CHILDAccra is pleased to collaborate with A Global Rotarian Medical Mission in mid July. The Mission will involve Rotary Club of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA, Rotary Club of Accra, Ghana, Rotary Club of Ho and CHILD & Associates. The Mission will engage 2 communities in the Volta Region (Nkonya-Wumpong districts) in care and prevention of Malaria, nutrition, water filtration and deworming. Data tracking will be implemented to assess the effectiveness of medical interventions provided. The CEO of CHILDAccra, Dr. Juliette Tuakli, will be the Medical Supervisor.
Beyond the Nets soap kitchen promoted malaria awareness at the 62 annual plant and crafts fair in Bedford, MA on Saturday, May 16. The repellent soaps were an amazing big hit!! This was the first public event for the BTN SOAP Kitchen.
Child and Associates welcomes a new addition to its team, Dr. Frometo Maurelo. He will be joining the ChildAccra family from April 1, 2015.
The CEO, Directors, and staff of Child & Associates congratulate Ellen on her graduation from Knust.
Dr Funke Baffour is one of the most renowned psychologists in the UK.
She has had an 18-year career as a lecturer, tutor and practicing psychologist working with children, young people and their families, and adults.
Dr Funke graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Middlesex University. Soon after graduating she was employed as a University Lecturer and began reading for her Ph.D. Her keen research interests, at the time, were eating problems and substance misuse. However, after some time Dr Funke felt that her career needed to take a different path; as the Ph.D. program did not give her the type of clinical contact that she had desired.
Dr Funke’s change of heart led to a career in Clinical Psychology. This enabled her to work with clients therapeutically; as well as keeping her research interests alive. She graduated from the University of East London with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Dr Funke, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, divides her time between clinical practice, training and consulting and writing books.
In her clinical practice, she offers a range of therapeutic interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to clients with a wide range of emotional and behavioral problems, such as anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship problems.
Dr Funke also holds the position as one of the Board of Directors for BUBIC, a substance misuse service for people in the community.
Dr Funke’s career has enabled her to be one of the most featured psychologists on all the main terrestrial stations in the UK. She has now become one of the most recognised psychologists on British TV. Dr Funke has been the resident psych for Big Brother UK since 2008. She has been a regular contributor to ITV’s Day Break, ITV This Morning and BBC The One show, talking about psychological issues. She also regularly appears on CNN International, giving expert advice on political and current affairs, and recently featured on TV3, Ghana giving her expert views on real life psychological issues (Please visit www.drfunke.co.uk for featured interviews).
Dr Funke has contributed to numerous articles for a variety of magazines and newspapers. She has written a number of books such as, Improving your Thinking; Love your Authentic Self; A Better Tomorrow; Good Monday Morning and High Risk Body Size.
The Ebola Virus is spreading across West Africa and has caused over 600 deaths since February, 2014
1. Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
2. It is only contagious once infected persons show symptoms of the disease ie. A person will get infected if in contact with someone already showing signs (fever, headache, body pains or vomiting).
3. EVD has a high case fatality rate of up to 90%; meaning 9 out of 10 people who contract the disease may die.
4. The virus is transmitted through human-to-human transmission or from contact with/eating of infected bush meat (antelope, monkey, grass-cutter or bats); blood, secretions or any other infected person’s bodily fluids.
5. Contact with dead bodies of infected persons will cause infection with the virus.
6. The symptoms of Ebola include fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat.
7. The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is 2 to 21 days. Regular hand washing with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60 percent alcohol; especially before eating, after visit to toilets etc. best prevention.
8. Be aware. Get as much information as you can about Ebola. Protect yourself and your family. Prevention is better than cure.
The recent outbreak of Ebola Virus in West Africa has captured public attention worldwide. It was identified by the World Health Organization as one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century.
Whist the common news updates have gone quiet it remains a challenge on the ground in the affected areas especially in Guinea and in Liberia.
Ebola virus disease also known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever is one of the most virulent diseases. It is a severe, often fatal illness; with a case fatality rate of up to 90%.The illness affects humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees). Despite these facts it is a very UNCOMMON disease.
The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. In Africa, infection has been documented through the handling of infected chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest. This recent outbreak, cases were first reported from forested areas in south-eastern Guinea.
Those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people, mourners who have direct contact with the dead bodies, and hunters in the rain forest. Those who do not have CLOSE contact to infected persons have a very low risk of contracting Ebola.
Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. Unfortunately, no licensed specific treatment or vaccine is available for use in people or animals.
Ebola virus disease outbreaks can devastate families and communities, but the infection can be controlled through the use of recommended protective measures in clinics and hospitals, at community gatherings, or at home.
CHILDAccra would like to update our clients about the current concerns and international new apparent spread of Poliovirus. According to the World Health Organization there have been some new outbreaks of this disease in Asia, Africa and the Middle East of late. The virus can easily spread across borders. “Pakistan, Cameroon, Syria, Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Nigeria” have currently been listed as the greatest risk of polio virus exportation in 2014.
Fortunately Ghana public health has followed stringent polio virus vaccination campaigns in the last few years rendering it well covered in terms of immunization. This reduces the risks for further outbreaks in Ghana tremendously. To date Polio has been eradicated in Ghana and there have been no new cases recorded lately.
Having said that, CHILDAccra recommends all clients to always ensure their vaccinations are up to date and also to ensure that those who are intending traveling to polio-infected countries to keep the polio vaccination especially check their vaccination schedule to ensure it is up-to-date. A dose of Oral Polio Vaccine should be given a minimum of 4 weeks before traveling. Additional booster doses if you are not sure of your status are not harmful in anyway.
The Polio Virus is fairly easily transmitted through person-to-person contact and multiplies in the intestines. It can then invade the nervous system, causing paralysis. Children under 5 who have not received any immunization are the most vulnerable.
Immunization protects one against an ever increasing number of infectious diseases, from infancy to old age. In this region your recommended vaccinations protects you for example, against pneumonias and the rotavirus diarrhea which are the two top causes of deaths among children under 5 years. Vaccines are generally safe and serious adverse reactions are uncommon. The disease prevention benefits of receiving vaccines are far greater than any possible side effects for almost all children.
For travelers, vaccinations offer the possibility of avoiding a number of infectious diseases that may be encountered abroad that travelers have little immunity to. If travelling abroad, always be informed about the risk of diseases in the country you plan to visit and the steps you can take to prevent illness.
There is no single vaccination schedule that fits all travelers and all countries. Each schedule must be individualized according to: previous immunizations, countries to be visited, type and duration of travel, and the amount of time available before departure. CHILDAccra advises you to consult one of a doctors to check if your schedule is up-to-date and which vaccines are recommended. We advise doing this if possible 4-6 weeks prior to travel to allow sufficient time for optimal immunization schedules to be completed.
In our clinic, we respect Ghana’s Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) for children. However, we provide a more comprehensive schedule of vaccines. In addition, we keep a healthy stock of many vaccines.
Our experience here in Ghana at Child and Associates has been very interesting. The majority of our time has been spent working on Malaria research. The research requirements gave us access to the contents of patient’s medical records. This inadvertently gave us a behind the scenes peek into the patient care that takes place here at this clinic. We would first of all like to take the time out to say it has truly been a pleasure working alongside Dr. Juliette Tuakli. She is truly an amazing person whom is not only role model to us, up and coming physicians, but has also been extremely hospitable to us.