Global Brigades Ghana

17/08/2012
27/08/2012
17/08/2012
27/08/2012
17/08/2012
27/08/2012
17/08/2012
27/08/2012
We set up a mobile unit in a local school in a village in Ghana to deliver general and oral healthcare.
Project start date: 17/08/2012
Project end date: 27/08/2012
Project year: 2012-2013
Project location: Africa
Target group: Adolescents aged 14 - 18
Project aim: 

Our aim was to work alongside the medical brigaders, in-country doctors, dentists and other staff to deliver healthcare to the people of the village, Narkwa. We will set up mobile care units in the village's local school  where we will diagnose and treat patients at no cost. we will deliver public health messages and plan future brigades to this village.

Project funding: 

The travel costs and the cost for the accomodation in Ghana was funded by myself. However with a lot of hard work we managed to get sponsors for the dental equipment, materials, personal protection equipment and medicines.

Educational value of project: 

This project was a highly rewarding experience and one which has given me so many skills and taught me many new things. To set up mobile clinics to deliver general medical and dental healthcare in a village that had never received an healthcare before was very difficult and required a lot of organisation and planning. We had to work in teams to achive our aims and goals and many nights of planning beforehand was neccessary to set this up. It was equally important for the whole team to pull together and each play our part to the success of this brigade. 

Due to the large number of patients that we were treating each day it was important to be flexible as well and help in the area that needs help. We worked alongside the local interpreters to communicate with the patients, whose first language was Fante. It was important to remember the skills and principles that we were taught here in the UK but to adapt them to a completely different setting in Ghana.

Project conclusion: 

The brigade was a great success and the community were extremely grateful for all the care we had given them. They were eager to learn about their health, prevention of disease and sanitation. It was particularly important for us to establish a good relationship with the community because this was the first brigade that had ever gone to the Narkwa community. We wanted to gain their trust in us and therefore in future brigaders. On arrival to the village we were received by a welcome parade and we spoke to the community (with the interpreters) about our aims and asked them what concerns they had. We also split into groups and went to people's houses and talked to them about what matters to them to get an understanding of their lifestyle and their priorities. This was a key reason in my opinion why the brigade was such a success as we were able to tailor the healthcare to their needs.