Squads Abroad is a 501c3 non-profit organization under our parent company Global Brigades, a Platinum Level Guidestar member for Financial Transparency. Since 2004, our organization has collectively mobilized more than 70,000 international volunteers to help resolve global health and economic disparities around the world.

Build medical knowledge immersed in medical interventions in rural Ghana, working alongside local government actors.

Students shadow our local medical professionals to deliver critical health services in a clinical setting. The curriculum engages students in our program methodology, local community and cultural tradition, interviews with community health volunteers, and is culminated in three lives clinic sessions out of government-run community health outposts.

In addition to our skill-based learning objectives, building cultural competence is integrated into the course to increase the quality of services and improve outcomes with community partners.

 

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Customize your Health TeleSquad by selecting a set of modules. Explore available modules below:

 

MODULE 1: Organizational Overview and Introductions

Group is introduced to Squads Abroad (SA), its parent organization Global Brigades (GB), and the Ghana staff..

MODULE 2: Country Overview and Cultural Context

Volunteers will have an overview of Ghana, its history, and the characteristics of Ghanaian patients. They will explore the differences between traditional medicine, its historic and cultural importance, and western medicine.

MODULE 3: GB Medical Program in Ghana

Group is introduced to Medical team operations in Ghana. Self-paced Activity: Review questions and reflections.

MODULE 4: Community Selection Process & Rapid Needs Assessments

Self-paced Activity: Review community selected on the GB website and complete worksheet.

MODULE 5: Healthcare in Ghana

Group is introduced to the four major health care models in Ghana: Beveridge Model, Bismarck Model, National Health Insurance Model, and Out of Pocket Model. Group is introduced to the Healthcare System in Ghana. Self-paced Activity: Review questions and reflections.

MODULE 6: Roles of Community Health Workers in Ghana

Group learns about the roles of CHW’s in Ghana. Self-paced Activity: Prepare questions to ask the CHW.

MODULE 7: Interview with a Community Health Worker

Self-paced Activity: Review questions and reflections.

MODULE 8: Meet with Community Health Outpost Staff

Group meets with health outpost staff and nurses. Self-Paced Activity: Group conducts research to better understand Ghana’s NHIS system and how it compares to other health systems in Panama and Honduras. The group begins to work on the Children’s Educational Workshop and start preparing the final impact report.

MODULE 9: Pharmacology Discussion

Pharmacology discussion to review types of medication used in the clinic, as well as traditional medicine and treatments. Self-Paced Activity: Group reviews, analyzes, and discusses community data, and compares to common diagnostics in their home country. Group shares health workshop materials for evaluation and feedback.

MODULE 10: Community Medical Data

Discuss previous patient records and analyze epidemiologic trends from previous clinics. Discuss common diagnoses and treatments ahead of clinic days. Self-paced Activity: Review questions and reflections.

MODULE 11: Clinic Preparation

Group is introduced to the GB doctor, clinic flow, and stations. Self-Paced Activity: Group shares health workshop materials for evaluation and feedback.

MODULE 12 & 13: Rural Clinic Days*

Live-streamed clinic where students will shadow patient consultations. Self-Paced Activity: Group reviews, analyzes, and discusses community data, and compares to common diagnostics in their home country.

MODULE 14: Rural Clinic Recap

Doctors, dentists, and pharmacists provide a summary of clinic days. Doctors and students discuss interesting case studies and patient interactions. Self-paced Activity: Review questions and reflections.

MODULE 15: Monitoring & Evaluation

Impact review reporting and data analysis. Self-paced Activity: Prepare final Impact Report.

MODULE 16: Final Reflections, Presentations, and Cultural Performance

Group presents their Impact Reporting and Reflection Presentation, receive Certificate of Achievement, & are treated to a cultural performance.

 

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Through virtual or in-country programs, Squads are passionate groups of volunteers who mobilize abroad to create positive change. Each Squad type has a skill-based focus area that support the education, health and economic development objectives of community partners.
Squads are passionate groups of volunteers who mobilize abroad to create positive change. Each Squad type has a skill-based focus area that support the education, health and economic development objectives of community partners. Faculty choose their dates, duration (typically 1-2 weeks), and their site location from one of our six program countries.
Squads Abroad is a 501c3 non-profit organization under our parent company Global Brigades, a Platinum Level Guidestar member for Financial Transparency. Since 2004, our organization has collectively mobilized more than 70,000 international volunteers to help resolve global health and economic disparities around the world.