Hospital trust launches partnership with Ghana Health Service

Southampton’s university hospitals are teaming up with the Ghanaian Health Service and children’s rights organisation Afrikids to strengthen healthcare for people in Ghana. 

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Mark Hackett will launch the partnership with Ghana Health Service regional director Lucio Derry and Afrikids Ghana director Nich Kumah at an event on Monday (24 May).

Taking place at Southampton General Hospital, the ceremony will mark the cementing of a partnership programme in the country’s Upper East Region that began last year.

The Trust and its voluntary staff society Southampton Overseas Health and Medicine (SOHMED) will work in conjunction with leading charity Afrikids to help provide the Ghanaian Health Service with medical skills, training and guidance.

Speakers will discuss the mutual benefits of health partnerships, NHS-wide support for overseas links and the progress made in Ghana so far – a country with a 1:36,000 ratio of doctor to population. 

Dr Ollie Ross, SOHMED lead and chair of the Southampton-Afrikids-Ghana Steering Group, said: “This partnership will enable us to support hard-pressed healthcare workers, providing hospital care to the people of the Upper East Region in Ghana and we are all very excited about the possibilities that lay ahead.”

In addition to their work in Ghana, Trust staff also provide healthcare support in various other countries including Nepal and Ethiopia.

The event, which will also see the launch of a fundraising initiative, will take place in lecture room A, South Academic Block, Southampton General Hospital, from 4pm to 6pm on Monday 24 May.

Posted on Friday 21 May 2010