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Medical and Non-Medical Volunteers: Change a Life, Change Your Life, Be a Part of Project Okurase's Annual Village Health Outreach - Ghana, West Africa July 2014


July 1- - 22, 2014
Ghana, West Africa
Dr. Sarah L. Logan 843-693-2233

Change A Life, Change Your Life, Be a Part of Project Okurase's Annual Village Health Outreach - Ghana, West Africa July 2014:

Share your skills and learn new skills. Project OKURASE ( is holding an annual Village Health Outreach (VHO) in the rural village of Okurase, Ghana July 10-22. We welcome medical and nonmedical professionals, students, and anyone interested in working side-by-side Ghanaian professionals to provide health care and education directly in the village. You do not have to be medically trained to participate.

Professionals (including students and residents) in allied health, administration, pharmacy, pediatrics, family medicine, dermatology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, optometry and ophthalmology are particularly needed, as the focus areas are education, prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common disorders seen in the village including malaria, skin infections, GI and respiratory tract maladies, hypertension, chronic pain, eye infections or disorders, and wound care.

We also invite non-medical professionals to help fill many roles in this collaborative effort to improve the lives of the village residents. If you are interested in being a part of implementing a novel electronic system for on-site patient data collection and analysis, or you have great leadership and teamwork skills, this trip is for you!

This is a rural village with warm, welcoming people who are in a dire situation. They have no medical care, electricity only in a few buildings, not enough food, no toilets (indoor or out), little in the way of education for children. Children often die from measles and other small sicknesses. Malnutrition is very common. We have been working in this village for 7 years and have a solid relationship with the chief (a woman), elders, and residents. The people of the village mainly speak Twi and few speak any English. We do however have staff and volunteers there who are fluent in English.

If this opportunity piques your interest, please contact us! We will host an informational meeting in the near future. You will experience the real Ghana that is generally never experienced by tourists. This trip will change your life and connect you to others in a global context.

As we determine who is coming and look at skills and experience, we will shape the trip together with the village.

The trip includes a visit to Elmina slave castle to better understand the relationship between Charleston and West Africa, and a stay at Asaasi Yaa tropical beachfront resort in Kokrobite, Ghana. A few spaces are available with a commitment deadline of February 15th. For information contact Dr. Sarah Logan at Family Services Research Center -

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