Health & Diabetes Screening
Our 2018 General Health Mission will serve poor villagers living in three remote villages in Ghana's Volta Region (southeast Ghana). Over the course of two days in each village, we will assess and treat around 350 to 400 patients, male and female, of all ages.
Our nurses take vital signs and triage the patients, referring them to our prescribers for a more in-depth exam, if warranted. Or, the patient may be tested for malaria or HIV if their presentation suggests the need.
A focus with our adult patients is screening for high blood pressure and diabetes. Hypertension and diabetes are major health issues in our area. We can provide the patient with one to two weeks' worth of medication and a referral to the nearest hospital clinic for follow up care.
We hope to expand our diabetes screening in 2018 to include all adult patients, as a way of assisting the Ghana Health Service in documenting the extent of this problem.
A consistent comment from our volunteers is how amazing it feels to pull together with other practitioners they've never met before, and in a challenging environment, provide patients with excellent care.
Thanks to donations from a variety of foundations who provide medicines to mission groups, as well as individual donations, we are able to prescribe treatment for a wide variety of health problems, completely free to our patients. Many people have been living with their condition for 10 or more years, unable to afford medical care or medicine. Our service to these remote villages is invaluable to the folks we see.
Once the patient has connected with one of our Ghana Health Services staff, they are more likely to follow up with continuing care.
Please see our blog about past missions to give you a flavor of what to expect when you volunteer with us!
Intervene and Save Lives
This man developed a small boil that was left untreated for several weeks before we came to his community. This is what it looked like when we treated him. The wound was badly infected and the man was very sick. Thanks to our intervention, and subsequent follow-up care from the local community health clinic, he was discharged a couple months later, fully recovered.
Another young man came to us with a severe burn in October 2016. We did what we could and gave him antibiotics and urged him to go immediately to the hospital. He returned in April 2017 to tell us that he followed up on our referral, and with minimal ongoing care, the burn healed. It's not pretty, but he can use his leg, and he's still alive.
There are lots more stories of lives saved! Join us and contribute to lifesaving care for the poor.