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Archive for January, 2020

Five years ago many of you chipped in to have an operating table, an anesthesia machine, and two patient monitors crated and shipped to Ghana. It was then transported by road to Kongo where they are now in use. Most recently a group of doctors is performing free hernia surgeries on anyone who shows up from the community. This week they will perform at least 120 surgeries. Here are some photos from yesterday.

This is outside the clinic where family members are waiting.

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Lisa and Olives are meeting to discuss food for the HIV patients. We are sitting on the small veranda in front of our rooms at the guest house.

Lisa and David’s niece, Britney, administered the YWF nutrition programs two years ago. She was the first to meet Olives, the HIV patient coordinator at the Logre clinic. A more caring and kinder person would be hard to meet. In Ghana, there is still a stigma attached to those families where members are receiving HIV treatment.The “Global Fund” is providing the clinic with free ARV drugs to achieve viral suppression.Due to fear of stigma in the community, patients can be reluctant to come regularly for the viral monitoring, have interruptions in their treatments with the drugs, and often are reluctant to get family members tested. Olives proposed that we offer food as an incentive. We have devised a plan to provide two packets of food as patients come in for their first and second visits to the HIV center. additional incentives are offered for family members to get tested. We project to provide 240 patients with two food packets over the next year at a cost of $1500. In this way, we feel quite optimistic about significantly reducing the incidence of AIDS in newborns.

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Work with farmers

We are extremely fortunate to have Tom Demeo with us on this trip. He has a strong background in colluding a PhD related to agriculture and forestry. He’s now visited 15 farms and organized two workshops. One workshop occurred last Friday, another for this Thursday. The farmers are very interestedAnd composting, natural pesticides, crops that generate more cash in the market, crop rotation, and crop selection to maintain fertility of their land. Subsistence farmers here usually farm the same land year after year and maintaining fertility is a great benefit. Families eat almost solely from the crops they grow.

This is our team attending the first workshop. Marilyn Schuster, president of YWF along with Tom and our local helpers with transportation and out reach.

Sitting under the mango tree for the workshop were 30 farmers, about 1/3 women which we were promoting.

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This is our third day in the village and already there’s lots of work underway. Teachers David Stone and Julie Aquilizan are intensely preparing to give a two day teachers workshop targeted to new teachers that have completed the teaching college scholarship program. The focus will be on arithmetic and literacy. In preparation for the weekend workshop, D & J along with some of the new teachers are burning the midnight oil in constructing abacuses out of jerrycans cut into strips, and small beads, along with lots of tape. It is their hope that having some manipulative objects for arithmetic learning will help improve math scores in the district. Students here tend to score poorly in math testing.

And this is a photo from the workshop itself.

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