The clinic was virtually out of medications! For less than $10/year/family, most in Ghana purchase government sponsored health insurance that covers routine care and medications at local clinics. Due to economic issues, the government has not paid the clinics for those services in over 13 months. Without the insurance reimbursement, the Kongo clinic now has a bill equivalent to $36,000 with the local pharmaceutical supplier. Understandably, the supplier is not willing to extend more credit.
Thanks to Google Inc.’s generous policy of matching employee donations, we were able to set aside $1,000 for purchase of essential medications-antibiotics, fever control, pain medications, intravenous fluids, and even some much needed vitamins for children and pregnant women.
Filling the clinic vehicle at the pharmaceutical supplier in Bolga.