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Project Okurase

(Make a Difference)

July 10, 2014 is our leave date!
Dr. Cindy Swenson or Linda Norton 843-876-1802, 843-991-4344

Have you seen the photo exhibit "Portrait of a Village" in the library?

Very soon many of our fellow MUSC staff, students, and faculty (and families!) will be returning to the village of Okurase, and we are asking for your support to make our trip a success.

Another group of courageous and energetic volunteers from MUSC and the Charleston community head to Okurase in Ghana, West Africa for the annual Village Health Outreach in July!

Your donations are key in our efforts to help the Okurase people (see below for details about the village)! Many of these items can be purchased rather inexpensively, and every little bit helps! Please consider donating any of the following non-expired over the counter, and basic supplies:

Over-the-counter (OTC) meds/other supplies:
- Vaseline/KY
- Alcohol swabs
- Tylenol/acetaminophen - Infant, Child, and Adult
- Motrin/Ibuprofen - Infant, Child, and Adult
- Triple antibiotic ointment/cream
- Glucose tabs
- Calamine lotion

Basic Supplies:
- Exam gloves, cotton rounds, tongue blades
- Tissues, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes
- Debriders
- Biohazard bags, sharps containers, etc
- Digital Thermometers and Forehead thermometers
- Scales(general, and infant/child)
- Urinalysis dip strips / test kits
- Glucometers and glucose strips
- Penlights for examinations (and batteries)
- Otoscopes
- Ophthalmoscopes
- Skin calipers
- Tweezers and scalpels
- Other medical care supplies

Wound care supplies:
- Gauze (assorted sizes), dressing tape, telfa pads, etc
- Bandaids (all/any sizes/shapes)
- Saline flushes (bullets), Saline solution
- Sterilized cotton-tipped applicators
- Antiseptic creams, solutions, etc

See photo exhibit of Okurase, 2nd floor of Colbert Education Center, "Portrait of a Village". This remote village is home to 3,000 people, of whom 1,400 are children. They struggle with day to day living, lack of proper sanitation, limited medical care or educational opportunities, malnutrition, and food security issues. At the Village Health Outreach, we work in partnership with local Ghanaian physicians and nurses to support the health of the village with a focus on malaria, malnutrition, skin problems, eye problems, hypertension, pain management, GI disorders and wound care.

As we establish more collection/drop-off locations, you can find donation boxes in the 135 Cannon Street Building (other drop-off and pick up locations can be arranged).

In addition:

1. Items can be dropped off at the Family Services Research Center, 176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 104, between the hours of 8am and 4pm. (for help with directions to this location contact Ann Ashby at 843-876-1800)


2. Call Linda Norton at 843-991-4344 or email at to arrange a pick up time and location that is convenient for you.

If you prefer to make a tax deductible monetary donation to help us to buy medication in Ghana mail a check made out to Project OKURASE to:

176 Croghan Spur Road, Suite 104
Charleston, SC 29407

Medaase! (Thank you)

Linda M Norton
Executive Director
Project OKURASE, Inc.

171 Ashley Avenue · Charleston SC 29425 · (843) 792-2300