Ghana Outlook

GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana
  This past week we traveled to Ada to help another organization, Ghana Outlook, construct a school. Similar in its model to GlobeMed, Ghana Outlook is partnered with the Cheshire Fire Cadets from Britain. This year the organization raised over $80,000- quite an amazing feat! Over the span of 18 months the high school (“secondary school”) aged Cadets did every fundraiser imaginable, from climbing the highest peaks in Wales, Britain and Scotland in a 24 hour period to sailing around a lake in a fairy costume. Surely the physical construction of the school was comparatively simple. Ghana Outlook has built several other schools in Ghana and as a rule the community constructs the roof to establish ownership of each one. However, there was little doubt that the building was a…
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Banku for the Ghanaian Soul

GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana
This past Friday we took part in a cooking demonstration at the HOPE Center. It’s meant to show women that are part of the nutrition program how to incorporate soybean powder into everyday dishes they cook at home. The staff also gave tips on how to make a meal healthier using local produce. As Nurse Love pointed out, why advise mothers to purchase expensive imported apples when pawpaw (papaya) and pineapple are readily available at the local market? [caption id="attachment_537" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The GROW Team with local produce from the market"][/caption]  GHS Nutrition Officer Rita explained to me that it’s hard for many to obtain enough protein because the price of meat is high. However, a piece of fish can cost as little as 50 peswas (approximately 30 cents in…
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A Religious Experience

GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana
This Sunday we had the special honor of attending Nurse Love’s church, Holy Spirit Church. Since the chapel is located on top of a five story school building, it offers quite a fantastic view of the communities surrounding Ho. I’m not particularly religious, but as someone of Irish Catholic heritage that attends the occasional funeral or wedding I thought I had some idea of what morning mass would be like. Not quite. Truth be told, the service was a lot longer than expected. We woke up at 6 AM to walk to the church before the mass started at 7:30. After we finally left at 11:30 AM, it dawned on me why virtually everything is closed on Sundays- church is an all day affair. Still, the service was very enjoyable.…
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Sister Perfect

GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana
Although the fresh pineapples are delicious, the palm trees inviting, and the weather warm, the best part of the GROW trip continues to be getting to know the dynamic personalities behind the HOPE Center. At long last, I am able to put a face on the newest member to our partnership, Head Nurse Perfect Titiati. [caption id="attachment_523" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="From left to right: Sister Schola, Sister Doris, Sister Perfect, Sister Love, Sister Vivian."][/caption] Although she was very busy preparing a series of two day workshops on recent developments in malaria treatments, she still greeted Parul and I on our first day with a warm “You’re Welcome.” A few days later, Parul and I attended the malaria workshop (a strong reminder for me to take my mefloquine!) where Sister Perfect introduced…
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GROW 2010 Team: Margaret Asante’s thoughts and impressions

Foreign Relations, Global Health, GlobeMed, GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana, International, Photography, Public Health
[caption id="attachment_196" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The members of the GlobeMed at Northwestern GROW 2010 trip with Margaret Asante. Photo courtesy of Reema Ghatnekar / GlobeMed at Northwestern."][/caption] When I received a mail from the outgoing executives of GlobeMed 2009 introducing the next batch of students who will be visiting Hope Center in Ghana in 2010, I was really thrilled and at the same time curious. I wanted to know the caliber of students and how they can fit into our activities at the center like their predecessors. Mails were exchanged and my anxiety heightened by each day. Between 13th June to 25th June Allyson arrived first, followed by Kathleen and Reema, then lastly Joey. Allyson Westling I christened Allyson, “Mother Allyson” due to her humility, wisdom and her approach to work;…
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Meeting with Dr. Atsu

GlobeMed, GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana, Nutrition, Policy
“Ten years from now we will see this project grow out of the work of some students from the U.S. It will go beyond everyone’s dreams.” - Dr. Atsu, regional health director of Ho Municipality, in reference to the nutrition program at the H.O.P.E. Center On Monday, the GROW Team and Margaret met with Dr. Atsu, the new regional health director of the Ho Municipality. During this meeting we discussed the role that Ghana Health Service (GHS) should play at the HOPE Center and the partnership between GHS and GlobeMed. Going into the meeting, we were all really unsure about how receptive Dr. Atsu would be to our ideas, but we were all really pleased with what he had to say. Dr. Atsu sees Ghana Health Service playing a major…
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Global Giving’s Updates from the Field: Reducing child malnutrition in Ho, Ghana

Ho, Ghana, Media, Social Justice
A little over a week ago, an In-the-Field Traveler from Global Giving published the review after a visit to the H.O.P.E. Center in Ho, Ghana. With Global Giving's permission, we have republished the report here. Thank you to author Andrew Meaux and Global Giving for supporting GlobeMed at Northwestern! GlobeMED: HOPE Center As most people know in development, the field is often more riddled with questions than answers. Common among these questions is how to measure an organization’s impact. Does one use fancy metrics to chart how a project develops and analyze data? Or does one rely on qualitative analysis, the actually question and survey approach of whether a person is better or worse off after a given project? Fortunately for me, GlobeMed, in partnership with the H.O.P.E Center, provided…
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Powerful insight

GlobeMed, Grassroots Movements, GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana, Photography
[caption id="attachment_103" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Nurse Beauty gives a lecture on healthy eating practices to mothers who came for the monthly child welfare clinic. Photo courtesy of Allyson Westling / GlobeMed at Northwestern. "][/caption] [caption id="attachment_104" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="A busy day at the H.O.P.E. Center. Photo courtesy of Allyson Westling / GlobeMed at Northwestern."][/caption] Last week, we had the opportunity to have a meeting with a visiting physician from Ethiopia. He has had extensive experience in public health, spending a number of years working in a refugee camp. He also has a wide knowledge of the Volta region and a thorough understanding of the challenges faced by the communities serviced by the H.O.P.E. Center. Our time talking with him provided us with deep global health insight as well as exciting avenues…
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World Cup at White House

GlobeMed, GROW Trip, H.O.P.E. Center, Ho, Ghana, Photography
[caption id="attachment_54" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The GlobeMed at Northwestern GROW trip members and fellow American students. Photo courtesy of Reema Ghatnekar."][/caption] So far, our time here has been amazing. Last Saturday, we went to one of the local bar/restaurants, White House, to watch the Ghana versus USA soccer game. We met some fellow American students, as well as many locals. It was amazing to see how excited the entire country was about the World Cup games, especially since Ghana is the last African country left. After Ghana won, the entire city began to celebrate. An impromptu parade began around Ho and the city was completely alive: people were singing, dancing, and hugging in the middle of the street, completely ecstatic about Ghana’s victory over the US. Tonight is the Ghana versus…
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