Problem & Justification:
Throughout the world, major public health challenges exist, particularly for women and children. Women and children are among the world's poorest people and are at the greatest risk for disease, disability and premature death. Omicron Beta believes that healthy women lead to healthy families which leads ultimately to healthier communities.
Objectives: Consistent with Sigma Theta Tau's goals of advancing global linkages and providing opportunities for members to link with others globally, the purpose of this project is to:
Methods: At its March 14, 2002 Executive Board meeting, Omicron Beta adopted two Initiatives for 2002 - 2003:
"Adopt a Village" Offinso in the Ashanti Region.
Offinso is a small village about 10 miles northwest of Kumasi. It is a village that was adopted three years ago by an Omicron Beta member who spent an extended period of time in Ghana teaching and revising curricula at the university, and conducting research. This individual periodically takes medicines such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cough syrups, pencils, pens, writing tablets, paper clips, T-Shirts in good condition especially with state or sports logos, and generic eyeglasses to Offinso. For the past two years the Student Nurse Organization (SNO) at SUNY Brockport has joined her in this effort. Deliveries are made once or twice a year. In this small way we help to improve the human condition of folks in this village.
Dr. Kwabena Adu Poku
School of Administration
P.O. Box 78
University of Ghana
Ghana, West Africa
Tele: 011 233 21 500592
Formalize a linkage with the Department of Nursing at the University of Ghana for the purpose of enhancing understanding of the global community. Through the use of monthly emails, and by developing a link through the existing Omicron Beta web page directly with the University of Ghana, we would suggest ways to deal with such problems as unclean, unsafe drinking water, cross contamination of crops, and protection against the intense scorching heat.
A two-way question and answer exchange will be established for the purpose of assessing both communities. For example we could ask questions about particular challenges in Ghanaian communities, raise questions about community assessments students and faculty might have, as a way of increasing their knowledge about Ghanaian communities. They would respond via email or bulletin board and would in turn raise questions they might have about the United States. It has been proposed that we hold a chat session once or twice a semester, and/or arrange a teleconference on a topic of interest to both communities every few years, all in the spirit of bridging, and even building communities internationally.
Finally, we will encourage nurses to consider practicing in Ghana and other parts of the world, by taking advantage of such opportunities as those offered through the Peace Corp., Fulbright, International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) programs, and encourage nursing students to participate in study abroad programs.
In respect to Ghana, a nursing student will be encouraged to participate in the SUNY Brockport Intercession Program in Ghana. Every 2 -3 years, we plan to offer a small stipend for the student who does this, with the expectation that she/he will visit Offinso (our adopted village), formally meet with designated representatives, assess changes, identify improvements, and ongoing challenges facing the village.
University of Ghana
Department of Nursing
P.O. Box 44
Ghana, West Africa
Tele: 011 233 21 500399
The Ghana Connection is a small step in the right direction. Formalizing a linkage with The Department of Nursing at the University of Ghana, and Adopting a Village in rural Ghana is an ideal way to advance global linkages. This proposal identifies ways in which the Omicron Beta membership can be helped to broaden their perspectives about how others view and cope with health challenges. However, as we seek ways in which we can broaden our scope into other global communities, it is important to stress the need to continually address issues and challenges at home. LEST WE FORGET!
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