Checking out the sleep sack
We had our final planning meeting last night which was graciously hosted by Dale and Elaine. Thank you for having us into your home! We went over all the last minute details and asked all of the questions we needed to ask! I have all of the Visa applications, and now all that is left to do is pack and get on the airplane!
The group of travelers is a great one and I think we will have a great time! We will be posting stories and photo’s as much as possible while we are there, so make sure to check the blog while we are away!
There is still time to donate as well if you have not already done so and would like to, http://www.meda.org/peoplecare
Counting down the days!
For anyone who knows me well, they know that I am absolutely terrified of bats! I can handle them when they are outside, but living in a big old stone farmhouse, we used to get the visitors quite frequently. My mom would have some good stories about what happens when a bat is in the house. She likes to tell the one about the time a bat flew in my room, I ran out screaming bloody murder, standing at the top of the stairs while the bat dive bombed me. Mom said I shook for the rest of the night! Or the time when there was a bat in the living room, I tried to run to the kitchen to safety but tripped over the carpet and knocked myself out.
Needless to say, when I discovered that there were bats in Ghana, lots of them, I was not impressed!
So, I guess the only thing to do is learn a little about them, so I know which areas to avoid!
The diverse bat communities of Africa provide a broad array of ecosystem services that directly and indirectly benefit human communities. The migration routes of the straw-colored fruit bat (Eidolon helvum) across much of Sub-Saharan Africa are critical to the pollination and seed dispersal of native trees to help sustain Africa’s threatened forests. Insect-eating bats, like the molosids (free-tailed bats) in Swaziland, have been documented to provide important pest control services for sugarcane farms. (http://batcon.org/index.php/our-work/regions/africa)
So I guess they can’t be all bad…
I know there are a lot of concerns regarding the safety of us traveling to Ghana with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Ghana does not have any cases of the disease and in fact, has never had an Ebola outbreak. We will still be taking precautions. This morning I ordered the above suture/syringe kit for each person in case someone gets sick. This way, we know we are using sterile equipment! We will also be packing gloves and hand sanitizer. We will not be in any hospital or health care setting where there is a potential risk, so the chances of any of us getting sick from Ebola are almost zero!
Of course, if something happens between now and then, we will reconsider. But as of right now, we will still be traveling! Only one month left to go!
Hello Everyone, just wanted to give you a quick update. As of right now, the team is still planning on going to Ghana in September. We just received a report this morning from Scott Ruddick, Director of Security services for MEDA. He has assured us that their are still not any cases of Ebola in Ghana and even if there was, the risk of us getting it are very low unless we have direct contact with sick people. That being said, there are still measures that we are going to take to stay safe. We continue to keep on top of the Ebola outbreak, and of course, we will not go if there is any real danger to us. I will keep you updated!
Excepted from the World Health Organization website;
2.1. Tourists and businessmen/women returning from affected areas in a country
The risk of a tourist or businessman/woman becoming infected with Ebola virus during a visit to the affected areas and developing disease after returning is extremely low, even if the visit included travel to the local areas from which primary cases have been reported. Transmission requires direct contact with blood, secretions, organs or other body fluids of infected living or dead persons or animal, all unlikely exposures for the average traveller. Tourists are in any event advised to avoid all such contacts.
We are continuing to monitor the situation! Our safety is a priority and we will not put ourselves in unnecessary risk.
I hope this outbreak stays out of Ghana so we can still go!