MEDICAL AND EDUCATION TRIPS TO TOGO, WEST AFRICA
We 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
We also ran classes for children on English, hand washing, tooth brushing, craft projects and sports.
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 help 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.
Over the 9 days of work, the medical volunteers helped:
4 remote villages
Saw 1040 patients, who were provided with free medical care and medicine
Took one patient to hospital for emergency surgery
Added many to the referral list for surgery
Launched a new menstrual hygiene project, where 4 workshops were run to educate females about menstruation, how to stay clean and healthy and how to make reusable sanitary pads.
In partnership with Pen to Paper Ghana and 4 volunteer teachers from the USA, hundreds of students were provided with engaging lessons in English.
In 8 clinic days, the team managed to:
see 964 patients
refer 36 for surgery; one case was a lady with a hernia, which was so severe that she was operated on immediately while the mission was going on.
As well as the medical part of the trip, we had education volunteers who provided English and hygiene lessons to hundreds of Togolese children.
For their 3rd summer in a row, Team Togo ventured for another round of field medical clinics:
working in 4 remote villages
seeing over a thousand patients
raise enough money to pay for 42 surgeries
This year, we started our partnership with the literacy NGO, Pen to Paper Ghana, which enabled us to run educational lessons for the local children in their summer holidays.
Yet again, Team Togo headed out with a well qualified team of medical aid volunteers to several under served villages in West Africa. With donations from Project C.U.R.E, and a large donation from Finland, the international group of travellers were able to help hundreds of patients in the villages of Kpalime, Atime, and Tchekpo.
Also on this same trip, members of Assist Africa and SAFU met with directors of the SOS Lome orphanage to discuss educational needs. The teams were able to give lessons on sanitation, dental hygiene, as well as offer long-term healthcare solutions to patients' chief complaints.
In August 2015, we were able to fund 20 surgeries