Community education and training are playing a key role in addressing public health challenges faced by individuals in Ghana, Africa. The Catholic Relief Services Ghana Faculty Enrichment Program provided an opportunity for me to interact and share knowledge in topics related to clean water, sanitation, hygiene, and nutrition. During my visit to Ghana with 10 other faculty members from around the United States, I witnessed the challenges and efforts that are taking place to make sure community members have clean water, a safe and healthy environment, and proper nutrition.
This experience made me realize that public health around the world is still evolving and more outreach and education are still needed to address proper hand washing and hygiene, nutrition and diet, prenatal care, immunizations, clean drinking water, indoor air quality, disease prevention, and waste management.
Although I could see progress is being made through efforts from non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and foundations, there are still opportunities to assist in meeting the public health needs that still exist at the global level.
I am looking forward to continuing to share my knowledge and expertise in collaboration with CRS and other faculty and students to help make a difference in the quality of life experiences for people and communities who are confronted with public health challenges.
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