Our team of three RNs from the U.S., and one doctorate level nurse practitioner from Canada and her 13-year old daughter, will be arriving soon to head out into the remote villages of Ghana’s Volta Region to evaluate and treat women patients. This will be our first mission devoted solely to adolescent girls and women.
In addition to assessing and treating our patients for everything from bodily aches and pains to severe illnesses like malaria, we’ll be testing for diabetes and high blood pressure, and providing enough medication to last until they can access ongoing treatment. We’ll also be testing for pregnancy, when warranted, and providing prenatal vitamins to all pregnant and early post-partum women (a huge thank you goes out to the non-profit organization, Vitamin Angels, for providing 198 pregnant and lactating women with vitamins to improve the health of them and their babies!).
If women present with symptoms indicative of HIV, or request testing, they’ll be confidentially tested. If positive, they’ll be referred to the municipal hospital HIV clinic, where they can get free medication and counseling. There’s a big push in Ghana to get the word out that HIV is not a death sentence – and that treatment is free and confidential. However, women are concerned about the stigma attached to having HIV, and being ostracized by their village. It’s a hurdle to overcome in slowing the rates of HIV in Ghana. We hope to make a positive impact on this challenging public health issue.
This will be the first of two back to back women’s health missions – the next is from February 24 – March 8, 2018. On our 2018 Women’s Health Mission, we’ll be distributing 500 kits of washable and reusable sanitary pads to schoolgirls in the Volta Region, as well as providing medical care for these young girls and other girls and women in the villages. If you’re interested in joining this, or any of our other healthcare missions in 2018, please go to the Health Missions page of our website and click on any of the dates to read all about the mission, and get information on pricing and travel.
Oh, and you read that right in the first paragraph! The teenage daughter of our NP will be our photographer, videographer, and publicist, as well as assisting the team in other ways. It’s sure to be a life-changing experience for everyone, but especially for this brave young lady.
Stay tuned for trip updates!
Interested in joining us for a mission in 2018? Your knowledge and expertise is needed! Please go to this link for information on the mission, travel, and costs:
Support the work of Healthy Villages, Inc. by purchasing one of these awesome scrubs tops, made in Ghana from Ghanaian batik fabric! Profits go to Healthy Villages, Inc., to buy medications for our missions.
10 great reasons why coming on a healthcare mission to Ghana in 2018 should be at the top of your to-do list:
1. Use your skills and professional expertise to improve the lives of those less fortunate. We treat around 1000 people during a mission – you will make a huge impact!
2. Share your knowledge with your colleagues here in Ghana – it’s a continuing education event for our Ghana-based staff!
3. Learn to recognize and treat tropical diseases you never encountered in your training. One day, you may get a patient from a tropical part of the world and know just what to do!
4. Experience life in a developing country – an eye-opening experience for everyone who volunteers with us. We will do our best to make your time with us comfortable and safe, and we’ll advise you on immunizations and medications to stay healthy while you’re here.
5. Learn about a different culture, try new foods, even learn a few words in the local language! Co-director Godfried loves to share the history of Ghana and West Africa, and will happily explain anything you wonder about cultural practices.
6. Support the work of Healthy Villages, Inc. and take a tax deduction – your payment is a donation to our organization from which we pay your travel costs, lodging, food, our staff, and medications for patients, and is fully tax deductible in countries recognizing U.S. registered non-profits.
7. Volunteer tourism options – we also lead short missions with most of your trip devoted to sightseeing in different areas of the country. Ghana is a beautiful country with a rich cultural heritage, and we will show you the best of it! These trips are fundraisers for Healthy Villages, Inc. and are also tax deductible.
8. Come as a volunteer, leave as family! – you’ll make friendships that will last a lifetime, having shared an amazing experience.
9. Share your experience with friends and family back home – you’ll be amazed how many people will support you, both financially and emotionally. They’ll look forward to your trip report when you return. Your volunteering will give them the chance to do some armchair travel, while knowing they supported a worthy cause. We’ll give you tips from successful fundraisers, too.
10. And finally, HAVE FUN! Even on our longer missions, we’ll take you to local sites of interest, open air markets where you can buy lots of beautiful handicrafts and souvenirs, to the beach, and more!
Interested in joining us for a mission in 2018? Your knowledge and expertise is needed! Please go to the following link for information on the missions, travel, and costs:
Support the work of Healthy Villages, Inc. by purchasing one of these awesome scrubs tops, made in Ghana from Ghanaian batik fabric! Profits go to Healthy Villages, Inc., to buy medications for our missions!
Follow this link to order: https://nurseborn.com/product/batik-scrub-tops/
Mark your calendars! November 14, 2018 is World Diabetes Day, a day set aside to raise awareness of this debilitating and life-threatening condition. Healthy Villages, Inc. is organizing a medical mission centered around diabetes detection, treatment, and prevention, taking place from November 3-15. This will be a general medical mission for all ages, male and female. Our hope is to test all adults’ blood sugar and provide all with elevated blood sugar with enough medication to last them until they can connect with their nearest health clinic for management of their illness.
In our population of patients, high blood sugar and high blood pressure seem to go hand in hand – together they’re truly a silent killer. Most people are unaware they have these conditions. Getting regular medical care is a challenge for poor people living in rural or remote areas, and many people would rather not know the diagnosis because they believe they have no way to treat it. Our Ghana-based medical staff will help them get on Ghana’s national health care and make a referral to a clinic where they can be further assessed and treated for both of these dangerous conditions.
Another diabetes-related issue concerns nutrition awareness. The normal diet here in Ghana is centered around large amounts of carbohydrates and little protein. Additionally, heavy drinking particularly amongst men contributes to carbohydrate overload (not to mention damage to the pancreas). Meeting the patient where they’re at and encouraging small, step by step changes is so important to long-term diabetes treatment.
Interested in joining us for this mission? Your knowledge and expertise is needed! Please go to the following link for information on the mission, travel, and costs:
Support the work of Healthy Villages, Inc. by purchasing one of these awesome scrubs tops, made in Ghana from Ghanaian batik fabric! Profits go to Healthy Villages, Inc., to buy medications for our missions! (available in five beautiful colors!)