The Apam, Ghana trip has occurred annually since 2006 to a small fishing village in the gold coast of Africa. The trip started in Aldersgate Methodist Church, and Building Solid Foundations 501c was then established by Dr. Seth Quartey and his wife, Grace Quartey. This trip has very personal connections, as both are from Ghana. Members of the team work in Apam Catholic Hospital for medical and surgical clinic with nurses going out into the community for screening clinics. Most common surgeries are hysterectomy for fibroids, thyroidectomy for goiters and hernia repairs. It is a very busy surgery schedule with up to 200 cases per trip. All surgery cases are prescreened, and team members only see patients to be sure they are in agreement. The vast majority of the time is operating. The medical team cares for hypertensions, diabetes, asthma and many infectious diseases including malaria, which is endemic in the area, tetnus and typhoid. Water borne disease is still a major killer in the area. In addition to the health care team, there is a non-medical team. There has been a close connection between Rotary Club of York and Apam Rotary Club, and they are putting toilets in schools, as sanitation is a major health risk. This is an annual trip that occurs in September.
Contact: Seth Quartey, M.D. email@example.com
The next Ghana trip is scheduled for Sept 2 to 16
This is a faith-based medical mission trip also sponsored by Living Word Community Church (LWCC). The clinics are set up in remote villages outside of Guatemala City, the medical camp is two days and provides primary care, dentistry and eye glasses. Since outreach is in a rural area, sleeping bags are required. The trip duration is a total of five days; departure is on a Thursday with return on a Monday. The trip occurs in July, October and February. A Church in Maryland also sponsors this trip in May. Team size is 18 to 24 medical and nonmedical members. Team members will work alongside Guatemalan doctors and translators of both Spanish and indigenous language. Spanish language skills are a plus.
Contacts for July, Oct, Feb trips: Edward Nelson, M.D. firstname.lastname@example.org, Nancy Nagib, M.D. email@example.com, Cathy Carpenter, M.D. firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for May trip: Christian Utara: Christian.Utara@jhu.edu.
May 18-22, 2017
July 27-31, 2017
October 26-30, 2017
February 15-19, 2018
A new relationship with S. J. Patel Trust Hospital in Paliyad, Gujarat India, this is a two-week non-faith based mission and occurs in either October or March of every year. The experience includes primary care, inpatient, obstetrics and the opportunity for post-operative care. Shadowing opportunities are available for general surgery and cataract surgery. Two days of the trip are dedicated to outreach in an area that has little to no medical access. Team size is three to five members.
Contact: Hetal Patel, M.D. email@example.com
For WellSpan York Hospital residents, some funding assistance for global health travel may be available. Please contact Dr. Nancy Nagib, Co-Director of the Center for Global Health Education at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.