Starting my graduate degree in public health has opened my eyes to how much work is yet to be done to create access to the healthcare that every individual deserves. I have decided to take a break from my traditional schooling and get out in the world to make a difference, and I will be spending the month of April volunteering at Margo Maternity Clinic in Ghana and other parts of Africa, as well as with the The Human Compassion Organization, a home for children who are infected with HIV/AIDS or have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.
During April, I will be volunteering in Ghana and other parts of Africa with an organization called Global Crossroad. I've been given the opportunity (and privilege) to make a difference firsthand with the skills and knowledge I've developed studying public health. This will be the learning experience of a lifetime, and I know that my training will be put to great use.
Before I leave for Ghana and other parts of Africa , I'd like to gather donations that I can present to the Magro Maternity and Health Center, where I will be volunteering during the month of April. They are resource poor, and your donations will be put to extremely good use, going directly to medical supplies- such as latex gloves- that are sorely needed. Any amount helps, big or small :)
WHAT WE NEED
My travel and living expenses are already paid for, but I hope to gather contributions for basic medical supplies. The Magro Maternity and Health Center is located in Kasoa, approximately 45 miles from the capital city of Accra. The center needs latex hand gloves, testing kits, medical equipment, and much more.
According to Partners in Health, about 800 women die in pregnancy and childbirth worldwide each day, primarily in developing countries, and the main cause of death is lack of skilled healthcare.
No matter how much money I raise, ALL of it will be going directly to the clinic. Any amount helps, as basic medical supplies are in short supply.I will be providing updates as often as I can on my experiences in Ghana and other parts of Africa , and the patients I see in the health center.
Magro Maternity and Health Center provides healthcare to more than 20,000 local residents. The clinic sees up to 70 patients per day, mostly pregnant women and children, and employs approximately 15 permanent staff. Magro Health Center is a small clinic, with one general counseling room, one recovery room, one delivery room, and five wards with beds. The majority of patients are there for maternity and general health check-ups. Patients are treated for malaria, fever, malnutrition, cough, and dysentery.
Many of the health conditions that affect Ghanians and take lives are purely preventable- the problem is lack of funds and resources. A big part of my job will also be helping to educate the nurses and staff on preventative measures, including the use of latex gloves and hand washing, as well as other hygiene issues. My goal is to ensure that they are providing the best medical care that they can, which is why your contributions are so important.
With your help, together we can help raise the funds to supply the clinic with basic health supplies and equipment to save lives and increase overall health of patients.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
If you are unable to contribute at this time, or even if you can, please help me get the word out. Let's give this clinic a contribution unlike any it has seen before! Share my page on Facebook or through email; whatever form of sharing you think appropriate.
Together we can make a difference! I'll donate my time; you can help me get the people of Kasoa, Ghana and other parts of Africa , the medical supplies they need.
My deepest gratitude, and the gratitude of the patients at the clinic, will be your reward. Thank you for your generosity and kindness, it will go a long way! Thank you!