This medical supply collection and packing event has been an annual favorite since early in our 10 year history. We hope you can join us!
Malaria, malnutrition and water-born diseases are all prevalent in Ghana, Africa. A group of US medical professionals and helpers join International Needs (IN) Ghana’s staff for a week of holding medical clinics. Each day during their trip they set up a makeshift pharmacy in the schools and open the doors for basic medical care. In past years, the team saw over 2,000 men, women, boys and girls at six locations. People walked for miles and waited for hours in hopes of seeing a doctor. For many this would be their first time seeking medical care. We've worked with this group to donate hundreds of pounds of supplies each year -- so let's work together this year to help them reach even more people during their upcoming trip!
What to expect:
Participants will hear from a local woman (Terry Heyward) and see pictures to share her experiences with a medical mission team and the people in Ghana, unpack medical supplies attendees bring to donate and sort them out to make them easier to transport on the long trip. We'll weigh the suitcases at the end to help put a tangible number to the kids' hard work!
Capacity & Age Recommendations:
This is a big project and we can have up to 15 member* families and guest families attend*. All ages are welcome to participate.
*while we rely on membership donations to continue programming, we also never want the $40/year family membership fee to prevent a family from joining. Scholarships can be requested confidentially by emailing email@example.com.
What to bring:
In order to make this project a success, we are asking all families who register to commit to bringing items to pack, no matter how big or small. Bringing supplies to donate helps kids personally connect to the project, knowing the item(s) they brought are helping families all the way in Africa. NOTE: If you would like to participate but are unable to bring items please let us know via email (confidential) and we will buy supplies on your behalf. We just want to make sure we have enough supplies to pack. Let's see how many suitcases full of supplies we can pack this year!
Collection Items Ghana Medical Team January 2023
Band-Aids/ gauze pads & roll
Batteries - size AA and AAA
Lubricating eye drops (no red out type)
Thermometer - digital, oral for adult use
Small travel size toothpaste
Travel size shampoo & lotion (no bars of soap please)
Triple antibiotic cream (Neosporin type, small tube)
Ziplock bags (gallon size)
All items in original sealed bottles, please.
Donations of school supplies and playground balls to gift to the schools they use for the clinics are also welcome.
- Flattened rubber playground balls (ie: soccer balls, kickballs, volleyballs)
- Ball inflate pumps with needles
- Pre-sharpened pencils, small pencil sharpers
- Colored pencils
- Rulers & Stickers
- Dry erase markers
We look forward to bringing this project back for 2023 - hope to see you there! Note: if you register and can no longer attend PLEASE send us a message to let us know asap so we can adjust plans to cover project supplies and volunteer spots that we've committed to our partner.
Unable to attend? If you are not a member yet or are not able to attend the project but would like to donate medical supplies, you can shop the Ghana Medical Team's Amazon Wish list or please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll coordinate with you!