Without better health policies governing healthcare access, the attainment of quality healthcare in rural areas will forever remain an illusion. The biggest challenge in policy-making remains the notion that rural areas are just like urban areas but with a different population distribution. Consequently, many policy makers simply transplant modified urban health services to rural communities without considering the unique village cultures and conditions. Cultural sensitivities, as well as income and literacy levels are some of the factors that need to be considered in shaping health policies for Ghanaians living in rural areas.” - Shadrack Frimpong (November, 2015)
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Shadrack Frimpong

This past summer, a team of students and a professor from the United States were in Tarkwa Breman in Ghana to conduct research on a model community clinic and school for girls. The project is the vision  of recent University of Pennsylvania graduate, Shadrack Frimpong, an international student from Ghana, to bring accessible healthcare and education to his hometown, Tarkwa Breman, and 7 surrounding villages. This is where Shadrack grew up, in an underserved farming community where the nearest hospital is over 160 miles from the nearest major city in Ghana. Access to basic healthcare is non-existent. Here, educating girls is seen as a luxury and the female child is the first to be pulled out of school in the face of financial constraints for families. From that point onwards, it is downward spiral into early marriage, teenage pregnancy, HIV  and other sexually transmitted diseases. It is a story too close to home for Shadrack whose friend and classmate, a brilliant girl who always topped his class, got pulled out of school by her family for financial reasons.