My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Educational Pathways International, Incline Village, NV, USA
My name is Patrick Atule Ayibire, a second year Doctor of Pharmacy student of University for Development Studies (UDS). Ever since I became an Educational Pathways International (EPI) scholarship beneficiary, my life and that of my family had turned round for good. EPI had brought hope and joy to me and my family by lifting the financial burden off our shoulders. EPI has encouraged me to study hard and instill confidence and time consciousness in me since I joined the EPI family. Before I joined the EPI family, I was depressed and worried about my education since my family was not financially stable. This affected my self-confidence and most especially my academics. But that is a thing of the past now.
My colleagues and I embarked on “Safe and Effective use of medication” campaign where we patrolled the town of Tamale and some surrounding villages educating the people on the danger of self-medication and the negative effects of not complying to health workers directives of medicine intake. We encouraged them to abide by what the doctors tell them when they go to the hospital and take the full dose of their medication even when the feel like they getting well.
Again, my colleagues and I embarked on “Contraceptive campaign” campaign where we educated people on the various methods that are available to prevent pregnancy and STIs (sexually transmitted infections), their benefits and side effects and also advised them to opt for the one that best suit them. This campaign was necessary because in Tamale, teenage pregnancy is on the increase.
I wish to extend the various drug and health related campaigns to the Upper Regions since the problems of drug compliance and teenage pregnancy are also very big challenge in these parts of the country.
Also, the financial support I received from EPI helped me to support my brother who was an inmate at the Yendi Prison in the northern region catering for his foods and medication since he was sick whiles in prison. EPI has also helped me cater for my mother who was admitted in the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital in January 2020 for one month.
Also, I look forward to graduating with a First Class Division so I could further my education on Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology. Ghana is blessed with various medicinal plants such as neem tree, yellow oleander and others whose leaves, root and bark of various trees which are used for the treatment of various diseases and sicknesses locally. With the knowledge and skills from the Pharmacy School, I would extract the medicinal component from these substances and synthesize drugs from them with little or no side effect at affordable prices. This would go a long way to improve healthcare delivery nationwide and also make drugs affordable to the ordinary Ghanaian.
I would like to express my greatest gratitude to Educational Pathways International for assisting me achieved my academic dreams and ambitions and for enabling me to cater for my family financially. I say God continue to bless the EPI scholarship programme.