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Ghana—Pediatric Care and Reproductive Health

Accommodations

Participants will stay in a local home with the onsite coordinator. A live in caretaker will cook homemade local food, clean, and take care of other daily needs the students may have.

All housing will be on a shared basis, two to three students per room.

Meals

2 meals a day are included on this program.

Transportation

Airport pick-up and drop-off are included. Local transportation is provided to and from clinical rotations daily, by program drivers and/or taxis arranged by the local team.

Clinical Rotations

Sample Schedule

Clinical rotations will start on Monday of the second week and usually take place in the mornings for 4 to 6 hours usually Monday through Friday for the remaining four weeks.

Once a week you will meet with your local medical director to discuss your experiences at the clinics and hospitals. Students can use this time to discuss particular issues of interest, review their progress in clinic or bring up any concerns they may have. Clinical rotation sites include:

Children’s Hospital

Known as a historic landmark for making medical history when Dr. Cicely Williams first diagnosed the disease Kwashiokor, this government hospital serves an average of 200 to 300 children daily, and is the only hospital in Ghana that is dedicated solely to pediatric care.

Rotation assignments within the hospital will include: Out Patient Department (OPD), Emergency Department (ER) and Ward rotations. Work alongside and learn from dynamic health professionals including pediatricians, nurses, house officers, medical officers, residents and laboratory technicians.

Engage in clinical rotations in the hospital and clinics with physicians who manage chronic conditions. Weekly special clinics include HIV/AIDS and TB, Asthma, Sickle Cell, Neuro, Pediatric Surgical and ENT Nurse Clinic.

Students may also engage with dieticians, nutritionists, and doctors who specialize in the management of malnutrition through the hospital’s Nutrition Rehabilitation Unit and Ward.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights NGO

This NGO provides health care, and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) programming and development for the nation. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to participate in youth-centered activities and programs, including family clinics, outreach, training sessions, and advocacy.

Excursions and Day Trips

Short excursions and day trips will be included during orientation week.

Orientation Week Sample Schedule:

  • Guided city tour and welcome dinner
  • Visit to crafts market
  • Slavery museum tour
  • Beach day
  • Tour of clinics and hospitals where students will be rotating
  • Tour botanical gardens
  • Overnight excursion to Cape Coast, with guided tour of Elmina Castle, historical insight into the slave trade, and group dinner
  • Forest canopy walk

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About Ghana

Located in West Africa, Ghana has a long and rich cultural history and is considered one of the most stable and democratic countries in Africa. With strong political and economic systems, vibrant cities, and friendly people, Ghana is the perfect gateway for a vibrant, cultural experience in Africa.

Despite strong economic growth and a stable political system, there are still challenges in providing quality healthcare for children throughout the country. Social and economic conditions have continued to impact the health of children, with malaria, anemia, and malnutrition as the leading contributors to the childhood morbidity in Ghana.

Currency: Ghanaian cedi
Language Spoken:  English is the country’s official language, however there are more than 250 languages and dialects spoken across the country.

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