BMC Guesthouse Rates Updated

We’ve just posted updated guesthouse rates on our “Accommodations” page. Due to inflation over the past year we have had to adjust our rates to be in US dollars.

Head over the “Accommodations” page for more details about costs.

You can also download our latest rates as a PDF:
BMC Guesthouse Rates (April 2017)

MDCG Physician License Renewal Fees Increase

The Medical Dental Council Ghana has increased retention (renewal) fees for licensed physicians from 200GHS to 400GHS (currently around 100USD). This affects all volunteer physicians who have previously been licensed and wish to return to serve at BMC.

You can see the new fees posted on their website in the Fees and Charges Amendment document (PDF).

Learn about Nalerigu’s Courtyard Poundings

Dr. Haun’s husband William has produced a short documentary about the courtyard pounding events the women of Nalerigu do together. It’s a great look at the traditions of Mamprugu and the spirit of unity in the community.

Tamale -> BMC Shuttle Cost Update

A minor update has been made to the BMC Guesthouse rates in regards to pickup/dropoff from Tamale. The roundtrip cost of 50GHS per person has been increased to 150GHS (40USD) in order to keep up with the cost of vehicle fuel and maintenance involved with the 300km+ drive.

The update has been reflected in the BMC Guesthouse Rates PDF.

Accra Baptist Guesthouse Rate Increases

The Ghana Baptist Convention’s guesthouse in Accra is used by many of our volunteers when arrive in-country or before they leave. The guesthouse recently updated their rates which you can find in the following PDF: Accra Baptist Guesthouse 2016 rates.

BMC’s Dr. Emmanuel Akatibo Gets Married!

Congratulations to BMC’s own Dr. Emmanuel Akatibo on his marriage to Margaret Apini on Saturday, February 6th!

The beautiful ceremony was held at St. Kizito Catholic Church in Zaare-Bolgatanga. A large delegation of BMC staff attended the wedding as well as some of Margaret’s colleagues from Nalerigu Senior High.

After the ceremony, a reception was held at the National Health Service Conference Center in Bolga. There guests congratulated the newlyweds in person as they enjoyed refreshments and music.

We pray that God blesses this matrimony and we look forward to welcoming the newly weds back to BMC soon!

Pharmacy Formulary Posted

Click below to download a PDF of this important document from the BMC Pharmacy. Volunteers may want to print a copy of this or save it to their mobile device before coming.

Head over to the Volunteers page for more details.

Congratulations, Dr. Haun & Family!

Congratulations to our own Dr. Heidi Haun on her newborn daughter Karen Jane (“KJ”). BMC’s wonderful midwives delivered the child on June 18th at 1:13pm. The beautiful little girl weighed 2.5kg and was 48cm long.

We are happy to report that both the mother and child are doing well and that Trey is very excited to be a big brother!

New Medical Protocol Posted

Click below to download a PDF of our latest version of this important document.

Head over to the Volunteers page for more details.

Videos from Nalerigu’s 2015 Damba Festival

2015 started off wonderfully with the annual Damba Festival’s lunar schedule having it conveniently celebrated on January 1-3. The word “Damba,” or “Damma” in Mampruli, means “that we will come together” and is an event celebrated for centuries in Mamprugu. Chiefs from all across the region come together for one giant “family reunion.”

Here are some video clips from each of day of activities.

Day One

On day one, the highlight was the various ethnic groups (Mamprusi, Bimoba, Frafra, etc…) presenting their unique dances.

Day Two

The central piece of festival came on the second day when the senior King’s drummer, accompanied by a phalanx of royal drummers, sings a list of the names of chiefs and their kingly fathers which begins with the founder and ends with the reigning king.1

Day Three

The final day is actually just a continuation of day two’s festivities. Revelers dance the night away until the Nayiri emerges with his entourage at sunrise. Each of the chiefs are then coaxed out to dance one by one until the Nayiri finally returns into his palace after about two hours.