Visiting Ghana influenced my career in the prevention of diseases

Girlguiding Scotland is celebrating 25 years of building links with Ghana this year. Since 1991, members have taken part in exciting community building projects from building schools, delivering leadership skill trainings, to tree planting and providing sustainability education.

Claire Cameron was one of the first Guides to visit Ghana, and says it influenced her career path:

“Before the trip, the first thing was to arrange to get several vaccinations which were vital to keeping me and fellow Guides safe whilst in Ghana. It opened my eyes to vaccinations and infectious diseases that I hadn’t previously heard of and it was interesting to learn more about them.

“Following my trip, this interest followed me through my studies which led me to London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Now as Strategic Lead for Vaccine Preventable Diseases at NHS Health Protection Scotland, I look back at my experience on the trip and think that it was a major influence that got me to where I am today.”

Claire and other members who have taken part in the Building Links project will be reuniting for a celebratory dinner in Glasgow on 12 March 2016 to share fond memories of their trips and celebrate achievements over the 25 years.