I was given an opportunity 10 years ago to support neurosurgery at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. Today, we have an international team of experts in health care, finance, construction, etc., devoting their time and skills in partnership with Ghana to establish transformative contemporary health care for the West African region.
Much international aid work IS being done to help Africans; however, giving them a full tool kit to establish independence is simply not yet a reality. A simple analogy goes like this. If you have nails, but not a hammer, and are trying to drive in a nail with your hand, eventually most would just give up believing it to be hopeless. For decades, African doctors who deeply care about their people have been working with such limited resources, that it is next to impossible to provide anything beyond rudimentary care. Training an African as a neurosurgeon and then sending him home to practice with only a thermometer and tongue depressor for tools, well you get the picture. Consequently, the brightest students leave the continent to follow their dreams abroad. Autonomy will not be achieved in our lifetime. But . . .
What our Langley-based international team of volunteers and specialists are achieving is to provide a full tool kit, in full partnership with Ghana’s government, national hospital and university. This includes supporting the building of a new and sustainable contemporary hospital at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, an Emergency and Clinical Specialties Centre, teaching and training the nationals on their continent, and establishing a world class neuro-research centre for tropical disease studies affecting the brain and spinal cord. It is a mammoth undertaking, but it is being done.
Many Ghanaians are world-class specialists and we, in B.C., receive benefits from their superb skills. Kofi Annan, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, is one example of a world leader who has recently returned home to build stability and advance the cause of Africa for the region.
Would you join with us? You would be a part of a world-class project literally breaking new ground. Please give us the opportunity of meeting you on October 16th and sharing these and more exciting developments.
In gratitude for your time and attention,
Marjorie Ratel RN BSN
Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation [B.C.] / Korle-Bu Foundation [Canada]