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MoMic is the name of a project that despite not being a name everyone recognizes, will remain in the hearts of is beneficiaries forever.
The expectation many have of medical students in Ghana is that they stay out of trouble, keep up with the fast pace of their education, then they come out as doctors to make a change. Frankly, that is the mindset many people have. What they haven't realized is the change that these students are already bringing to their communities and people around them.
The University of Ghana Medical School, is home to some of the brightest prospects in the healthcare of this country. The ideas birthed in this school have gone a long way to help improve healthcare.
There is no doubt that medical school can get boring, and there's little done to give us this change of routine. Some students thought up a night of entertainment where they could mimic their lecturers in the spirit of humor. It was all about getting a break and the professors surely liked it too.
MoMic comes from the words model and mimicking. And it’s one reason why I love Ghana. Over the years, the students thought of expanding this to give it some more meaning. So now, MoMic is a full project that goes on for about 6 months and concludes every year in November. The third year class finds an issue they can tackle and they devote their time, effort and resources into getting this fixed. Over the years, issues like pre-eclampsia, childhood mental health and most recently, childhood cancers have all been addressed. Awareness has been raised, and sponsors have come on board to help with donations.
MoMic 2016 was one to remember. Some children at the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) received some treatment and have made full recoveries since. There were various outreaches to their ward and we spent time with the children and their parents.
Thanks to MoMic, more people now know children can actually have cancer, it is curable when detected early, and that there's hope for the future.
It's another year and the current third year group is preparing for their MoMic campaign to join in the fight against sickle cell disease.
This is why I love Ghana. There's a generation coming up, that believes in the future of the country. One that is already giving back to society.
About the author: Henry Eshun is a third year medical student and has seen firsthand the impact MoMic has made on creating awareness for a particular health issue in Ghana. He and other Ghanaian medical students are already making great strides to improve Ghana's healthy systems and services.