International Volunteer Opportunities Details

Details for Asikuma, Ghana

July 1-31

PROGRAM DETAILS

Unite For Sight volunteers work with the eye clinic at Our Lady of Grace Hospital. This program is led by ophthalmologist Dr. Thomas Baah of Our Lady of Grace Hospital. The eye clinic's staff and Unite For Sight volunteers provide screening outreach programs in remote rural villages, and patients with cataracts and eye disease receive eye care at the clinic. The team of ophthalmic nurses and Unite For Sight volunteers are transported on a van to the villages during the morning, and they return to Asikuma Breman in the late afternoon. In the villages, patients receive an examination, diagnosis, eyeglasses, medication, and treatment. Patients requiring ophthalmic care and surgery are transported from the villages to Dr. Baah's Our Lady of Grace Hospital.

Volunteers assist the ophthalmic nurses in all aspects of the eye care programs. They take patient history, test visual acuity, assist the ophthalmic nurse with the examination, distribute medication and eyeglasses prescribed by the ophthalmic nurse, and help with the coordination of patient surgeries. Volunteers observe Dr. Baah's eye surgeries in the operating theatre at the eye clinic.

In addition to being the only eye surgeon for the Asikuma Breman region, Dr. Baah is also a practicing general surgeon. Volunteers often have opportunities to observe Dr. Baah's other surgeries such as C-sections.

Asikuma is located 2.5 hours from Accra.

Volunteers lodge in a bungalow with 2-3 bedrooms on the hospital premises. Daily expenses are approximately $10/day.

Upon arrival in Ghana, volunteers will receive Orientation and Training in Accra and lodge for 1-2 days at the Telecentre Bed and Breakfast, which costs $15/day for double occupancy, or $25/day for single occupancy. Food expenses are approximately $10/day. Volunteers will then proceed to Asikuma.

This program is suitable to anyone 18 years and older who has an interest in international service and health. Volunteers range from gap year students, undergraduate students, and medical students to public health students, public health professionals, nurses, educators, opticians, ophthalmology residents, ophthalmologists, and others.

Ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents have an opportunity to receive training from Dr. Baah in SICS. Ophthalmologist volunteers work daily with Dr. Baah to provide ophthalmic care.

VIDEO PRESENTATIONS, FILMS, AND NARRATIVES ABOUT UNITE FOR SIGHT'S PROGRAM IN ASIKUMA BREMAN

--CNN Feature Video: Working With Dr. Baah in Asikuma Breman, Ghana

--CNN Feature Video: Volunteering With Unite For Sight in Asikuma Breman, Ghana.

--Video: Yale student Jackie Madison Discusses Volunteering With Unite For Sight in Asikuma.

--Video: Unite For Sight volunteer Samantha Diamond (Yale University Student) Discusses Volunteering in Asikuma Breman, Ghana, during Summer 2007.

--Unite For Sight in Ghana has been featured weekly on CNN International during Fall 2007. Click here to view the videos.

--CNN Feature Video: Yale Assistant Dean discusses student experiences in the Unite For Sight program.

--Click here to view a 9-minute video about Unite For Sight's programs in Ghana.

--Video: At Unite for Sight's Third Annual International Health Conference at Yale University in April 2006, Unite For Sight partner ophthalmologists Dr. James Clarke (Accra, Ghana), Dr. T. Senthil (Chennai, India), and Dr. Seth Wanye (Tamale, Ghana) discussed eye care needs and Unite For Sight programs in their countries. Click here to view the 20-minute session and learn more about volunteering with Unite For Sight in Ghana.

--video: A film about the impact of Unite for Sight's programs in Ghana. This film was produced by a Unite For Sight volunteer.

--Video: Unite For Sight Patients in Ghana Discussing Their Restored Sight

--Video: Aron Rose, MD, Discusses Volunteering Abroad With Unite For Sight.

--Video: At Unite for Sight's Fourth Annual International Health Conference at Stanford University on April 14, 2007, a panel discussion was organized to discuss urgent global eye care needs. Click here to view this 1-hour panel discussion with Unite For Sight's partner Ghanaian and Indian ophthalmologists, partner eye clinic staff, and Medical Advisors.

--Video: A Unite For Sight patient in Ghana discusses his happiness about having his sight restored.

--Video: Margaret Duah-Mensah, an ophthalmic nurse at Crystal Eye Clinic, provides eye care in Unite For Sight's rural outreach programs. In this online presentation, Margaret discusses community-based outreach programs in Ghana.

--Video: Presentation by Asikuma Breman ophthalmologist Dr. Baah about eye care in Ghana.

WHAT ASIKUMA BREMAN ALUMNI VOLUNTEERS SAY
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Ghana

  • There are an estimated 45 million blind people and 135 million visually impaired people worldwide.
  • 80% of blindness is preventable or curable.
  • There are 48 qualified optometrists in Ghana, with 1 optometrist per 396,000 people.
  • There are 43 ophthalmologists in Ghana, with 1 ophthalmologist per 442,000 people.
  • Some regions, such as Tamale, have 1 ophthalmologist per 2 million people.
  • Around 50% of blindness in sub-Saharan Africa is due to cataract.
  • Approximately 7.1% of the world's blind people live in sub-Saharan Africa