Jasmine raised the funds to build the structure, though it was up to the residents to furnish it and bring in a trained medical team. Local elder, Mr. Mfodwo Barnabas, spoke to the Ghana Ministry of Health and they agreed to send trained nurses to be stationed in the new clinic if the residents could furnish the building up to their standards. The villagers banded together to accomplish this. They used the construction funds wisely, and everyone from men and women down to the children helped gather materials, build the structure, and paint it. Mr. Barnabas sought out in-kind donations of hospital beds and other equipment. In time, the structure was completed and ready.
The clinic’s team still faces a final hurdle to making their complete maternity clinic dream come true: the attainment of an ultrasound machine. Currently, patients have to travel to a neighboring market town in order to have an ultrasound performed. If the Asiri Maternity Clinic were to have its own ultrasound machine, it would be a one-stop-shop, which would be particularly helpful during obstetric emergencies.
Ultrasound Machine: (32,300 Ghana Cedis) $2,626 US Dollars
Ultrasound Printer: (9,800 Ghana Cedis) $816 US Dollars
Transport of Machine to the village: (2,700 Ghana Cedis) $219 US Dollars
Total Project Cost: $3,661 US Dollars