A goal of the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (KBNF) is to encourage student interest in the continued development of healthcare and medical research in West Africa. As Chair of Research for KBNF, as an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosciences and Cell Biology and as a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor, I find it significant to inform students of the importance of viewing healthcare, education and research on a global level. I relay to them my experience with the KBNF, in regards to assisting in creating a team to develop a neuroscience research program at the University of Ghana.
We want to recognize the outstanding students from UTMB who dedicated their time and service to contribute to health-care and research in West Africa. I served as a faculty mentor to the students listed below and The Global Health Program at UTMB provided financial support and additional mentoring to the students for their travel to Ghana. Posted on our website the coming week are comments from Rosalyn Adigun, MD PharmD, Roslyn Oduro and Amara Uzoma-Uzo regarding their experience in Ghana. We congratulate these ladies for their unselfish commitment to others.
Lisa Cain, Ph.D.
Chair, Research for the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation
Another splendid packing day took place at VGH’s old laundry facility, as KBNF gets ready to ship two more containers off to Ghana. One will head for Techiman in the northeastern region of the country and the other to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
We are so very grateful for the energized efforts of Christina Chiu and her dear friend in organizing this event. Facebook was the prime communicator, and we are ever so pleased that these university students are ready to help us again real soon.
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Last week, Brenda and I had the privilege and pleasure of attending Mr. Johnson Osei’s retirement party. A social worker for the BC Ministry of Children for many years, it was a night of warm celebrations. Whether it was the Ministry lawyer, leader, colleague or friend, everyone had passionate words for this dear Ghanaian man with a great big heart for children.
We honour Johnson, who has been a faithful member of KBNF since almost our inception.
Have a superb retirement, Johnson! Only not too restful, as KBNF needs you to volunteer for oh, the next 30 years!!!!
TIME: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LOCATION: VGH, ground floor (old laundry department)
We are working on getting our hospital linens and supplies – so graciously donated by western hospitals – packed up for transfer to a need hospital in Techiman, Ghana. We need to be ready to transfer them ASAP.
We need your help sorting and packing – grandmothers, children, anyone, all are welcome!
On Saturday, February 2, we are congregating in the VGH old laundry department (ground floor behind Centennial Pavilion) for our next major work party. We’re planning to have a potluck to keep us all energized as we work.
We’ll begin at 9 a.m. Please join us. You can come and go throughout the morning and afternoon as your day permits.
If you are lost, give Christina a call at 1.877.468.6380 and she’ll be happy to help you with directions.
We hope to see you there!
First and foremost I wish to express my appreciation to the Executives of the KBNF for appointing me as a member of the Board. The thought and trust reposed in me are very much appreciated.
As a Ghanaian with some Canadian experience, I believe my best contribution to the team would be to offer local insight about the project and other projects, and to make the relationship between Ghana and Canada as seamless as possible. Among other things, I think I should be disposed to do the following:
- Sensitize Ghanaians about KBNF through the media and other networks.
- Encourage Ghanaian contribution to the projects in Ghana, thereby spreading the power base and ownership from major donors and medical professionals to ordinary Ghanaians, including corporate Ghana.
- Engage in such other activities that will promote KBNF in Ghana and elsewhere.