I am also a 5th year at Newcastle University. I did my placement at a Government Hospital in the Eastern Region Of Ghana through Elective Ghana which is ran by Sefa and his colleague Adolph. Both really cool guys who will do their best to make sure you have a fabulous elective but get to see the best Ghana has to offer.
Enjoying the culture
“We just got back to New Zealand from our elective in Ghana, after a great 7 weeks at the Government hospital in the Eastern Region (2011). I enjoyed the culture and the medical experience. These guys will sort you out! We would recommend them to any students looking to get a safe, emmersive Ghanaian African experience! Cheers again.”
Travelled throughout the country
“I was a pre-medical student when I came to Ghana with Elective Ghana in 2009. Elective Ghana set me up with two hospitals placements for 3 months. In my time in Ghana, I was able to see a lot of interesting medical cases, volunteer in an orphanage, and travel throughout the country. Not only were the placements amazing, but Sefa was invaluable as a resource to plan weekend trips. He knows how to get around as well as which guesthouses to stay at. I loved my experience with Elective Ghana so much that I came back for the summer of 2011 after my first year of medical school. Am coming back again this March 2014 for a month placement. I cannot recommend Elective Ghana enough. It will be a phenomenal experience that you will never forget!”
Greatest place to do an elective
Ghana is MOS DEF the greatest place to do an elective. Sefa and Adolph sorted us out with a five week placement out in a rural area called Donkorkrom. It’s a small town but everyone is so friendly and the hospital staff needs students to get involved. We learned some really interesting medicine and more importantly got proper responsibilities in the clinics and on the wards. The guys also sorted us out with trips to go on at weekends, came out to see us regularly and made sure everything was generally kosher from the moment we got off the plane. All the best to anyone who's going to Ghana for Elective Ghana programs.
I can only echo what all students said
I can only echo what all students said about how incredible Elective Ghana they are! They will do everything possible to make sure you have an amazing elective. I spent 6 weeks at the Children hospital in Accra. I would recommend this placement. Ghana is a fantastic place to go for your elective if you want to see interesting medicine, meet amazing people and do some travelling around a fascinating country! Enjoy!
We were so pleased with everything
We arranged our elective through elective Ghana and were so pleased with how smoothly everything went! Everything from lifts to and from the airport, placement at the hospital, accommodation arrangements and travel arrangements were made for us. We really appreciate how much effort was put into ensuring we had the best possible experience in Ghana!
I am so glad I chose Ghana as an elective destination.. It was an eye opener and an amazing opportunity to experience medicine in a different setting. Elective Ghana had a lot to do with making this experience so enjoyable.
Thank you so much! :)
I found it an incredible experience
I was fourth year student from Sheffield Medical school and I did my elective in Ghana summer (2011).I found it an incredible experience and Ghana is an amazing place to visit. I participated in the Elective Ghana’s medical program in at a Government Hospital in the Easten Region of Ghana. The doctor in charge of electives made sure our placements were well organized within the hospital. I would recommend Elective Ghana to anyone wanting to visit sub-saharan Africa on elective is definitely the safest option. I travelled alone to Ghana and was really looked after by everyone involved. Elective Ghana made sure I was registered with the High Commission when I arrived and helped me to get a Ghanaian sim card for my phone, I would also get phone calls from Sefa every now and again checking everything was OK and he would visit the house if there was a problem. It was a very affordable route and a lot cheaper than some other companies offering electives. Visit http://www.electiveghana.org/ There are also opportunities to be placed in other hospitals in Ghana and community attachments are available from most hospitals.
We had a great time
AKWAABA! Welcome to Asesewa Government Hoapital! We had a great time. Everything that has been said here is true, so we didn’t want to repeat everything! Hospital is great, Dr Addai is AMAZING. Go to Wli falls - and HIKE ALL the way up! and go to Busua Beach on the West Coast. Be open to everything and eat as much local food as you can. Much love !
You’ll get to see lots of good medicine
Asesewa Government Hospital, Dr Addai = awesome and you’ll get to see lots of good medicine. ASK to get involved re. seeing patients on your own in OPD (a nurse will translate for you), scrubbing in at theatre, doing antenatal scans yourself etc.EVERYONE at the hospital from nurses to the lab man and the guys at the administration office are lovely and fun to chat with!
Helping people there
I am a premed student from the US. I decided to do this program since I have always thought my ideal career would be traveling to developing countries and helping people there. This was also my first time out of the US and it was an amazing experience. Elective Ghana made me feel very welcomed; actually all the people in Ghana made me feel very comfortable for my month there. Nsawam was great, the hospital doctors and staff were incredibly nice. Nsawam Government Hospital is not the most versatile hospital in Ghana but it does have a decent amount of diagnostic equipment (ie. X-ray, Microbiology lab, hematology lab, ultrasound). Outpatient Department is always the busiest with a lot of diabetic, hypertension and malaria infected patients. The days start around 7am but I would usually wait till 10 so I could grab a quick shower since water was only on a few hours a day. Also I only needed 1 pair of scrubs that I would leave in the surgical theater. I wore khakis and a polo the rest of the time.
We had an amazing time here
Akwaaba! Welcome to your elective at Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital. I’m sure you will have an amazing time here – despite the remote location of the area and all the challenges that come with that! The best advice I can give you is to take things are they come and appreciate that medicine will be practiced here in a different way to what you are used to in your home country. So use this as an opportunity to experience life as a health worker in rural Ghana, and with an open mind you will gain plenty from it!
We had learnt a LOT
Dr. Addai of Asesewa Government Hospital is amazing. Could not have asked for a better mentor. We had learnt a LOT. Go to Takokoradi & the west coast if you have time. Green Turtle Lodge is amazing & chilled. Amazing food plenty of fish + BBQ chicken. Spend New year there & had a wonderful time. Details in Bradit guide or their website. Make it to Mole National Park to the Elephants!. Have fun! Work hard, play had- we did!
We were very happy that we have chosen Elective Ghana
We have stayed in the Nsawam Government Hospital for 4 weeks. During this time we did a rotation system which allowed us to have a look at all the different departments of the hospital.
We were very happy that we have chosen Elective Ghana for our trip; they are doing a great work. It has been nice that we could call them to ask for help every time. If you ask for, they like to show you their country. It has been really fun that they joined us for so many things. We have gone dancing with them and it has been so great, you should not miss this experience. We really become friends and hope that we will see them in Germany soon:-) For all who will go to Ghana: Just relax and enjoy yourself and don’t be afraid!!! Ghanians are very, very, very friendly people! So just ask for help if you need.
We had such a wonderful and fulfilling experience
We had such a wonderful and fulfilling experience in Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital. It was such an eye-opener and the hands-on experiences were unforgettable. Thank you Elective Ghana and of course Dr. Brown (our medical supervisor) for making part of our journey in life so memorable!”
Run by cool guys
Hi Everyone! We are students from Queen’University, Belfast UK. We did our placement at Nsawam Government Hospital through Elective Ghana. Run by cool guys who will do their best to make sure you have fabulous electives and to show you the best Ghana has to offer. Sefa and Adolph can arrange electives in several different hospitals to suit your needs or interests. Elective Ghana is well established and they know what they are doing. There were 4 of us sharing a house at weekends we did lots of travelling and got to see most of Ghana. The people in Ghana are so friendly and the country is so beautiful! We can’t wait to come back! We made some friends for life and had an amazing experience. All made easy by Elective Ghana. We you guys!
Elective Ghana is amazing !
I came to Ghana as a premedical student and got placed at Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital and Spartenburg Orphanage in Dorkorkrom 2013. Elective Ghana is amazing! They really understand students and helps you smoothly transition into your elective. They did a great job helping us arrange for visas before the elective and met with us several times throughout the elective to get our feedback on how things were going. Great guys. I would be very comfortable arranging another elective with them!
Saw some amazing sights!
I stayed at Asesewa Government Hospital for six weeks with another student from Australia. We had an amazing time! The village is beautiful - small, green and the locals are so welcoming. We learnt a lot at the hospital and were able to see our own patients with help from a translator. The nurses and doctors were extremely welcoming and willing to teach. Asesewa is a bit further from most the tourist attractions in Ghana, but it was worth the travel time to be in such a beautiful rural village. We also spent a few days at a community outreach clinic which was a great experience. We travelled each weekend so were able to explore Ghana and see some amazing sights! Ghana is a wonderful country to do your elective and I would definitely recommend a placement in Asesewa.
I highly recommend Ghana to anyone
I travelled to Nsawam Government Hospital in Ghana for my final medical elective in October 2013. It was an amazing elective and I highly recommend Ghana to anyone who wants. Sefa was really helpful and flexible when arranging this placement and was of great assistance when organizing our weekends away. This is a brief guide to what I did and where I visited during my placement.
Overall I really enjoyed this experience and would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering it. Elective Ghana are doing great things and are super helpful with any questions you may have.
Everyone is very friendly
Akwaaba! You will have an amazing time here in Akim Oda. Everyone is very friendly. The good in the hospital canteen is so tasty, and Ike (who works there) will take good care of you. OPD with Dr. Anderson/Dr. Sakyi is good. Theatre is very interesting ( lots C- Sections and chance to scrub), and there is air- conditions so it is very good. Plenty of spots to have drinks on the main road. There is a seamstress on the road opposite the Total Garage - that can sew you dress/skirt/trouser if you buy fabric from the market and give it to her to sew. Akim Oda is a great base for some weekend travel….. Cape Coast, Elmina + Kakum National Park. Nzulezo + Beyin Beach Resort. Mole National Park! Saw Elephants!, Aburi Gardens. Volta Region- Tafi Atome, Wli Falls, Tagi Aburige Have a great time!
You will have a great time
Welcome to Akim Oda Government Hospital! You made a good choice to come here, not only is the hospital great, but it is also a great base for travelling. You can buy almost everything you need from the market (near the Total garage/Barclays Bank)
There are several internet café’s (they are all very slow!) I mostly used one just past the crossroads by the hospital on your left. Hope this helps you! You will have a great time and don’t forget to write in this before you go.
Midwives - both excellent!
We have been in Asesewa Government Hospital for 6 weeks. Make friends with the midwives if you want to deliver babies. Eunice and Gladys are the 2 “ IN CHARGE “ midwives - both excellent! OPD has been mentioned before - really good especially if you get your own translator and do your own consultations. Josehine + Ethel in the office are great. They like to hear about your weekend adventures and are really helpfull with ANY queries. We went to church with Josphine. Dr. Addai is fantastic teacher and really tries to get you involved. He is also equally relaxed about taking Fridays/ Mondays for travelling!
You can go and see Elephants!
Akim Oda is a great base for some weekend travel….. Cape Coast, Elmina + Kakum National Park. West Coast Busua, Nzulezo + Beyin Beach Resort. Mole National Park! You can go and see Elephants!, Aburi Gardens. Volta Region- Tafi Atome Monkey sanctuary, Wli Falls, Tagi Aburige
Interesting to visit places
We are two sisters from the Medical School of Hannover and Medical School of Göttingen, Germany Placed at, Akim Oda Government Hospital. We traveled around Ghana thereafter and flew out on 25th Sept 2013. Recommendations: • Ward rounds with Dr Anderson • OPD with Dr Anderson (don't hesitate to ask if you can try to consult) • Theatre (same thing – don't be shy to ask for scrubbing in) • Labour ward – You can witness natural births • Various sub-departments of the hospital are interesting to visit for a day (dentist, ophthalmologist, physiotherapy..) • Ask if there is a current outreach program you can join – chance to help with patient check-ups out of town • The different clinics (Antenatal, Postnatal, Diabetic, Retrovirus) are also worth paying a visit • Lunch at the canteen was always a good choice for us – however, as a very good alternative you can get red red (beans and ripe plantain with palm oil) from a woman selling food just at the back of the hospital (ask anyone for her, people will know)
This isn't strict, so feel free to go !
Hi there travellers! I hope you are ready for an adventure? Have a fun time at Akim Oda Government Hospital. There are 5 wards at the hospital – maternity, labor, paediatrics, male and female. At the start of your placement you will get a timetable rotating around these. This isn’t strict, so feel free to go where you please if you want to try out something different. There are also a number of clinic happening on different days.
Elective Ghana is an excellent program
Elective Ghana is an excellent program; they offer an experience which cannot be marched. I have been in Asesewa Government Hospital for 4 weeks. I recommend this program to anybody looking for a structured well designed and educative program
Enjoyed the culture and the medical experience.
We just got back to Germany from our elective in Ghana, after a great 4 weeks at Donkorkrom Presbyterian Hospital enjoying the culture and the medical experience. These guys will sort you out! We would recommend them to any students looking to get a safe, emmersive Ghanaian African experience! Cheers again