Medical Mission to Ghana
Organized by: Kaelyn Tooley
EVENT DATE Oct 10, 2015
Chris will now be joining us on our mission to help establish a clean drinking water program. He will be putting his industrial water treatment training to good use by evaluating the water source in 6 villages. Drinking water will be tested and practices modified with the goal of improving the Ghanaians health and minimizing recurrent illness. His goal is to set up a water collection system at the schools so that the local youth can be engaged and empowered to adopt healthy practices. 30% of the health threats seen by our medical mission crew are caused by unclean water.
We will be setting up mobile healthcare clinics in 6 remote areas of Ghana which will enable us provide medical help and education to a community that otherwise would go without. Villagers of all ages will be examined, treated, and educated on measures they can take to prevent common illnesses. Villagers who require more intensive treatments will be referred. The work of ASAP Inc. also includes bringing medications such as antibiotics and pain relievers as well as dressing supplies we will need to adequately care for common illnesses.
I will be utilizing my RN skills while also practicing my NP skills. Much of the donations will go toward traveling while in Ghana via bus, which will allow us to reach remote villages to treat people who otherwise would not see a doctor within their life time. Although the healthcare system is public, it is not accessible to many, resulting in a shortened life expectancy of 60 years.
To supplement ASAP's medical mission, a project called the Vulnerable Children's Program is conducted which addresses the special needs of this fragile population. The goal of this program is to collect school supplies, shoes, and toothbrushes to provide these susceptible children with the materials they need to stay healthy. In addition to providing supplies, the children are educated on wound care and oral hygiene.
Funds raised will provide medical staff with interpreters to aide in our communications with locals. Funds will also help cover overnight accommodations in dorms. Monies raised will provide funds for pre-travel vaccinations such as yellow fever and medications such as anti-malarial drugs, which are required for entering the country.