One of the major problems facing communities on Volta Lake is a disease called Bilharzia. Bilharzia is a water borne disease that is often found in poor communities with limited access to safe drinking water and sanitation practices. There are little statistics on Lake Volta due to little or no medical services on the lake. This has also lead to an acceptance of the disease as something that is “normal”, even though in worst case situations, it ends up in death.
With a group of medical volunteers (doctors and nurses), we periodically travel to communities on the lake to assess infections, treat ailments and educate/raise awareness on Bilharzia.