Agents (CBAs) to assess and treat basic illnesses, promote health education to families, and connect complicated illnesses to health facilities.