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PWA Volunteer Emma doing a malaria test on a young child in Ghana, West africa
PWA Volunteer Emma doing a malaria test on a young child in Ghana, West africa
PWA Volunteer Emma at a malaria screening in the village of Oshieye, Ghana
PWA Volunteer Emma doing a community malaria education talk in Ghana, West Africa
PWA Volunteer Emma with children at the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre for vulnerable children in Ghana
PWA Volunteer Emma working alongside a Ghana Health Service Nurse at a malaria screening event

Emma - UK

Programme Completed: Malaria Prevention Programme (MPP)

Date Posted: 28/11/2016

My five weeks volunteering with Partner West Africa in Ghana working on the Malaria Prevention Programme has definitely been an experience I will never forget. It was extremely rewarding to carry out this very hands-on work with such immediate benefits for the local communities.

My five weeks volunteering with Partner West Africa's (PWA) internal volunteering department, Volunteer West Africa, in Ghana working on the Malaria Prevention Programme has definitely been an experience I will never forget. My first day was quite overwhelming, partly due to the differences in culture and partly due to the fact I'd forgotten my malaria tablets! However, I felt welcomed as soon as I was met by Inusah, PWA Project Manager, at the airport and had no problems settling in thanks to the friendliness of fellow volunteers and housekeeping staff.
 
Although it took a while for me to feel fully involved in the project, I feel like my time here has been well spent. I assisted with carrying out a mosquito net assessment in the local village of Oshieye in which Brooke (a fellow volunteer), Peter (PWA Project Assistant) and I interviewed parents of the children who attend the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre for Vulnerable Children and identified how many mosquito nets needed to be distributed. Following on from this we recognised the need to adapt the malaria education programme that accompanies the net distribution and gave a talk to local communities regarding correct usage of mosquito nets and how to effectively prevent malaria.
 
The majority of my time was spent preparing for and carrying out three malaria screenings in the local area in partnership with the Ghana Health Service. These involved testing people who displayed symptoms of malaria and providing free medication to those who tested positive. It was extremely rewarding to carry out this very hands-on work with such immediate benefits for the local communities.
 
I was also given the opportunity to branch out from my own project; I helped out in the PWA Daycare and Nursery Centre one morning and spent my Thursday mornings observing in a local clinic and hospital. This was especially valuable to me because I am keen to pursue a career in health care.  Furthermore, I was able to contribute to the healthcare report being written by a small team of volunteers from UK charity Engineers Without Borders, a PWA partner organisation.
 
Outside of work, the highlights were Saturday night 'reggae nights' at local beach bar, Big Milly's, our long weekend at Cape Coast (in particular the canopy walk at Kakum National Park) and our visit to Solo Monkey Forest monkey sanctuary. These gave me an excellent opportunity to fully immerse myself in Ghanaian culture and make the most of my time here.
 
It is clear that the staff are very hard working and that a lot of the work achieved by PWA is benefiting the local communities [we were fortunate enough in this case that volunteers within the Malaria Prevention Programme team had raised sufficient funds to deliver the programme and screenings so as PWA was able to reallocate the funds it had made available for this work to contribute towards the 2017 Malaria Prevention Programme]. PWA are now also at a stage where they can apply for bid funding which if successful will enable this hugely worthwhile programme to develop."
 
 
How can you help?
  • If you would like to also volunteer on the Malaria Prevention Programme, please click here.
  • If you would like to volunteer or partner with PWA on any of our other projects or programmes, please click here.
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  • If you would like to support our charity in any other way - for example by donating goods like children's clothes or materials like mosquito nets, or helping us promote our charity through social media or identifying like-minded potential partners - please download the 'How you can support  us' Brief which is located in the introduction text of our Donate Page here.
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