Below is a guest blog post from Maureen A. McTeer from White Ribbon Alliance (Canada).
Once again the White Ribbon Alliance (Canada) and the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health teamed up to assist women in Ghana. Two years ago, with the generous donation of hospital supplies and medical equipment from Food for the Hungry Canada’s medical arm IMED in Saskatoon, a maternity ward was equipped at the Korle Bu tertiary care hospital in the capital, Accra. This year, thanks to a generous donation of four mammogram machines from Dr. Murray Miller of Mississauga, Ontario (Canada), we were able to provide two mammogram machines for the Korle Bu and one each to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi and the Tamale Teaching Hospital in Tamale, Ghana. The four machines sent this year will replace the only working mammogram machine at Korle Bu — a gift from Japan in 1992. Canada’s High Commissioner to Ghana, H.E. Mrs. Trudy Kernighan, officially handed over the machines to Prof. Nii Otu Nartey, CEO of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital earlier this spring.
A new addition for this project was the training of two professional technicians from Korle Bu, who were flown to Toronto to train with professionals in Mississauga in how to assemble and service the sophisticated machines. Bruce Shaw, President and CEO of Xtron Imaging Inc. in Mississauga, Ontario, accepted both the responsibility and the cost for the training, a saving of over $20,000 to our group. Pastor Ransford Obeng-Gyamfi of Brampton, Ontario, generously offered technicians Jerry Hanson and Kekeli Kennedy accommodation during their week in Canada, which included a trip to Niagara Falls and dinner with members of Pastor Ransford’s Congregation.
So many people worked together on this project to ensure that Ghanaian women will have access to top diagnostic tools for breast screening to detect and diagnose breast cancer. These include Naomi Strasser, president of Arial Communications Group in Toronto, who introduced us initially to Dr. Murray Miller; Dr. Miller, himself, who generously donated the four mammography machines; H.E. Mrs. Trudy Kernighan, Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana and the staff of the High Commission in Accra; Bruce Shaw and his staff, including Brent Shaw and Crystal Mauer, at Xtron Imaging Inc., who trained our two Ghanaian professional technicians; Pastor Ransford and his Congregation at the Church of Pentecost Canada (Brampton) who housed and cared for them both during their week-long stay here; Ottawa philanthropist and women’s health advocate, Shirley Greenberg who once again covered the costs of shipping the machines from Toronto to Accra, as well as paying for the airfare and expenses of one of the technicians; another private donor from Deloitte (Ghana) who asked to remain anonymous, but who donated air miles and paid the $1000 cost of taxes on the cost of the second flight; Carol Mitchell, author, Denyse Campeau and her team at the CFWH for all their administrative help and ongoing partnership with us; Marjorie Ratel, President Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation / Korle-Bu Foundation — Canada; Rev. Seth Ayettey, Dr. Afua Hesse, Prof. Nii Nartey, CEO of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital; and finally Heather Johnston and Pamela Heneault, Ottawa, and Dr. Setorme Tsikata, Edmonton, from the WRA (Canada) team.
Thanks to all of you for a job well done!
Maureen A. McTeer, WRA (Canada)