Destined to Travel:
My name is Brittney Cummings, Director of the National Student Nurses Association(NSNA). I am in my last semester at San Diego State University. I will be graduating with my Bachelors Degree of Science in Nursing this May! I also Chair the Global Initiatives committee for NSNA. I began my journey to nursing school in 2008 after a life changing experience immunizing children for Polio and educating communities in Nigeria, Africa with Rotary International and Unicef. Ever since my time in Nigeria, I knew traveling to see the wold and beautiful people in these diverse places would be something I will accomplish throughout my life. Being able to explore and learn from other cultures while providing comprehensive and holistic medical care is a privilege and I am proud to say that my profession in nursing will provide these invaluable opportunities in our country and world wide. My blog for the next month will unravel the beautiful adventures of providing medical care in Ghana!
Who is Global Medical Brigade and What is our Mission?
Global Medical Brigades in Ghana work alongside each other on a 10-day long brigade in under-resourced communities around the central region of Ghana. Each medical and dental brigade incorporates a public health portion at the end of the 4 clinical days. The 10-day medical and public health brigade provides volunteers with the opportunity to make a tangible impact on communities while gaining hands-on experience in the field of international medicine. Prior to travel, volunteers collect medicines, recruit health professionals and fundraise. Once in Ghana, the team will visit one partner community to administer a 3-4 day-long clinic and conduct health workshops. During clinical days, community members are able to consult doctors and dentists, fill any necessary prescriptions, receive necessary dental care, and sit-in on health education lectures. At the end of the medical portion, volunteers then have a chance to build public health projects to address some of the environmental health issues. Public Health construction includes latrines, eco-stoves, and water filtration devices.