For 11 senior nursing students, the new year will begin 5,000 miles away in Ghana, West Africa.
The Nursing Students Without Borders group, led by Asst. Prof. Valerie King, will leave on Jan. 2 and spend its winter break delivering care, supplies and compassion to villagers in the Volta region.
Chancellor Marty Meehan recently presented the students with a $1,000 check to help fund the purchase of medical supplies and defray travel costs.
“I am extremely proud and thankful to all of you who are giving your time during winter break to share your knowledge with the people of Ghana to help them live healthier lives,” said Meehan. “I am sure that you will learn as much from them as they will from you.”
The students will conduct blood pressure clinics and teach workshops on disease prevention in impoverished villages.
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They will also visit clinics, orphanages and villages to deliver much-needed supplies ߝ everything from first aid equipment and medication to iron-enriched baby formula and hygiene products.
In addition to providing direct patient care, the group will have opportunities to:
- lecture at the Second Annual Nurses Conference in Ho and Accra;
- meet with faculty and fellow nursing students at the University of Ghana School of Nursing and the Korlebu School of Nursing;
- experience a Durbar, an official recognition ceremony from the villagers, with the chiefs and people of Peki and
- visit some historical and cultural sites in Ghana such as the Slave Castles at Cape Coast and other landmarks in Accra.
The students will return from their 17-day trip on Jan. 19.