Thirteen Eastern students traveled to Ghana, West Africa, from May 22-June 11, 2016 with lecturer Shelly Gimenez. This was a unique opportunity for Eastern students interested in healthcare, public health and the education sectors of a developing country. The trip offered three internship credits through the Health Sciences major at Eastern. As part of their field experience, students visited clinical facilities in surrounding communities of Agona-Asamang in the Ashanti region of Ghana, where they were able to compare and contrast what they saw with health systems in the United States.
The field experience included visits to clinics, hospitals, schools, an orphanage and public services where students learned firsthand about health care and public health systems in Ghana. At Mampong Hospital in rural Agona, students had the opportunity to participate in hospital rounds, observed the operating theater, conducted well baby clinics, participated in the Maternal and Child Health Clinic, conducted patient intakes and gained valuable experience in the Emergency Room.
Eastern students also experienced the local culture by living in a compound in the rural village of Assamang. They also interacted with public health and nursing students from Withrow University College in Agona-Assamang, founded by Eastern Biology Professor Yaw Nsiah. Weekends were spent visiting historical sites in Ghana, including an elephant preserve, ancient slave quarters, a monkey cemetery and preserve, waterfalls, various villages and local outdoor markets.