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Global Health in Ghana, Cape Coast

Please note this program is an unpaid global health education program. There is a program fee required to participate. This program fee pays for on-site services such a lodging, language classes (if relevant), 24/7 emergency support, coordination of rotations and/or placements, and on-site staff. CFHI is a nonprofit organization committed to fair-trade partnerships around the world. Please use the following code "HandshakeCFHI" in order to have the application fee waived when applying for a program on the CFHI website.

As one of the most culturally significant areas in Africa, Cape Coast, located in the central region of Ghana, is home to a dark past. It was once known to be the largest slave-trading center in Western Africa. However, today Cape Coast is considered a very laidback fishing port that is home to scenic landscape, beautiful sandy beaches, historic landmarks, crumbling colonial buildings, and coastal forts and castles. The vibrant energy that is among its people and culture allows Cape Coast to be one of the most fascinating places to be in.

Immerse yourself in this beautiful city and learn about its approach in providing necessary healthcare services to its people. Gain a global understanding of the overall Ghanaian healthcare system and delivery services from conception to adulthood; the financial and structural healthcare challenges the medical professionals face, and various socioeconomic factors. Address public health topics such as sex education, teen pregnancy, adoption, family planning, and endemic tropical diseases like Malaria, and understand how some of these issues are seen culturally in this day and age.

Cape Coast is home to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, the main healthcare provider for many of the coastal communities within the region, and the newest teaching hospital in Ghana. Participants will have the opportunity to rotate in different departments of the hospital and work alongside medical students, medical professionals, and various specialists as well as explore community health centers affiliated with the hospital. Additionally, participants may have the opportunity to participate in scheduled public health visits to local schools.