The Ghana Health and Education Initiative (GHEI) implements community-based public health programs in rural Humjibre, Ghana, and surrounding villages. GHEI systematically collects data through surveys to monitor and evaluate the programmatic strengths and weaknesses of these programs, so the programs can be modified to be more effective. Students will work on-site alongside GHEI staff and trained data collectors to assist in data collection from a random sample of households in Humjibre and all households in two smaller nearby villages. Topic areas covered in the questionnaires will include malaria prevention, maternal health and nutrition, and health and nutrition for children under five years of age. Data will be collected by Ghanaian data collectors in Twi, the local language, and students will review all the data for systematic and other errors, code, enter and clean data, and manage the logistics of data collection.
Students will learn the nuances of program implementation and evaluation at the local level, how to work in resource-poor settings, how to communicate effectively across cultures, and about the challenges and rewards encountered in implementing health programming in a rural developing country context. During this program, students will live in the village and have the opportunity to visit Ghana’s Cape Coast and visit in Kumasi, the largest open-air market in West Africa and the Centre for National Culture. Students can opt to pay their own expenses to stay in Accra to visit Accra and the LDS Temple and other sites in Accra before departure from Ghana at the program’s conclusion. The program is limited to eight students. Spots not filled by BYU students will be filled by university students and health professionals outside of BYU.