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Empowerment – final day of Ghana program

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Trainee Abekah Adams Jonah of Old Tafo Hospital visibly proud on his new scanning capabilities  (Image courtesy of Gesu Antonio Baez for ISUOG Outreach)

All good things come to an end, as they say. After a compelling five days conducting the Outreach program in Kumasi, it came to conclusion on Friday, 20 November.

There could be only one word to summarise the final day – empowerment. And surely the trainees finally felt empowered as they began to operate and scan the machines by themselves (under the watchful eye of their trainers, of course). Most precious of all were their smiles when they scanned on the donated GE Healthcare Voluson machines and began to understand the images they were scanning, while their trainers exuded pride from their faces in the backround.

The program wrapped up with a closing ceremony at the Regional Conference Admin Centre in Central Kumasi, featuring closing talks from Outreach Chair Dr. Anthony Johnson, the partnering NGO’s Executive Director Mrs. Abenaa Boateng of Women’s Health to Wealth (WHW) and addresses made by the Regional Director of Health Services for the Ashanti Region and the Director of Kumasi Metro Area. The address emphasised the importance of the training to local women and the Regional Director reminded the trainees that their primary mission was to serve the women of Ghana; a mission they should always remember in their practice.

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Women’s Health to Wealth Executive Director Abenaa Boateng giving closing remarks besides the Director of Kumasi Metro and the Regional Director of Health Services in the Ashanti Region. (Image courtesy of Gesu Antonio Baez for ISUOG Outreach)

Certificates of achievements were awarded to each participant, distributed by ISUOG’s International Development Officer Gesù Antonio Báez and the Regional Director. The ceremony proved to be emotional towards the end as several trainees expressed their gratitude for what they learned and the difference it made in their practice. “You taught us to expect more of ourselves and go beyond” said trainee Alberta Nintang of Kumasi South Regional Hospital.

But this isn’t the last that the trainees will hear from their trainers. Following the program, the trainees will continue to keep in touch with their trainers via WhatsApp, a popular mobile text messaging app, which will allow them to share scanned images from across the globe and receive constant support and feedback on the quality of their scanning from their mentors in the weeks to follow.

“We’ve given you the tools,” said Dr. Johnson in his closing speech, “it’s on you to use them.”

 

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Dr. Anthony Johnson giving the closing address (Image courtesy of Gesu Antonio Baez for ISUOG Outreach)

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On the road again – we’re returning to Ghana!

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(Image courtesy of Manna Kamio Badiella for ISUOG Outreach – Kumasi 2011)

They say two times is a charm – and boy they weren’t kidding! We’re excited to announce that ISUOG Outreach will be returning to Kumasi, Ghana on 16 November for the second phase of its development program in the region, in partnership with local NGO Women’s Health to Wealth and GE Healthcare. Led by Outreach Chair Dr. Anthony Johnson (USA), the team will consist of returning volunteer Dr. Janet Horenstein (USA) and first time volunteer Dr. Theodora Pepera-Hibbert (UK/Ghana) while empowering two local trainers, Dr. Buah Hamilton (Ghana) and Yusif Yacub (Ghana) as they progress to become local trainers in ultrasound in OB/GYN. Both Yusif and Hamilton have taken part as trainees in the past three training trips so we’re excited to see their progression to the next phase of this program, which goes to the heart of the ISUOG Outreach credo – sustainability and empowerment. ISUOG’s International Development Officer, Gesu Antonio Baez and GE Healthcare’s Tammy Lynn Anderson will also be joining the team as the program takes an exciting turn to teach the teachers and ensure long lasting impact in the region. Be sure to follow this space as we highlight the events throughout the week we’re there and to read more about our previous work in Ghana, click here.