Ghana, located in West Africa, has a long and rich cultural history and is considered one of the most stable and democratic countries in Africa. With strong political and economic systems, vibrant cities, and friendly people, Ghana is the perfect gateway for a colorful, cultural experience in Africa.
For the first 5 weeks, you will join local medical professionals in the historic Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital in Ghana’s capital, Accra. This experience will allow you to see up-close how these professionals provide care in a resource-poor environment. Witness firsthand how social and economic conditions continue to impact the health of children, with malaria, anemia, and malnutrition the leading contributors to childhood morbidity in Ghana.
For the last 5 weeks, students will be based in the historical coastal city of Cape Coast, famous for its tropical beaches and historic sites, including a string of coastal slave trade forts and castles dating back to the 17th century. You will rotate at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital-a general hospital serving as the main referral hospital for the whole coastal region. Learn and work alongside medical professionals, in various departments of the hospital. You will have the opportunity to visit clinics, outpatient departments, and areas such as the Emergency services. Attend the clinical and mortality meetings; be involved in the management of cases on the ward, general ward rounds, clinical case discussions, and various other activities in the different departments. Students will experience healthcare at the tertiary level and understand how the dynamic Ghanaian health system works overall.
During this program you will learn about endemic diseases, such as tuberculosis, cholera, typhoid fever, and HIV/AIDS, and gain an understanding of the challenges local professionals face in providing care. Through additional visits to small community health centers in the coastal region, participants will learn about local public health initiatives that provide sex education and family planning services.
NOTE: Rotation availability depends on local conditions. All rotations are subject to change depending on local availability and general Ghanaian holidays. Local coordinators will try and make alternate arrangements if a particular activity or facility is not available during the program month. Restrictions may apply for pre-clinical, and pre-medical students.
CFHI programs are not episodic volunteer experiences, and are not designed to provide service to those who would otherwise not have healthcare. The learning objectives for interns with CFHI are:
- Develop a larger sense of cultural competency
- Observe and develop existing clinical skills
- Broaden public health knowledge
- Develop creativity in problem-solving
- Deepen their commitment to service
- Promote medical supply conservation