Location: Ashanti Region, Ghana
Size: 9,417 square miles
There were two main goals for Project C.U.R.E.’s mission trip: one was to strengthen the local health care system by working with patients and referring them to area medical professionals; the second goal was to provide the villages of Ntotroso, Kenyasi 2, Tutuka, and Wamahinasu with basic primary care and patient education.
Date: November 2016
Founded in 1987, Project C.U.R.E. distributes high-quality medical supplies and provides medical care to resource-limited communities worldwide via its medical professional volunteers.
Team members included 8 nurses, 1 MD, 1 NP, 1 EMT, and 4 non-medical volunteers, plus 2 local doctors and a team of 15 local student nurses who worked alongside Project C.U.R.E.’s volunteers to provide translation as well as learn from the team.
Each person came from a different background which made the team versatile and effective in treating patients. Included in the team was a cardiologist, labor and delivery nurses, ER nurses, a home care nurse, a pediatric nurse, a retired teacher and a water supplies manager. Two of the non-medical volunteers were Peace Corp members who had lived and worked in Ghana.
Within four days, more than 1,700 patients were served. Project C.U.R.E.’s team of volunteers treated people for parasitic and fungal diseases as well as acute and chronic bacterial infections. The most prevalent conditions were hypertension, eye dryness, and chronic body pain. The team’s doctors and nurses worked with each patient, educating them on how to take their medicines and how to manage pain by using proper body mechanics.
What was extraordinary about this trip was not so much the volume of the patients that were seen, but rather the great care and attention that was given to each patient that came through Project C.U.R.E.’s four-day series of clinics.
One woman cried tears of happiness because she had been fitted for a pair of reading glasses. She had not been able to read from her bible for the past two years. Now that she had received reading glasses, she would be able to read it again.
Overall, the sense of gratefulness from the people of Ghana was unforgettable. The people at the clinics and in the villages seemed to truly appreciate Project C.U.R.E.’s presence. While healthcare in Ghana is a work in progress, the local nursing students the team was able to work with gave hope that the future of healthcare in Ghana is in competent hands.
Photos provided by Project C.U.R.E