The Neuro-Simulator Introductory Week is progressing well, thanks to an incredible team effort. This event is a first, as you all know, and has engaged everyone from KBNF, not just from Ghana and Vancouver but also: the University of Toronto team; the Canadian High Commissioner and his team; the Foreign Affairs Dept in Ottawa (they have been engaged in ensuring that the website coverage is acceptable); the Research Council in Montreal; KBTH (both the administration and neurosurgery department and the Anatomy Department which is superbly led by Fred Addai); two Ghanaian television stations (TV 3 + Ghana Broadcasting Corp); and individuals hat include the Hesse’s and Seth and Nii Otu.
John Sampson (DrUMM) helped immeasurably in finding Gloria Peprah, Broadcaster for GBC. She in turn ensured that I located Joel (broadcaster for TV3) and both arranged media coverage of the week’s events. Jocelyne and I had Gloria and Joel stay with us here in Vancouver during the Vancouver Olympics, and now consider them like family.
Dr. Adriana Lopez, Neuro-Simulator Team Neurosurgeon / Mentor and Melissa Cunningham, Researcher, arrived Sunday evening and were met at the airport by Sammy. Dr. Lopez and Melissa have been staying at the Hesse’s new rental apartment (adjacent to their own apartment) during their stay. With its three bedrooms wand private bathrooms, a full kitchen and living room, the pair love it. Dr. Lopez and Melissa have a designated driver for the week. The drive across the city is substantial each day but these ladies, having never travelled to Africa before, feel safer staying close to trustworthy and supportive KBNF family members.