Medical Intervention & Treatment
This is an outreach medical mission serving three remote villages in Ghana's Volta Region (southeast Ghana). Female patients of all ages will be screened for health complaints, including testing for HIV, diabetes, and malaria.
Pregnancy testing will be offered, and pregnant women will receive prenatal vitamins for their entire pregnancy. Patients will be treated free of charge for most health problems and referred to the nearest hospital for conditions requiring ongoing monitoring.
We typically see 350-400 patients over two days in one community, with a day of rest and sightseeing between clinics.
Washable Menstrual Pads for Girls
As part of this mission, we will be distributing kits of washable menstrual pads to adolescent schoolgirls.
The lack of menstrual hygiene products amongst poor girls in developing countries has been shown to be a major factor in school dropout, teen pregnancy, early marriage, high birth rate, and unemployment. Washable cloth pads are one means of addressing these issues and empowering young women to a brighter future.
We are excited to be working with teams of women's sewing groups in the U.S., who are creating the kits and donating them toward this project.
Women's Health Education
We will be sharing information about women's health and reproductive health issues, menstruation, timing pregnancy through charting menstrual periods, birth control options, safe sex practices and HIV/STI prevention as part of this healthcare mission.
Information about these important issues is a current focus of the Ghana Health Service, and we will work with our GHS staff to develop and deliver these educational sessions in a culturally-appropriate way.
We will also survey recipients of the menstrual pad kits to determine the efficacy of our initiatives with an eye to broadening our reach in the future.