|Sign in the OPD Department|
|Patients waiting for the gates to open|
In April Dr. Abdulai's clinic will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. Shekhina provides all of its services for free and is only able to run based on generous donations of organizations and individuals. Because of this, some staff told us, the clinic is not always able to operate. Some unique strategies have been used to adjust to resource availability. When it comes to housing Dr. Abdulai partners with chiefs around Ghana. Each chief is asked to build a home at the Shekhina clinic. If for any reason a person from that village then needs medical services, they have a designated hut to stay in at the clinic.
People from all around Tamale line up outside the clinic every morning. On average the clinic accepts 30 patients a day, plus review cases and emergencies. Since all services are provided at no cost the patients and residents assist in cleaning the clinic and maintaining the grounds. They then return the next day to be seen at the OPD.
|Out Delivering Hot Lunches|
|Hot Lunch Program|
The generosity and hospitality of the Ghanaian people continue to amaze and inspire us. We are grateful for the opportunity to apply our clinical knowledge, but we are equally (if not more) grateful for everything we are learning while being here. Everyday we meet people from vulnerable populations who continue to find joy, faith, and gratitude wherever they can.
|The Beautiful Staff|
~ By Victoria Cluett