Whenever one speaks of a success or a triumph or a safe journey in Ghana, people often respond, “We thank God.” In my opinion, it is the most appropriate response to the last 24 hours.
Despite multiple flight delays and a few interesting glitches (that will probably be funny in hindsight) , our entire team of 59 landed in Ghana within ten minutes of each other. What a sweet reunion it was! We came from Ottawa, Toronto, Manchester, Newcastle, Belfast, London and Hamburg. Our people and every single one of our 200 bags arrived safe and sound. We are grateful for the amazing team at KLM, Raptim, Greater Toronto Area Airport Authorities, and Canadian Air Transport Security.
A fleet of wonderful NEA staff greeted us outside the Accra airport, and before we knew it, the NEA truck was loaded, and we were whisked off to our hotel. Despite the late hour, the hotel staff were ready and waiting.
Then this special 2019 Ghana Health Team enjoyed our first meal together.
We raised our glasses to our new friends — 14 brave team members joining us for the first time.
We raised our glasses to old friends — how special our bond has become over so many years of working together for such an important purpose.
We raised our glasses to our families and all our donors whose support has made this mission possible and whose best wishes and prayers will sustain us in the days ahead.
Ah, Ghana! It is a privilege to be here. We thank God indeed!
Dr. Jennifer Wilson, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP, DIMPH