Healthy Villages, Inc. and our work
Our organization is currently focusing on bringing healthcare to the Volta Region of Ghana (southeastern Ghana). Most of our work is with general medical care. In our first year of organizing healthcare missions, we were able to facilitate care for over 2000 poor villagers living in remote areas.
We would now like to extend our work to include dental and vision care for the residents of these impoverished villages. People in these areas cannot afford even the most basic medical care, and their vision and dental needs go unaddressed.
Please see the following sections to learn more!
In 2016, we hosted a dental hygienist who volunteered her services in our home village. She trained the local Community Health Specialists to do a brief dental exam, treat tooth decay and gum disease with silver nitrate solution, and apply fluoride treatment to the children's teeth. We were also able to provide each person with toothpaste and a toothbrush. These simple and brief interventions helped hundreds of people.
In 2018, we would like to offer these basic dental interventions to other villages in the area. Also, our goal is to have a DDS work alongside the dental surgeon in the nearest dental clinic to perform tooth extractions. Poor villagers now rely on a "traditional dentist" who travels village to village, pulling decayed teeth under less than sanitary conditions.
The Ghana Health Services dental surgeon remarked to us that he sees the need for dental outreach to the villages, but because he is the only dental surgeon over a large geographical area, he can't leave the clinic. So we'll bring the patients to him instead!
Vision screening and glasses
On all our outreach missions, we hear people expressing their need for eyeglasses. Good vision is important for everyone, but especially for the schoolchildren. Free vision exams and glasses would be a real blessing to the villagers of this region. We can also provide antibiotic eye drops for simple eye infections.
Patients with cataracts, possible glaucoma, or other serious eye conditions can be referred to the nearest eye clinic for follow up care. Our missions include a Ghana Health Service physician, who can discuss options for care with the patient.
Another benefit of our outreach missions is that the patients meet their local Community Health Specialist (sometimes for the first time) and develop a relationship with a health provider who can continue their care or make appropriate referrals.
Join us in 2018 for the chance to bring the gift of good vision to those in need.