After an exhausting (exhausting just from sitting- ironic, I know) 16 hour bus ride we are back in Accra. We traveled to Wa from Tamale on Sunday, our vehicle loaded down with all of our baggage plus weighing scales, mattresses, and educational artwork for the Lawra Nutrition Center. While in Wa we met with Dr. Alexis, Regional Director of the Upper West at the Regional Directorate offices to discuss our upcoming shipments this year.
On Tuesday, we traveled 3 hours each way down a rough, bumpy road to Sisala West, a health center that is trying to expand to a district hospital. We received a tour of the center from Dr. Bukari, the Medical Director, and spent some time discussing the priority equipment and supplies they are in need of.
On Wednesday, we again set out for another site visit to Nadowli District Hospital. We met with Florence, the District Director, and the pharmacist at Nadowli to discuss the hospital’s needs in depth. This hospital, like Sisala West, is also in the process of expanding. They very recently completed construction on a large, new children’s ward and are now in need of equipment and supplies to fill the ward. They have also recently hired a doctor that they hope will stay on as the resident doctor, having gone for 4 months without a doctor on staff.
After finishing our meeting in Nadowli, we continued on to Lawra to deliver our supplies and check in on the construction of the Lawra Nutrition Center- it’s really exciting to see how it’s progressing! We then traveled back to Wa to prepare for our bus ride back to Accra. Little did we know it would take 4 hours longer than expected, for reasons mostly unknown, but we’ve now made it safely back and are resting up for our last bit of time here in Ghana.