C.U.R.E. Clinics - Ghana
About the Trip
In collaboration with Newmont Mining Corporation, Project C.U.R.E. seeks to make a positive impact on the healthcare availability in the local Ghanaian communities where these companies work. While working in the communities of Ahafo or Akyem, you will have the opportunity to work with and treat patients of every age and from nearly every walk of life. Programs in Ghana focus evolve and change each year to support and strengthen local healthcare systems. Here is how they have evolved:
2015: Provide primary care clinics to assess need
2016: Provide primary care clinics alongside local healthcare workers, mentor local nursing students through each C.U.R.E. Clinic station and make referrals to local health care facilities for continuity of care
2017: Provide Health Fair Clinics to provide patients with health screenings and educations; provide vitamins and de-worming for all patients; refer patients to local health care facilities with their diagnosis from basic screenings and labs
2018: Provide Health Fair Clinics to provide patients with health screenings and education;provide vitamins and de-worming for all patients; refer patients to local health care facilities with their diagnosis from basic screenings and labs - The 2017 Health Fair Clinics were a big success! We will repeat and update the training.
Make new friends, learn more about local cultures and embark on the adventure of a lifetime, all while influencing and improving the local healthcare systems. This trip is not one to be missed!
About the Health Fair Clinic
The Health Fair Clinic will include: intake, vitals, testing (glucose, rapid urinary, pregnancy malaria), vitamins and de-worming, patient educations (malaria prevention and treatment, hypertension education and treatment, stretching and pain managment), wound care, reading glasses and a limited pharmacy.
We are looking for 18-24 volunteers to help run our health fairs! Doctors, nurses, PA's, NP's, physical therapists, EMT's, medical students and non-medical volunteers are encouraged to apply! We are able to use a variety of skill sets to run this health fair clinic. We aim to see over 500 patients a day with this model!
About the Country
The Republic of Ghana is located in western Africa along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, and was the first African nation to declare independence from its European colonizers. Ghana’s high standard of education and ideal geographic location has allowed it to develop quickly and create a multitude of trade and other international relationships. The country itself is highly developed and works to balance its rapid development with the preservation of its rich natural landscape.
Ahafo and Akyem are located in central Ghana near the Brong-Ahafo region, which is known for its agriculture, cocoa production and wildlife attractions. A hub of Ghanaian culture, this region is bordered by water features to the north and east and boasts many nature preserves and other natural attractions. The region is home to several of Ghana’s many institutions of higher education.
About the Program Cost
Your tax-deductible donation to participate on a Project C.U.R.E. Clinics Trip to Ghana is $750. This program cost covers all accommodations, meals, clean water, and transportation once in-country, including internal airfare, buses/cars/taxies, fuel costs, drivers, tips, and boats/ferries (when applicable). Program costs also include the coverage of translators, medications, C.U.R.E. Kits, Kits for Kids, travel and evacuation insurance, Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the State Department, visa fees, medical license transfer procedures, departure travel packet with Project C.U.R.E. t-shirt, and all associated shipping costs. Additionally, tour guides and small touristic excursions and activities are included. Please note alcohol, internet access, laundry, and personal souvenirs are not covered in the program cost.
You will have the opportunity to arrange your own international airfare to and from Ghana. The team leader will meet you in the baggage claim area of the Accra (Kotoka) International Airport (ACC), and from there you will travel together to your accommodations. Find suggested flight itineraries here. Should you prefer Project C.U.R.E to arrange your international airfare and trip in full, this is available for a surcharge of $100, in addition to the cost of airfare. Be sure to notify us if you would prefer this option.
Sample Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Accra and meet the rest of the team at the baggage claim before heading to the in-country housing. Chat and get to know the rest of your colleagues over dinner in the city before turning in for a good night’s sleep after a long day of travel.
Day 2: Wakeup early and enjoy breakfast at the compound. Set off with the team to explore Accra and take in the unique lifestyle of Ghana’s capital city. Visit the older historic parts of the city as you revel in the local culture. Experience the tastes, scents, and sights that make Accra one of the world’s most bustling and developing cities that seems to concurrently preserve its history and heritage. After a day of beginning to know the new country, rest up back at the compound in the evening.
Day 3: After a tasty breakfast, hop on the bus as the team makes its way to the first clinic site. Don’t forget to take in the natural beauty of the Ghanaian countryside as you enjoy lunch along the road. Upon arrival in the Ahafo region, you will begin to experience and integrate into the local community. In the evening, work with the team to create a gameplan so that the next few days of work run smoothly.
Day 4: The first day of the hard work begins! Be prepared to run general medical clinics and health workshops, where people from across the region will travel to receive your medical support. Participate actively in teaching, testing, and engaging with locals. Clinic participants range from tribal elders to the youngest of children. As you bring hope and health, you will learn much about their own local way of life. Recuperate and relax in the evening with the team while sharing stories of your first day on the job.
Day 5: After a hearty breakfast, journey to the clinic site once again to continue the work from the previous day. Help local health centers setup their new equipment and assist in providing much needed health support to locals suffering from ailments ranging from backaches to coughs. This will be the final day at this specific site, so be sure to take in all the sites and scenery.
Day 6: Another day, another exciting clinic! This time, you will travel to another area of the Ahafo region to provide healthcare and assistance to a different group of local communities. Don’t forget your cheery disposition and smile, as you experience more of the lush and vibrant geography and culture. You may even be received as guests of honor by the village leaders and get to participate in traditional ceremonies!
Day 7: Return to work for one final day of clinic. Continue to engage with and explore local traditions and the hidden gems in the local community. During the last day of the clinic, you will meet even more individuals with their own stories to share. That evening, celebrate your success in the field and enjoy a restful last night of sleep in the Ghanaian countryside.
Day 8: An early start back on board the bus takes you back to Accra. Bring all your belongings with you, as the bus will take you directly to the airport. Before boarding your flight home, be sure to pack your new memories of Western Africa in your carry-on so that they don’t get lost! Relax as the plane takes off and relish the massive undertaking of healthcare that your hard work helped accomplished!
Since the first Project C.U.R.E Clinics trip to Ghana in October 2006, volunteers have returned to continue assisting the local Ghanaian communities on many C.U.R.E. Clinics occasions.
See photos from previous trips by clicking on a trip below!