Daily Archives: 17 November 2015

ISUOG Outreach in Ghana: Kicking off day two!

Each of the trainees spread out to different regional hospitals this time to take a group of 8 trainees with them for hands-on work.Ghana4

Today, we’ll be focusing on Old Tafo Hospital located in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood of Kumasi. Droves of patients waited for the ISUOG team near the manicured courtyard of the hospital, dressed in their colorful garments that reflected the tradition of the Ashanti region. The trainees were as excited as Janet Horenstein and Tammy Anderson and guided the group on using the new GE Voluson P8 machine, which was donated to the hospital. “These trainees are both enthusiastic and passionate about scanning and making a difference in the lives of women,” says Gesù Antonio Báez, ISUOG’s International Development Officer who’s reporting from Kumasi. “It’s inspirational and promising for the future”.Ghana7

The training session also helped reveal a heart defect in a 3rd trimester patient, prompting the trainees to take action in advising an emergency C-Section and careful monitoring once the baby is born.

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“I’m loving this new machine,” says Adams Abekah who is based in Old Tafo, “but I’m excited to learn more and [perfect the techniques.] That is my dream.”

Stay tuned as we visit the trainees in the other hospitals in the Kumasi Metro region!

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Day One – Return to Ghana!

And we’re up and running! ISUOG kicked off the first part of Phase II of our Outreach program in Kumasi, Ghana. The day started strong with Project Leader  and Outreach Committee Chair Anthony Johnson (USA) introducing the Outreach Volunteers to the 25 trainees at Kumasi South Hospital.

This time round, 15 of the trainees were basic with no previous ultrasound experience while 10 were advanced, having previously participated in the last program.

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If there was a key word for the program this time, it would be empowerment. Two of our strongest trainees from our last trip – Yusif Yacub and Buah Hamilton – are joining the ISUOG team and are teaching the trainees themselves, tackling topics such as ectopic pregnancy and second trimester scanning. It must be said, Yusif stole the show with his charismatic presentation skills and stories from the scanning room.Ghana15

GE Healthcare’s Tammy Anderson explained to the group how to use the new machines – three brand new beautiful voluson ultrasound machines – which was the cause of much excitement once the group to the chance to scan during the first live scan session, led by Tammy and Janet Horenstein (USA). It was a really special moment too as one of the patients being scanned had not had an ultrasound until that day and was overjoyed by the image of her unborn son.

Ghana17Theodora Pepera-Hibbert (Ghana/UK) focused her talks on using ultrasound for Gynecology cases and, despite the projector breaking down half way through during her presentation, her passion for scanning radiated in her engagement with the group and helpful insight on proper scanning practices, such as speaking to the patient and communicating with her about the procedure.

Day one was rewarding and jam packed, but only a taster of how the rest of the week will be – stay tuned!