Each year, Auburn College of Nursing travels to Ghana to deliver healthcare with undergraduate students and community partners who are interested in Global Health. The program is partnered with Auburn University Outreach Global Office and the local government in the Ghana regions. There are on average 10 students who attend along with AU nursing, pharmacy, and social work faculty and the AU Office of Outreach Global. Students in this program will provide free healthcare to residents in rural, underserved areas located in the cities of Cape Coast, Sekondi-Takoradi and Accra. The students develop portable clinics and offer free eye exams with free eyeglasses, ear exams, blood pressure and complete vital signs screenings, blood glucose screenings, urinalysis, height and weight, patient education, and free medications for children and adults from birth to old age. The program occurs before and through mid-Spring Break and has served over 3000 residents since 2018.
Benefits for students include:
· Improvement in their ability to provide culturally sensitive care.
· Apply nursing leadership skills in an interprofessional setting while providing care.
· Gain knowledge about another culture, a developing country, and health care needs in this country.
· Ability to provide nursing care as well as collaborate with nurses, nursing students, physicians, and pharmacists from the area.
· The opportunity to develop lasting relationships with families of African culture.
If you are interested in knowing more, please contact the project director, Dr. Valarie Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Christopher Martin at email@example.com