Many communities on Lake Volta have little to no access to health care. One of the major problems facing these communities on is a disease called Bilharzia. Bilharzia is a water borne disease that is often found in more tropical and low-income 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. Due to lack of education on this disease that carries common symptoms, there is a general acceptance of the disease as something that is “normal” (although in some situations, it ultimately leads to death).
With a group of volunteers (nurses, doctors, social workers, etc), we periodically travel to communities on the lake to assess infections, treat ailments and educate/raise awareness on Bilharzia. We hope to help support and improve the lives of the men, women and children in our outreach.