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posted Jul 18, 2012, 11:04 AM by Deworm Ghana

Deworm Blog: 18th July 2012

It’s our last day in the field today.  The team is feeling a little down as we are now into a regular routine and it feels strange that it is going to come to an end today. But, given how tired everyone is, there is also a slight sense of relief that by the end of today we will have achieved all that we set out to do.

We start at Oparekrom Local Authority Primary School. There aren’t so many children and they are relatively well-behaved so we have a fairly easy start to the day. Following the introduction and Q&A session we measure, weigh and hand out medicine to 138 children.

We’re packed-up quickly and soon onto the next school. This school – Nsawam Presbyterian Primary – turns out to be much more of a challenge. There are a large number of children and they are very unruly, difficult to manage and won’t listen to instructions. Although we divide the large group into two for the introduction and Q&A session, Mark and Hayford find it a real struggle to get them to listen attentively. We eventually get through it, though. And then we’re onto measuring, weighing and administering medicine again.

The chaos of the introductory sessions is repeated whilst the children are queuing at the stations. In addition to their normal responsibilities Johanna, Emilia, Martina, Enoch, Bettina and Mark spend a considerable amount of time trying to get the right child in the right place at the right time. Hayford, Simon and Stephen patrol the school playground rounding-up strays and trying to get some order in place. It’s hard work but we eventually process 284 children. Given the amount of time it’s taken, it’s disappointing to learn that we’ve processed fewer than we had imagined.

So, that’s the end of our fieldwork for Deworm Ghana 2012. It’s been a difficult day. But, when we look back at the last 8 working days and the 18 schools we have visited, we can feel a real sense of achievement of having done a good and worthwhile job.

All that’s left now is for Johanna, Emilia and Mark to finish the data entry and then compile the 2012 report.

It’s been a very rewarding and successful project for all those that have taken part. And, hopefully, it will have been of lasting benefit for the almost 5000 children to whom we have administered de-worming medicine.

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