Author Archives: Matt

I’ll miss…

Julia and I, having completed the distribution, are heading home! Inspired by Vilas’s recent post, I thought I’d list the things I’ll miss most about Ghana (in no particular order). Coke. I will miss African Coke made with sugar cane … Continue reading

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Distribution!

Friday and Saturday we ran five distributions and gave away around 2,000 free bed nets to seven communities in rural Ghana! It feels so great to have completed this vital part of our project and so rewarding too. Most of … Continue reading

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Ghanaian Ingenuity

What is going on here? That is a LPG (liquified petroleum gas) tank that has been fitted in the trunk of a taxi in Ghana. I just came across this yesterday in the taxi that took us into the field … Continue reading

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Community Health Volunteer Training

Friday we spent the day training community health volunteers (CHVs) on how to administer our pre-registration survey. We have seven CHVs working with us in six communities. In sum, we are covering somewhere between 4,000 – 8,000 people but we … Continue reading

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Ahhhhh French champagne

The peanuts are good in Ghana. They are a little smaller and more crunchy than in the US. They are also really cheap. There’s a brand here called Becky Queen that’s pretty tasty. We picked up a large container of … Continue reading

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Shopping at Makola

I’m a big fan of Makola Market. At first experience it was frankly insane. It’s a giant, sprawling, packed market that spans many blocks. I’ve come to like it though. I have no idea where anything is, where I am … Continue reading

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Field Work

So we’ve selected our site to be in a collection of communities near Asesewa in Eastern Region. Yesterday, we went out to see our community partner, an organization called KLO Drivers Alliance, and meet some of the community health volunteers. … Continue reading

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