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Finding Purpose in a Medical Trip to Ghana

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Tomorrow I will make my second medical trip to Ghana with Dr. John Neeld; Nancy Manley, WHNP; Amanda Potter, RN; and others from GhanaHope, a local non-profit organization.

Our mission: To help improve the quality of health care for women and families at New Abirem Hospital in New Abirem, Ghana. The hospital has no washing machine, no food services for patients, limited electricity and cribs for children to sleep in. People bring their own linens and food.

Medication, supplies and training

We will be bringing medications and supplies to help improve the level of medical care and quality of life. And we will spend the week teaching people of New Abirem about how to best care for themselves.

On my last trip a year ago, I saw women waiting for hours and hours for care in extremely difficult conditions with limited equipment.

Honored to provide care

The opportunity to be part of making a tiny difference in Ghana is most exciting – a chance to truly do something that would give my life a purpose beyond my imaginings. I feel honored to be able to provide care to people in Ghana.

I also feel honored to be going with others who have the same sense of purpose. As soon as I knew it was a reality I felt giddy with what we would be able to do. I felt I was living a dream come true. I know with this sense of purpose I can overcome whatever challenges come during our visit.