Over winter break, several students and I had the opportunity to accompany Osei and help in providing free health-screenings for diabetes and hypertension in Ghana. Additionally, we shadowed at the Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital. Offering help to so many people at the screening was something I had never done before, and most of the patients we screened rarely visited the hospital. It was a gratifying and humbling experience to be able to provide significant support for so many. Additionally, shadowing physicians was another practice that was new to me. As a pre-med student, it was eye-opening and revealed how efficient and analytical health professionals were. I was impressed by how quickly they could diagnose and treat patients in emergency situations. This also pushed some of my interests towards global health and effective ways to offer aid, and in the future, I would love to help in an impactful way like what was accomplished on this trip.
Of all the things I learned, experiencing a different culture was one of my favorites. I was able to compare my home environment to another and I gained new perspectives. The friends I made during the trip were inspiringly compassionate people. Seeing historical landmarks and reserves of Kumasi and Accra was also incredible; the natural sights showed an awesome display of nature that is hard to put into words.
For those interested in exploring healthcare fields, experiencing the rich culture that Ghana has to offer, or who have a desire to meet and work with wonderful people, I highly recommend embarking on this health trip with Osei and the OKB Hope foundation. I will never forget the things I learned and the connections I made.