2011 Critical Care Medicine in Ghana program
Ghana is undergoing consistent national improvement, has a stable democracy, economic stability and good international relations with its neighbors. As the country continues to evolve so to must its healthcare system. Yet there are few critical care physicians (three in the country) and public needs for an efficient and effective system of providing health care to the sickest patients.
In May 2011 a team of physicians, nurses and students from Johns Hopkins Hospital collaborated with Doctors for United Medical Missions, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. They participated in a a multi-modal program designed to assist Ghana with improvements in critical care medicine. The program consisted of physician education, nurse education and research.
Courtesy of an educational grant from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and another from Doctors for United Medical Missions, Inc. two back to back critical care review courses were taught to participants from throughout Ghana at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. The Fundamentals in Critical Care Support Course (FCCS) is designed provide a basic foundation for health care providers who work in hospitals that do not have a critical care specialized physician. All participants of this two-day course received a copy of the accompanying text book.
Nurse members of the team have put together a fantastic critical care nurse review course that covered the basic fundamentals of critical care nursing. The course was held at both Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi and at 37 Military Hospital in Accra. The reception was amazing with participants coming to attend the course from all across Ghana and others traveling from Liberia and Sierra Leone in order to participate in the course. All course participants received a certificate of completion.
Critical Care Resource Assessment
The members of the Ghana critical care team traveled across Ghana to each hospital that has a functioning intensive care unit to engage in face to face discussions about the challenges faced by the units and to assess the human and material resources that are present at each unit. This portion of the project is ongoing and currently pending completion.
Collaborative support of the Korle Bu Neuroscience Foundation in its aim to develop a West African center of neuroscience expertise at Korle Bu Hospital in Accra, Ghana.