One of our African Leadership staff members, Michele Maynard, recently spent time with some of the HIV-positive folks that Mocha Club serves through the Grace AIDS Project in Sunyani, Ghana. Through Mocha Club and African Leadership donations, patients receive anti-retroviral drugs (ARV’s) from the Sunyani Regional Clinic in Sunyani, Ghana.
We wanted to share their feedback with you so you can better understand the lives of those we seek to serve. We have kept their answers anonymous to protect the identities of the patients.
1. How long does it take to get here to the clinic?
- 5-6 hours – 50%
- less than 1 hour – 30%
- more than 6 hours – 10%
- 2-4 hours – 10%
2. How do you get here? Walk? Mini-Bus? Other?
- Answers were mixed, but mostly public transportation was used
3. What services do you receive from the clinic?
- Counseling/health talks
- Free anti-retroviral drugs
- Word of God
4. Are you happy with the services at the HIV/AIDS clinic? What can be improved or done better?
- 85% stated that the clinic was very slow and that the staff should be more time conscious. Some also mentioned that the drugs were not always available.
5. How long do you spend at the clinic on each visit every month?
- 6-7 hours was the most reported – i.e. the whole day
6. How often do visit the clinic? When was your last visit?
- Either once or twice a month – many reported every week
7. Which person in your life/community is the most helpful to you? Who offers you the best quality of help in your life?
- Many reported no one – 40%
- Some reported a spouse, child or direct relative – 50% (the quality of support was not always good)
- Some reported a nurse or church leader – 5%
- Other – 5%
8. Do you have any physical problems at the moment?
- The most common was vomiting, waist pains, loss of weight and a few TB cases
9. How are you feeling emotionally today?
- 50% – good
- 50% – very poorly (many mentioned thinking a lot about things)
It only costs $5 a month in Ghana for the ARV’s necessary to keep a person with HIV alive – but some of the poorest people cannot even afford these inexpensive and life-giving treatments.