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SMYS Crafting Wellness in Ghana

SMYS Crafting Wellness in Ghana
December 15, 2016 No comments

by: Jiji Khasru
edited by: Lynn Pham

Would you immediately go to the hospital after burning your leg from a gunpowder explosion? How about after splitting your arm open? The idea of not seeking medical treatment for these injuries is unthinkable. We as Americans may not always appreciate our healthcare system but when it comes down to it, we know that we have the choice to seek medical care for ourselves through private insurance, The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and so on. I remember calling an ambulance for a homeless woman once after she had collapsed on the sidewalk. It took less than 10 minutes for the ambulance to arrive and treat the woman; no questions asked. It didn’t matter that the woman had nothing, her health was still valued by the medical professionals who fulfilled their duties without being concerned about her ability to pay. Unfortunately, many areas in the world like Ghana do not have the same access to healthcare.

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Healthy Villages, Inc., Show Me Your Stethoscope (SMYS), and the Ghana Health Service came together to provide medical care to Ghanaians in need. Five RNs, two NPs, and one much needed extra set of hands established base camp in Dogbekope Village. Within the course of five days, the medical professionals and their aid helped see over 200 people a day in four different nearby villages.

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It didn’t take long for the news of free medical care to spread throughout the villages. For the majority of these villagers, medical care is not an option. Not because clinics are too far of a distance, but simply because they cannot afford to spend money on their health. It comes down to this; should I pay for a medical visit or provide food and the basic necessities for myself and my family?

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Healthy Villages, Inc., Show Me Your Stethoscope (SMYS), and the Ghana Health Service set up areas for intake and vitals, exam rooms, and pharmacy every day for five days with donated medical supplies. Villagers lined up by the hundreds each day waiting for hours to be seen by one of the RNs or NPs. A young man who had not sought medical advice after severely burning his leg from a gunpowder explosion a week ago, an eight year old girl with severe asthma who could not afford her medication for the past month, and countless untreated cases of malaria were just a few of the ailments the team faced. As the mission came to an end, the team felt a sense of accomplishment, but that feeling was soon overpowered by the need to do more for the underserved in Ghana.

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Join us and help us empower healthcare workers like the ones serving in rural Ghana. One of the easiest ways to get involved is by simply purchasing any MDF Instrument during the month of December. You’ll take care of your holiday list and we’ll match each purchase with a donation to a clinician in need. Check out www.mdfinstruments.com/crafting-wellness and learn about more ways you can get create an impact!

If you would like to become involved, scope out SMYS’ site and opportunities to donate here: www.smysofficial.com

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