Students visit Ghana
By Willie Kiernan
Two Cazenovia High School students participated in a medical mission trip to rural Eastern Ghana, Africa. From Nov. 1 to 9 last year, Heidi Bullock and Billy Reed joined their fathers, Pastor Doug Bullock and Dr. David Reed, on a trip that was a continuation of a mission relationship that Eastern Hills Bible Church has established with about 15 remote villages, near Ho, in the part of the country between Lake Volta and the Togo border.
"These are extremely poor and primitive villages, which do not have electricity, where the locals live in thatched huts with dirt floors, and their generally is no well or other source of clean water," said David Reed, MD faculty of Emergency Medicine at Upstate. "The villages are two hours drive from the small city of Ho, on washboarded dirt roads, followed by driving on bush trails into the villages."
These four were accompanied by seven other Central New Yorkers including, nurses, another doctor, as well as several other members of EHBC.
"The predominate role for the two teens was to participate in the delivery of medical care in the remote villages," Dr. Reed said. "During five days of remote medical work, they had a key role in the delivery of parasite medications to approximately 1100 children and through translators gave small talks to a village community on topics such as the advantages of good hygiene, the benefits of breast feeding, and on the prevention of malaria."
As a high school student, you may find my view of this trip slightly different from those who are older than I. Although I could give you the statistics of how many children we vaccinated or people we helped I feel that it is my job to give you more insight about my experience on trip.