The Ghanaian Government and the Traditional Authority strive to do right for their citizens’ health, but in many places there is lack of access to basic health care. Many facilities are primitive buildings with no air conditioning to offer relief from searing Equatorial heat. Hospital beds and equipment, medical supplies and medicines are many times inadequate or simply not available.
Numerous healthcare organizations including Willamette Valley Medical Center (headquartered in McMinnville, OR) other Oregon hospitals, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle Children’s Home Care Services, and Capella Healthcare Hospitals have donated equipment and supplies filling over ten 40ft containers to date (2017). Other organizations including the Rotary, St. James Catholic school and Boy Scouts of America have donated medical equipment/supplies and many individuals have contributed funds in support. Newmont Golden Ridge Limited covers the shipping costs of the containers as does the Ntiamoah Foundation (headquartered in Accra, Ghana).
In October 2012, GhanaHope volunteers, including Dr. Steven Gordon a plastic surgeon, traveled to New Abirem to offer services and training to hospital staff. They screened over 70 patients and performed 23 surgical procedures including cleft lip and facial scar revisions. Even with rolling power outages Dr. Gordon and the surgical staff were able to complete their work. One month following the surgeries there were no post op complications reported. You can read more about the trip here.
During the most recent medical team’s trip Dr. Scott Diamond (general surgeon), Dr. John Neeld (GYN) and Lea See (CRNA) preformed 49 surgical procedures, again with no post op complications.