The Ghana Experience

Life is precious. While most people would hastily agree with that statement, not enough people truly understand what it means.  I am just a young man only newly acquainted with some of the beauties and horrors of life, but after having accompanied my father and the International Healthcare Volunteers (IHCV) on two medical missions to Ghana I feel confident in saying that I now truly understand that life is precious.

My role on these medical missions was that of Junior Volunteer, essentially it was my job to do whatever it was that the nurses and doctors on the mission needed of me. Whether it was managing the medical supplies, organizing the patient paperwork, running necessary equipment into the Operating Room, or helping to round on patients in the wards, I was constantly kept busy. There seemed to be a never ending and relentless stream of patients in need of care. There were so many different faces, each with their own story, all requiring care and assistance. It was a daunting thing to face.

Ghana Exceeded All My Expectations by Hanah Baron

My experiences in Ghana far exceeded my expectations. Working with the team of doctors and nurses gave me insight into the medical profession and also inspired me to pursue my own professional career in the hope that I can one day contribute my services to an under served population.

This was my first experience in the operating room and though I was totally new to the surgical environment, I felt very much as though I was a contributing member of the team by documenting the procedures with photographs and retrieving supplies during the operations.

Welcome Dr. Bio, Medical Director of KNUST Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana

Dr. Bio was hosted by IHCV as he finalized the affiliation agreement with UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and KNUST School of Medical Science for the ongoing transfer of educational programs via medical students, resident training and medical school faculty.

This process of transferring of knowledge across the continents to improve health care for all has been a goal of the founder Dr. Aikins and the IHCV Board.

Jamaica Mission 2009

IHCV medical director James Aikins and chaiperson Charletta Ayers collaborated with the Medicine in Action (MIA) medical team to provide care to underserved women in Jamaica.

Drs. Aikins and Ayers, with Medicine in Action volunteers, were able to provide over 200 cervical cancer screenings, performed 19 surgical cases and attended to 1,000 patients.

IHCV plans to develop future collaboration with MIA to provide medical and surgical care to residents of Kingston Jamaica.

2008 Volunteer Experiences from Dr. Elise Rossiter and Jackie Rossiter

My daughter Jackie (17) and I joined the mission with IHCV this summer and were amazed by the things this group of hardworking professionals was able to accomplish.  As the first clinical psychologist to go on the mission I was unsure of how I could contribute as was my daughter, a youth volunteer, who had no previous experience working in a medical setting.

2008 Volunteer Experience: IHCV, Ghana and Urology

“So HOW long has this urinary catheter been in?”

By the twentieth time that I had to ask the question to yet another patient in urinary retention, neither myself or Dr. Brett Lebed, my Urologist compare-in-arms, was surprised by the answer. The Urology clinic at Central Regional Hospital in Cape Coast was brimming with anxious individuals with indwelling catheters placed long ago, for unknown reasons. These proud people who could neither understand or remember the rationale for the catheter placement, sometimes 5 or 10 years ago, simply wanted it removed. They came from all over the region including neighboring countries such as Ivory Coast and waited without complaint for hours and hours in the stifling heat of the overcrowded clinic area.