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Ghana Outreach Project - Phase II, Trip II

Project Title: ISUOG Outreach training in ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology, Phase II - Part II

Location: Kumasi, Ghana

Dates: 13-17 March 2017

Project partners: Women's Health to Wealth (WHW), GE Healthcare

ISUOG Training team:
Dr. Tony Johnson, USA (team leader)
Dr. Janet Horenstein, USA
Dr. Theodora Pepera-Hibbert, UK/Ghana
Gesu Antonio Baez, International Development Coordinator, ISUOG
Sarah Stephens, Ultrasound Applications Specialist, GE Healthcare

Local ISUOG training team:
Dr. Buah Hamilton, Ghana

From left to right: Dr. Janet Horenstein, Dr. Anthony Johnson, Dr. Theodora Pepera-Hibbert, Mr. Gesu Antonio Baez, Ms. Sarah Stephens and Dr. Buah Hamilton.

Participants / trainees:
17 basic trainees, 5 advances trainees (4 physicians, 9 midwives, 4 nurses, 5 sonographers)

Hospitals: Suntreso, Old Tafo, and South Kumasi Hospital

Ultrasound machines: The 3 Voluson ultrasound machines were donated by GE Healthcare for this project and allocated to Suntreso, Old Tafo and South Kumasi.



Women's Health to Wealth (WHW)


Women’s Health to Wealth (WHW), is an offspring of the now defunct Millennium Cities Initiatives (MCI) founded by world-renowned development economist Jeffrey D. Sachs as the urban counterpart to the Millennium Villages. Women’s Health to Wealth began as a tiny women’s clinic at the heart of the bustling Bantama Market in downtown Kumasi, which serves some of the busiest women in Ghana’s second largest city. After working together for more than 10 years in Kumasi as part of Columbia University’s Millennium Cities Initiative, WHW’s directors are continuing their collaboration on behalf of the area’s women and girls, under the new rubric of Women’s Health to Wealth, it extended its reach to hundreds more women, families and at-risk girls.


GE Healthcare


This program is supported by GE Healthcare who have generously donated 3 ultrasound machines. GE Healthcare is one of the world's largest suppliers of ultrasound equipment. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employees are committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries.
GE’s "healthymagination" vision for the future invites the world to join them in their journey as they continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality around the world. 


Training week summary:


The week began with each trainer reporting separately to each training hospital and providing lectures in the early morning, followed by hands-on training for the remainder of the day (beginning at 8:00 AM and ending at 4:00 PM). There were a total of 18 trainees in attendance and all were previous trainees from the last program back in November 2015.

The training team was strong and cohesive which contributed to efficient teaching with Sarah Stephens as new addition to the team from GE Healthcare, replacing Tammy Anderson from Trip I. Yusif Yacub did not join the training group due to his departure from working within the Kumasi Metro Health Services. He was, however, present at Old Tafo where he is currently engaged in public health research and provides reinforcement training to sonographers at Old Tafo in ultrasound scanning.

Three GE Voluson machines were donated to the project initially and were now firmly placed in their new homes (Old Tafo, Suntreso, and Kumasi South).

Phase II Trip II identified five additional new potential new trainers in Ghana: sonographers Jonah Adams Abekkah, Osei Bonsu Sarpong, Prince Owusu, Bernice Nsobilla and Albert Adu Puku. It was agreed by the team that under the direction of Dr. Hamilton, this would form a strong group to potentially teach ultrasound in the Kumasi region and fulfil ISUOG’s mission. Having identified five additional trainers locally, the team has agreed with the Kumasi Metro Health Services that for Phase II Trip III, these trainees turned trainers should in turn be training in the next program, with the ISUOG trainers providing reinforcement to the trainers and supervising their training.


Midwives scanning together



ISUOG Outreach team going over slides for the week


ISUOG Trainee Osei Bonsu Sarpong guiding a fellow trainee on the "6-Step Approach"



ISUOG Trainer Dr. Buah Hamilton reviewing a trainee's scan at Kumasi South



ISUOG Trainee Evelyn Britwum going over an ultrasound report with patient at Old Tafo Hospital


 ISUOG International Development Coordinator, Gesu Antonio Baez, taking a selfie with the Ghana trainees

Test scores demonstrated learning, with high number of trainees scoring above 80% in the post-test, particularly in gynecology.



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 Women's Health to Wealth (WHW) representative and an address made by the Regional Director of Health Services for the Ashanti Region and the Director of Kumasi Metro Area, Dr. Alberta Britwum.

ISUOG would like to thank its partner, Women's Health to Wealth, for the work that was done in helping organise their program in addition to Ghana Health Services and the Ministry of Health for its full support of this endeavour. ISUOG would like to also express its gratitude to GE Healthcare for allowing Sarah Stephens to join the team. Finally, ISUOG would like to thank its passionate and driven team for a successful Phase II of the Ghana project - Dr. Janet Horenstein, Dr. Anthony Johnson, and Dr. Theodora Pepera-Hibbert.