Emma Mensah RN proposed the Ghana project in January 2007. From November 1-16th 2007, a team of 13 traveled to Ghana to provide direct medical care as well as perform a community needs assessment around Malaria prevention and intervention. The trip was successful serving over 500 people both in Swedru Government Hospital and in the surrounding community, Gomoa District. Our team of doctors, nurses, social workers and artists partnered with Allies in Development Action (AIDA), an NGO in Ghana run by Emmanuel Amokwandoh. Mr. Amokwandoh has been doing work in Gomoa District since 1999 providing basic developmental assistance to deprived communities. AIDA has been a leader in the Gomoa District around Malaria prevention and intervention. In partnership with AIDA, our social work and arts team ran a community arts program with youth using arts as a medium to discuss community health needs and concerns around Malaria. The medical team worked in Swedru Government Hospital, volunteered in a Swedru community blood drive, and also set up community health clinics in the villages of Dominase and Dabanyin giving out free Malaria medication.
We returned Oct. 31-Nov. 14th 2008 to continue our work in Agona Swedru. We brought a team of 19 which included a new surgery component. In the hospital, our surgery team was able to provide 82 surgeries. The community health clinic served 350 community members providing general check-up's and first aid treatment. Necessary cases were referred to Swedru Government Hospital. The community education team served 250 people through public health arts education. We took donated digital cameras to students at Dominase Tech Secondary School where youth documented their community health concerns on camera. We also worked with the Womens Training Institute in Pankuforum providing printmaking materials so that women could develop their own public health symbol on cloth. Our program partnerships with Swedru Government Hospital and AIDA proved to be successful, and we were recognized by the Chief of Agona Swedru as well as Ghana Health Service for our work.
We will keep you updated on our continued work in Ghana.