10 Aug Community Health Outreach with HEPENS
Written by Sarindi Aryasinghe and Kali Burnell, 2014 West Africa: Global Health Program Leaders.
As we were finally getting accustomed to the city life and finding our groove, it was time to make moves. We tro-troed to Cape Coast on Sunday to begin our time with our partner HEPENS, where we would quickly adapt to the laid back atmosphere and environment of Cape Coast.
Our time was kicked off with discussions with Ghana health services and the national health insurance scheme. We gained valuable insight into the health system from a government stand point where health equality across the nation was emphasized. Kwamano was the first community in which we would work, we split into two groups. One group conducted a small clinic/outreach program taking blood pressure, weight for records, and consulting for positive, simple, and healthy lifestyle changes. Meanwhile, the other half of our team conducted surveys with the women involved in the Palm Oil Project.
We’ve learned a lot from the program, but also from team discussions. It has given us insight to developing and broadening our perspective on a healthier lifestyle.
Mad love from the Global Health crew.
P.S. Birthday wishes going out to Tanvi’s pal, Joanna, and Lindsay’s sis, Laura!