Ghana

Country

Political status: Peaceful Republic Birth rate: 2%
President: John Mahama Life expectancy: 57 years
Surface: 238.537 km² Infant mortality: 112/1000 births
Language: English Doctor/patient ratio: 1:15.000
Population: 25 million HIV prevalence: 1.9%

Itinerary

  1. Accra
  2. Akosombo
  3. Koforidua
  4. New Tafo
  5. Agogo
  6. Kumasi
  7. New Adubiasi
  8. Brenu
  9. Elmina
  10. Kakum National Park
  11. Cape Coast
  12. Accra

The participants travel in an air-conditioned bus with an experienced English speaking driver on tarmac roads (approx. 1000 km).

Curriculum

Schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, cutaneous larva migrans, malaria, amoebiasis, shigellosis, typhoid fever, Buruli ulcer, leprosy, Dengue fever, HIV/AIDS and related opportunistic infections, DD of fever and diarrhoea in the tropics, WHO-vaccination guidelines for travellers, medical botany, traditional medicine, laboratory diagnosis of tropical infectious diseases.

Teaching CME Hours
Ward rounds and case presentations 20
Field excursions 15
Laboratory manuals 10
Lectures and round-table discussions 15
Total CME Hours 60

Program sequence (click every single day)

Day 1: Wednesday
Transfer from Kotoka International Airport (Accra) to the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel, Accra (15 km)
23.00 Briefing on the excursion (Dr. Schaefer). Meeting point: hotel reception
Day 2: Thursday
09.00 – 10.00 Lecture: update on schistosomiasis (Dr. Schaefer)
Drive to Big Ada in the Volta region (100 km)
13.00 – 16.00 Rounds in Big Ada Hospital focusing on HIV/AIDS and schistosomiasis (Dr. Narsh)
16.15 – 18.15 Laboratory manuals: diagnosis of schistosomiasis, (Dr. Agbeko)
Drive to Akosombo (125 km)
Day 3: Friday
08.00 – 10.00 Lecture: update on Malaria (Dr. Schaefer)
10.30 – 11.30 Lecture: update on Cutaneous larva migrans (Dr. Akamah)
12.00 – 16.00 Rounds: in Akosombo Regional Hospital. Malaria and other tropical infectious diseases (Dr. Akamah)
16.30 – 18.30 Field excursion: boat-trip on the Volta river to various fishing villages – habitat of schistosomiasis
(Dr. Schaefer)
Day 4: Saturday
09.00 – 11.00 Lecture: update on Ebola and Chikungunya fever (Dr. schaefer)
Drive to Aburi (80 km)
15.00 – 17.00 Field excursion: in the Aburi Botanical Garden. Artemisia annua and other plants used in the treatment of malaria (Dr. Felix)
Drive to Koforidua (50 km)
After dinner: Participants can (optional) present for about 15 minutes their work-, research- oversea-experience to the doctor group (lecture on USB memory stick)
Day 5: Sunday
Drive to New Tafo (20 km)
08:00 – 10:00 Visit the Cacao Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG) (Mr. Lloyd)
Drive to the Presbyterian Hospital in Agogo (120 km)
12:00 – 13:00 Lecture: update on Buruli ulcer (Dr. Abass)
14:00 – 17:00 Lecture: in Agogo Hospital. Buruli ulcer and other tropical dermatological manifestations (Dr. Abass)
17:15 – 19:15 Laboratory manuals: diagnosis of dermatological manifestations (Dr. George)
Drive to Kumasi (90 km)
Day 6: Monday
10:00 – 14:00 Field excursion: to the Kumasi market. Prevention and control of cholera and other diarrhoeal infections in the largest market of Ghana (Dr. Peter)
15:00 – 17:00 Visit to the King palace and Cultural Center of the Ashante in Kumasi (Dr. Peter)
Day 7: Tuesday
07.00-08.00 Lecture: differential diagnosis of diarrhoea in the tropics (Dr. Schaefer)
08.00 – 09.00 Lecture: update on onchocerciasis (Dr. Schaefer)
Drive to New Adubiase Hospital (100 km)
11.00 – 13.00 Field excursion: active case finding of onchocerciasis patients in New Adubiase area (Dr. Courage)
14.00 – 17.00 Rounds in the New Adubiase Government Hospital focusing on patients with diarrhoeal infections (Dr. Allan)
Drive to Brenu (100 km)
Day 8: Wednesday
10.00 – 11.00 Lecture: differential diagnosis of fever in the tropics (Dr. Schaefer)
11.15 – 12.15 Lecture: update on lymphatic filariasis (Dr. Schaefer)
13.00 – 15.00 Field excursion: presentation of lymphatic filariasis patients in Brenu area (Dr. Boger)
Drive to Cape Coast (20 km)
16.00 – 18.00 Visit of the slave museum in Cape Coast Castle (Mr. Blankson)
Drive to Brenu (20 km)
20.00 – 22.00 Cobra Verde” (directed by Werner Herzog and starring Klaus Kinski) is a remarkable movie about the slave trade in West Africa. The movie is based on the novel „The viceroy of Ouidah“ by Bruce Chatwin and shot in Elmina (close to Brenu)
Day 9: Thursday
8.00 – 10.00 Lecture: update on Dengue fever (Dr. Schaefer)
10.15 – 12.15 Lecture: update on leprosy (Dr. Schaefer)
Drive to Ankaful Leprosy Hospital (20 km)
13.00 – 16.00 Rounds in Ankaful Leprosy Hospital (Dr. Otabil)
Drive to Kakum National Park (30 km)
15.30 – 17.30 Field excursion: medical botany in Kakum National Park (Mr. William)
Drive to Brenu (40 km)
Day 10: Friday
Drive to Cape Coast (20 km)
09.00 – 13.00 Rounds: in Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. Acute abdomen caused by typhoid fever and other infections (Dr. Morna)
Drive to Accra (150 km)
Day 11: Saturday
08.00 – 14.00 Laboratory manuals: Diagnosis of parasitic infections in the Lancet Laboratories, Accra (Dr. Paul)
In the evening transfer to Kotoka International Airport
SUBJECT TO MODIFICATIONS

Accommodation

Travel preparation

Immigration

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months. Keep copies of the relevant pages of your passport separately. You DON’T get the tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Accra, Ghana. You apply for the tourist visa at the nearest Ghana embassy or consulate in your home country. Inquire from them what you need to do. Approximately 3 months before departure we will send you a letter of invitation from a hotel in Ghana, which you require for the application of the visa.

Health

You should be in good health and fit. You need to be vaccinated against yellow fever. Custom officials will check upon arrival your yellow vaccination booklet. It is highly recommended to be vaccinated against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A. Take malaria prophylaxis (malarone or doxycyclin). Check wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/ghana Carry essential medicine with you, and if you wish, bring antibiotics, syringes and gloves, which are always in need in Ghana hospitals! If asked at the customs on arrival, explain that the medicines are for “private use only.”

Luggage
light trousers hand sanitizer
jeans USB-stick (8 GB)
shorts/skirt mosquito repellent
shirts sun cream
t-shirts flashlight
light sweater alarm clock
light impermeable wind jacket universal travel adapter
comfortable sport shoes with proper soles light rucksack
slippers bathing suit
sunglasses small umbrella
hat

Luggage should be packed in a soft, lockable travel bag (no bulky suitcase). Maximum luggage weight is 15 kg per person. You don’t need a mosquito net, white coat or stethoscope.

Medical literature

Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine, Andrew Brent et al., Oxford University Press, 4th Edition (2014) ISBN-10: 0199692564, ISBN-13: 978-0199692569.

Amazon

Travel guide

Ghana, Philipp Briggs, Bradt Travel Guides, December 2016, ISBN 978-1784770341, www.bradtguides.com

Laundry

Service is provided in all hotels.

Money

It is recommended to carry approximately US$ 400,- cash (bills dated after 2010) for meals, drinks, tips and personal expenses. You can withdraw Ghana Cedis cash with your VISA-credit card (don’t forget your pin number!) from ATM machines in Ghana. Other credit cards are less popular.

Insurance

You should have your own comprehensive travel insurance (health, accident, baggage, cancellation etc.) www.worldnomads.com.

Internet, Mobile phone

Wireless is offered in some hotels. Mobile phones (Vodafone) work here as well.

Airlines to Accra, Ghana
  • from Europe to Accra (ACC): Turkish Airlines, KLM, British Airways, TAP, Lufthansa
  • from Asia/Australia to Accra: Emirates, Qatar Airways
  • from USA/Canada to Accra: Delta (direct via New York)
Airport transfer

A free airport shuttle is provided from the airport to Coconut Grove Regency Hotel in Accra. The driver from the hotel will wait for you in the arrival hall of the airport building holding a blackboard with your name. The transfer takes about 30minutes, depending on the traffic.