Passionate about expanding her knowledge, second-year Child Nursing student Bethany Attwood will be travelling to Ghana to care for sick children as part of her undergraduate professional placement.
Bethany, aged 20 from Warrington, decided she wanted to visit Ghana to gain experience in different healthcare settings, particularly within a developing country.
With the help of healthcare placement organisation Work the World, Bethany will be flying out to Takoradi early next year, where she will have the opportunity to work across several units in Ghana’s healthcare system.
Work the World create award winning placements for students and healthcare professionals, and as well as organising her transport and accommodation, they will provide free language lessons so that Bethany will be able to speak with the residents in Fante, Ghana.
“I feel the trip is so important because since 2011 we have seen an increase in children born from Ghanaian families in the UK,” said Bethany. “This trip will not only benefit those in need in Ghana but also my future career by having experience from a developing country.”
During her four-week placement, Bethany will spend time on an inpatient ward where she will help to care for children who may have cases such as malaria, haemolytic anaemia, pneumonia, sickle cell disease, typhoid and meningitis. Next, she’ll work the outpatients unit, treating around fifty cases a day which will include children with some of the conditions mentioned above, as well as skin and ear conditions. Her third week will be spent in Obstetrics, helping the Ghanaian mothers give birth to their babies, and she will spend her final week in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, caring for babies who are severely unwell.
“The amazing part about my placement in Ghana will be having the exposure of conditions in children which we are unlikely to see in the UK,” said Bethany. “As Ghana is a developing country I will have the chance to care for children suffering with malnutrition and attend HIV clinics. During the weekend I will have some free time in which I will visit the local orphanage, and I’m hoping to take an extra suitcase full of toys, clothes, pencils and notepads to donate to the children.”
Bethany is hoping to raise £2,000 to help fund her placement. If you would like to help donate towards her trip visit her GoFundMe page.