By Lauren Monsen -- First lady
Melania Trump took her "Be Best" campaign in support of
child development to Africa on October 2, visiting a
hospital and hugging an infant after arriving in Accra,
Ghana, on her first major, solo international trip.
In a colorful airport ceremony, she was greeted by
Ghanaian first lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo and presented
with a bouquet of flowers by an 8-year-old girl, both of
whom wore traditional kente cloth.
Drummers played, schoolchildren waved flags and
At Greater Accra Regional Hospital, the American
first lady distributed teddy bears and blankets
emblazoned with the "Be Best" slogan of her initiative
to boost children’s emotional, social and physical
She toured a clinic and the hospital’s new neonatal
intensive-care unit, held a baby, and spoke with mothers
and hospital officials.
The hospital tour was followed by tea with Ghana’s
The White House said in advance that Trump’s mission
is to focus on maternal and newborn care, children’s
education and "the deep culture and history woven into
each African country, and how the United States is
supporting each country on its journey to
The first lady’s five-day trip also includes stops in
Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.