Health and Safety

Health Concerns

Students are strongly urged to have a complete physical and mental checkup prior to departure for the program. If you are on medication, keep it with you in your carry-on luggage.

During the first couple of weeks in Ghana, expect your body to experience significant adjustments. You will likely find that you are more prone to stomach and intestinal disorders during this time. This is often due to the changes in how food is prepared and the common bacteria found in this new place.

Be prepared – your system will adjust, but it may take time. Pack a medicine kit that will help you through these challenges.

It is very important that you stay conscientious about keeping yourself hydrated. Get in the habit of always carrying a bottle of water with you.

If you experience a high fever (101 degrees or higher), severe cramping or vomiting, blood in your stool, symptoms of dehydration, for more than a day or two, contact the University Hospital or the Centre for International Education at UCC to seek medical attention.

If you have a chronic condition, it is important that you discuss your travel plans with your primary care physician and request a clinical report that can be given to a specialist in the Ghana, if necessary.

All students are required to advise UCC of any health problems or considerations that might recur, or in any way influence participation in the program. With advance notice, UCC can direct you to a local medical professional to seek advisement regarding the services available and potential risks.