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Medical supplies requested for upcoming trip to Ghana, West Africa

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July 1st
Sarah Logan or Dr. Cynthia Swenson 843-693-2233

Dear students,
For over a year, you have probably seen the stunning photographs in the James E. Colbert Education Center -these photos are a "Portrait of a Village" in Ghana, West Africa, a country with rich historical roots with Charleston.

Again this summer, several faculty, staff, residents, nurses, students and community members will travel to this remote village of Okurase to join with Ghanaian health professionals to conduct another annual Village Health Outreach, among several other self-sustaining initiatives.

Last year's response to requests for scrubs and clothing was amazing, and we thank each and every one of you!

This year, we would like for you to consider donating any non-expired medical supplies or medications (must be good for at least one year), including any OTC medications and equipment, for example:

Pregnancy Tests
STI Test kits
Blood Pressure cuffs and stethoscopes
Infant scale
Child/adult scale
Tape measures (plastic coated to be able to wipe clean)
Clip Boards
Paper wrist bands to identify patients x 2000
2 cameras plus extra batteries
Cups to obtain urine samples
Urinalysis dip strips
Surgical gloves
Sharps Containers
Penlights (small, short ones) and batteries
Gauze squares 2 x 2 and 4 x 4 for dressings
Tongue blades (non-sterile and some sterile for dressings)
Vaseline impregnated gauzes (for dressings)
Kerlix (for wrapping dressings on extremities)
Dressing tape
Telfa pads (non stick pads for dressing wounds)
Small individual alcohol swabs
Cloth or paper sheets for covering up for privacy exams
Small Ziploc bags
Trash bags
Blankets for patients in shock
Saline flushes (bullets) or syringes and bottles of saline
Cotton tip applicators
Antibacterial soap
Battery operated personal fan (keeps flies off a newly cleaned wounds)
Small hand sanitizers
Shipping Tape
Triple antibiotic ointment
Lidocaine (and syringes/needles)
Keflex (cephalexin) 250 or 500 mg for infected large wounds
Small antibiotic ointment to send home with patients
Acetaminophen (adult)
Ibuprofen(adult and child syrup)
KY Jelly (for bi-manual pelvic exams)
Glucose tabs for hypoglylcemia
Calamine lotion
Savlon lotion

Thank you all for such great support, without it, we cannot do the extent of the work that we do!

We will be focusing on:
1) The Village Health Outreach (VHO), screening, treatment and surgeries (saw 1350 people in 2012).
2) The Kid's camp which will include teaching English, other educational activities, soccer (football) and songs with the kids.
3) Piloting the use of technology to link village children electronically with Charleston area classrooms
4) Collecting information for the background of grant applications (health, nutrition, sanitation, water)
5) Helping with building of the vocational school that is 60% complete and planning for start up of a medical center
6) Health education
7) Completion of a clean and safe water system that is in process via hiring Water Missions International

This remote village is home to 2,500 people, of whom 1,400 are children. This village has no clean water, lack of proper sanitation, limited medical care or educational opportunities, malnutrition, and food security issues. (See Photo Exhibit on 2nd floor of library).

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