Having wanted to volunteer for a few years, I have decided that 2020 will finally be the year I do! Before I start studying midwifery at uni, I will be travelling to Ghana in the summer for four weeks where I’ll be volunteering in a local hospital. This is one of the biggest opportunities I’ve had and I want to make the most out of it before pursuing my future career. All donations will be greatly appreciated and make it much more affordable for me. I’ve attatched some information on the charity I will be volunteering with and why their work is important below.
PMGY’s Medical volunteers programme in Ghana offers a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand experience and insight into the Ghanian health care system. Learn from local staff and get involved in supporting them. Access to healthcare in Ghana has improved dramatically since the introduction of the National Health Insurance Act in 2003. However, the healthcare system in Ghana still faces a number of challenges, particularly in rural areas. The large majority of patients arrive due to illnesses related to poor sanitation. Malaria is also a huge issue and remains the cause of many deaths and illnesses. In addition, HIV/AIDS continues to harm the lives of so many Ghanaians. Many of the major causes of death and serious illness are avoidable. The work of the healthcare system in Ghana is not only to treat immediate cases but also educate the local communities in preventative measures