AUGUST 2019 MEDICAL HUMANITARIAN TRIP TO TOGO, WEST AFRICA
Team Togo worked in 6 villages in the Badou and Kara areas. With the Togolese Ministry of Health requesting us to provide more help on health education, we spent the mission teaching the locals about the following topics:
Hand washing and tooth brushing
Basic first aid
High Blood pressure
Like the last couple of years, we ran a summer club for the children, which not only had lessons on hand washing and tooth brushing, but we taught basic English, craft projects and games.
In total, 560 adults and 435 children were taught by the team. We also funded hospital referrals/surgeries for 10 patients, who had issues such as malaria, stroke, gangrene and a perforated bowel. Funds were also provided to our local partner to provide financial help to treat 8 people on our 2018 surgery list.
The overall summary of donations brought / provided on this trip: $5,000 worth of Medical supplies, 1000 tooth brushes, 500 tooth pastes, 5000 color crayons, 2500 pens, 2000 coloring books and 40 pairs of glasses
AUGUST 2018 MEDICAL AND EDUCATION TRIP TO TOGO, WEST AFRICA
For the 5th year in a row, Team Togo ran their medical and education mission. Over the 9 days of work, the volunteers helped in 4 remote villages. The team were able to see a staggering 1040 patients, who were provided with free medical care and medicine. Whilst there, they had to take one patient to hospital for an emergency surgery and also put many on the referral list who need surgery. (If you're interested in helping fund a surgery, please get in touch).
In partnership with Pen to Paper Ghana, hundreds of students were taught basic English. We had 4 volunteer teachers from the USA who helped provide engaging lessons for the students of all ages.
A new project was launched this year to educate teenage girls on menstrual hygiene. Katie, from Pen to Paper Ghana and Wendy, another long-term volunteer, ran 4 workshops where they taught the girls all about why females menstruate and how to keep everything healthy and clean. The workshops were a great success with the girls asking many questions, which they don't usually get to do in school. The girls were also provided with reusable sanitary pads and taught how to make more of them using local cloth and plastic from readily available water sachets.