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.