Hello friends of REACH!
Over the past 2 years, you have contributed to over $7000.00 of fundraising for REACH's projects. We are humbled and extremely grateful for your show of support for our dream of making an impact on improving health outcomes in Ghana.
This month, we were excited to connect with our Advisory Board Member, Dr. Paul Farmer. Maame and Nancy on the REACH team heard Dr Paul Farmer narrate some of his experiences with Partners in Health in Haiti, and the new direction of the country as pertains to health and development. He made comparisons between Haiti and Rwanda, where Partners in Health is also based. In spite of the tremendous setback that Rwanda faced in the early '90s during the genocide, Rwanda now enjoys high-quality health care in several communities and is now an emerging global health success story. That's pretty amazing!
Here at REACH, we are taking inspiration from these advances and continuing to model our Mobile Clinic project. We are working with experts at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health to find out how we can incorporate better access to surgical care into our Mobile Clinic model, which primarily focuses on medical approaches. We are currently in the recruitment process for our first full-time staff member, and we will be sure to keep you posted with progress on that.
Kindly note that our website is hosted at www.reachgh.org.
Thank you so much for your generosity. We are excited about hear about the impact that your gifts have made through our screenathons, and we hope you feel the same anticipation that we do about the great potential of our burgeoning Mobile Clinic.
With warm regards!
Do you know a community that might benefit from our Annual Screenathon?
We are making preparations for this year's screening event! We are currently working towards incorporating a cardiovascular health screening component. Your donations this year will go toward purchasing rapid cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose screening instruments. We've learned from the AfroCardiac Study Team at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Medicine, and we are eager to put our skills to use!
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to nominate a target community for our December screenathon.
As always, we are extremely grateful for your support.
Last month, REACH entered into a collaboration with a group at the Johns Hopkins University on a study to investigate cardiovascular risk among West African immigrants in the Maryland, DC, VA area in the US. Led by doctoral candidate Yvonne Commodore-Mensah at the School of Nursing, this study is important because it contributes to the body of research that elucidates how much of cardiovascular disease is attributed to genetics as opposed to environmental contributors such as diet, exercise and smoking. Faculty and students from the undergraduate college, and the schools of Medicine and Public Health are also involved in this study.
While REACH is always happy to volunteer time and effort to serve communities surrounding its members, this also provides a great opportunity for our organization to learn the logistics of running a mobile clinic from the team at Johns Hopkins for translation into our Mobile Clinic in Ghana!
More updates to follow!
As usual, we are super excited and grateful for your interest and support!
Your friends at REACH~!
On December 31st of this year, REACH matures into a Mobile Clinic which provides preventive health and primary diagnostic, treatment, referral and counselling services to communities in the Greater Accra Metropolis!
Thank you for planting the seeds that began this endeavor!
Our goals remain the same, including:
- improving current standards in health-care delivery as we work with partner health centers in Ghana
- reducing the occurence of preventable sufferering and deaths as a result of infectious and chronic diseases in communities in Ghana.
We would like your input in selecting a name for our maiden Mobile Clinic Unit. Please send us some suggestions here: http://www.reachghana.org/contact-us/
We will send you some updates shortly on our holiday activities. In the meantime, do not hesitate to send us a gift through our fundraising page: http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/8167/reach-ghana/
Best in all your endeavors!
A survey is underway to measure the impact of our December Screenathon. As a reminder, we made available essential education on disease prevention while treating cases of malaria, diarrhoeal and respiratory illnesses among others. We also provided screening for chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. We delivered basic care at the event and transferred complex cases to a local polyclinic. In addition, we educated the community on the availability of the National Health Insurance Scheme and have registered over 300 adults and children since the beginning of our project:
To measure the impact of our intervention, data to be collected include:
- Mosquito net usage and incidence of malaria
- Assessment of Follow-up at Local Medical Centers post Screenathon
- Usage of the Community Health Post at the Screenathon Site.
We are also proud to report that our organization has been involved with Medical Fiesta 2012 in Accra Ghana. This is a week-long Continuing Medical Education International Conference that serves to update Ghanaian healthcare professionals on current medical and surgical practices and procedures in the developed world, and enables physicians and other healthcare professionals licensed in the USA to fulfill licensure board requirements while they are practicing in developing countries.
Thanks again for your generous support of REACH and the Screenathon.
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