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PURE PASSION FOUNDATION

Healthcare Delivery Supporter

Kumasi, Ghana

The objective of this project is to boost health delivery in Ghana especially to those living in less privileged areas.

Pure Passion Foundation provides medical internship opportunities to all medical lovers’ who wish to experience tropical medicine to spend time in hospitals, clinics, and communities to make huge impact in the Ghanaian society.

Ghana’s medical system is centered heavily in the two largest cities: Accra, the capital on the coast with about 2 million inhabitants, and Kumasi, with about 1 million citizens in the center of the country. Nevertheless, Ghana needs physicians and medical facilities in smaller towns where most of the population lives, but as elsewhere, it is hard to retain physicians in remote rural areas.

The Illnesses

While the practice of General Medicine is similar in principle to that in wealthier countries and the total range of illnesses is similar, some illnesses are seen in far greater measure than in developed countries. They include infections, particularly those common to tropical countries, trauma, and women’s health problems such as complications of pregnancy (specific examples of all these problems are detailed in the following article on the development of a particular General Medicine residency program in rural Ghana.

Infections

Infections are a primary reason for hospital visits and admissions. Malaria is rampant, and its burden is tremendous . Most malaria is treated easily with 3 days of pills distributed by the government , but many people acquire malaria repeatedly, and if untreated, it can be fatal. 

Trauma

Trauma comes from the same sources as in other countries, including home and work-related accidents, and violence, domestic and other. Much more trauma, however, comes from motor vehicle accidents, which are far more common in most developing countries than in the developed world. Ghana is no exception. The cause is a combination of poor road conditions, vehicle malfunction, and, mostly, less well-trained drivers with dangerous habits. Rules of the road are not well adhered to or enforced. Motor vehicle accidents generate the large majority of severe trauma cases in Ghana.

Women's Health

A disturbingly large percentage of emergency and critically ill patients are young women who are pregnant — and many from complications of botched abortions. Safe abortions cost approximately $25 in some private clinics, but this is prohibitive for many young women and their families. Various herbal concoctions may or may not produce miscarriages, but they also cause fulminant infections or even sepsis and subsequent scarring, obstructions, and child-bearing trauma. Early life mutilation produces similar anatomic barriers to healthy deliveries. Toxemia and eclampsia are common. Maternal mortality is high in West Africa, approximately 560/100,000 births in Ghana [10], but Ghana’s is one of the best rates in West Africa. Infant mortality is 61/1000 live births , but reliable statistics are difficult to determine and just beginning to be gathered, in part because most births occur at home.

Other Illnesses

Heart disease and cancer, so prominent in the developed world, certainly exist in West Africa, but they are not the major focus of the medical system. The acute presentation of coronary disease is relatively rare in rural hospitals, but the disease appears to be increasing rapidly and is being recognized much more nationwide. Asthma exists but is much less common than infectious illnesses of the lung, especially tuberculosis. Cancers tend to present late, often with gigantic masses, leaving little to offer.

Sickle cell disease causes some cases of severe anemia, including in very young children. In rural Ghanaian medical facilities, a hemoglobin of 5 to 6 (hematocrit 15 to 18) is considered a non-urgent, outpatient evaluation. Osteomyelitis is a very frequent complication of sickle cell disease, often requiring surgery to remove infected bone (a “sequestrectomy”), with long courses of antibiotics, or leading to crippling bone deformities to the point where it is common to see hobbled, indigent people on the streets of towns of any size.

The Project strives to educate people on various health issues, support and equip hospitals and clinics and also introduce volunteers to tropical healthcare delivery.

Pure Passion Foundation provides volunteers the opportunity to enhance their  global perspective on medicine and support the provision of basic medical care, hygiene campaigns and healthcare education.

Volunteers embark on series of community outreaches in different locations in Ghana. 

Volunteers are  placed in different hospitals in the country to assist medical professionals at different departments.

Volunteers work alongside healthcare professionals at the frontline of promoting better health and wellbeing outcomes within communities.

Health Volunteers work within their communities to promote important topics such as nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene, and water sanitation. 

Volunteers also work in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs, where they train youth as peer educators, provide support to children orphaned by the disease, and create programs that provide emotional and financial support to families and communities affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Included in the outreaches are: health education and screening on topics such as hypertension, HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal healthcare, food and nutrition, diabetes, general hepatitis B screening and vaccination etc. 

Volunteers can bring special equipments that aid and improve better healthcare delivery.

Volunteering requires a commitment to hard work, but it is truly an exhilarating and rewarding experience. 

In order to make our world a better place, it takes an army of devoted volunteers with diverse backgrounds and interests to come together for one Mission: to prevent pain and alleviate suffering

Typical day

First Day: On the first day of volunteering, volunteers will be escorted to their placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff they will be working with. 

A typical daily schedule would be as follows:

08:30 All volunteers leave volunteer house together in pre-booked taxis/vans arranged by the support team.

08:45 Group arrive in town for breakfast and to buy lunch/drinks for your lunch as many project locations do not have shops or cafes.

09:00 / 09:30 Hospital, clinic or community health center work starts.

12:00 Lunchtime or volunteers supervise and play with the children.

13:00 Work begins.

14:00 The taxis/vans travel round the project sites to collect the volunteer group and transfer to town.

14:30/15:00 Eat lunch/dinner in town or buy meal to cook at volunteer house later as preference.

16:30 Volunteers take taxis together back to volunteer house.

17:30 / 18:00 Volunteers all back at volunteer houses to relax, eat, watch TV and plan the next day’s activities.

Details on Arrival

Volunteers can join the program throughout the year.
Generally speaking, you can start on any day. 
When you apply, you will specify the start and end dates. 

Free-time activities

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually just relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local town and Ghana. Long weekends can be taken to travel further afield such as Cape Coast or other Western African countries. If volunteers wish to volunteer over the weekends they can join local teams and visit other orphanages (or other children helping organizations) to spend time simply playing with and entertaining the children

Ghana is known for diverse wildlife, old forts and secluded beaches, such as at Busua. Coastal towns Elmina and Cape Coast contain posubans (native shrines), colonial buildings and castles-turned-museums that serve as testimonials to the slave trade. North of Cape Coast, vast Kakum National Park has a treetop-canopy walkway over the rain forest..

SCENIC & NATURAL BEAUTY

Come and see with your own eyes the scenic beauty which Ghana is blessed. Exceptional hiking can be found at Umbrella Rock, the Tanoboase Sacred Grove or to the top of Ghana's tallest peak at Mount Afadjato. Less strenuous options include highland or traditional villages, lush forest hikes, or visiting any of our abundant waterfalls.

Whether it be sahelian savannah, virgin forests, unique sandstone erosions, picturesque highland villages, or lagoons, lakes and rivers - Ghana has an abundance of scenic adventures for you to experience

BEACHES

Ghana faces the Atlantic Ocean and is blessed with some of the world's most untouched beaches, pristine clarity in the water and beautiful white sands. While there are many beach resorts along the coast in all budget ranges, many beaches are not developed and are mainly used for fishing by the local people. 

KAKUM NATIONAL PARK

Located just north of Cape Coast, Kakum National Park is a 357km² national park consisting of undisturbed coastal forest and is also home to an amazing rainforest canopy walkway. This canopy walkway consists of six tree platforms that reach the height of 30 meters above the forest floor. It is one of only a dozen or so such walkways in the world, and is the only canopy walkway in Africa.

ASHANTI KINGDOM

The Ashanti region, "Land of the Golden Stool", is the cultural heartbeat of Ghana and rich in history and tradition.

Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city, is the regional capital of the Ashanti region. Features of the city include the West Africa's largest outdoor market, Kejetia Market, the National Cultural Centre, the Okomfo Anokye Sword and Manhiya Palace, dating from 1925, now a museum.

In the nearby surrounding area are numerous craft villages, historic sites and shrines, bird and butterfly sanctuaries, and Lake Bosumtwi, Africa's largest meteorite impact lake.

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/Music
Diving/Snorkling
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and French (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
Health at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at PURE PASSION FOUNDATION are happy to help you.

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Airport Pickup at Kumasi Airport
Free Airport pick ups and free Return Airport Transfers - One of our representatives will be waiting for you at the airport, holding a sign with your name on it.
Accommodation

We have three options of highly secured accommodation for volunteers; volunteer house, hostel facility and host family. 

Any of the accommodation type is a well selected place with all the basic amenities you required, there is 24/7 flow of clean water, electricity supply, high level of security, easy accessibility to the main road, etc.

You will share large room with at least one other volunteer or at most 3 other volunteers. You will find enough space for socializing. There is easy access to local swimming pools.

Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kumasi Airport (KMS) in Kumasi. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ghana.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ghana provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Ghana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ghana.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$80.00
2 weeks
$150.00
3 weeks
$200.00
4 weeks
$300.00
5 weeks
$400.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$804.00
Average fees
$74.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kumasi/Ghana between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. PURE PASSION FOUNDATION will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Ghana.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with PURE PASSION FOUNDATION during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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