The G.A.S. partnership was officially launched in May 2010 in response to an urgent need to strengthen the medical care in the Upper East Region (UER) of Ghana. This is an extremely poor and isolated region of one million people, with healthcare indicators lagging behind the rest of Ghana. Currently one in nine children die before their 5th birthday with 70% of the people in the north of Ghana living on the equivalent of less than $1 per day. The challenges are immense and the region is very isolated but with the help of the G.A.S. Partnership, this situation is being turned around. The tri-partite partnership is made up of…
Ghana Health Service is the government agency responsible for healthcare delivery in the UER. They are committed to universal healthcare and work innovatively to achieve this .
Afrikids is a child rights NGO working with communities across northern Ghana through over 26 projects. They also own and run a hospital in Bolgatanga which is one of the 7 hospitals which is helped through the partnership.
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s major teaching hospitals. Passionate individuals from the trust helped to develop the Partnership by giving their own time and resources to design training programmes.
And it was from this route that Bishopsgate initially got involved. Bishopsgate have strong links to the medical sector and careful handling and distribution of ‘naked’ machines is just what we do. We met Keith Dowell, Director of Estates and Capital Development at the UHS to collect, package and prepare for transport equipment from Southampton General Hospital destined for Ghana. This donated equipment included mobile X-ray and ultrasound machines, anaesthetic treatment and training equipment, maternity training manikins, medical textbooks and maintenance tools.
Tim Bloch, Bishopsgate MD said, “We were very pleased to be asked to support this worthwhile charity. It is very clear that they are doing great things in Ghana. Our contribution seems like such a small part in the overall scheme of things but it’s practical, it’s real and I know that we are doing our bit to help make a real difference in improving people’s lives not only in providing our vehicles and our staff but our expertise too. It’s just nice to be a part of this whole project.
Keith added, “Several colleagues, not just myself, have been carried along by Bishopsgates’ tremendous enthusiasm and professionalism in sorting out how we could transport this much needed equipment to the remote Upper East Region of Ghana”
Please do get in touch with Afrikids if you feel inspired to support this worthwhile charity – I know that they would be delighted to have you on board!”