A vital partnership
The GAS Partnership is a unique healthlink between the Ghana Health Services, AfriKids and Southampton University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust.
Medical professionals from Ghana and the UK benefit from sharing skills across teams, supporting their professional development in five speciality areas: imaging and diagnotics, paediatrics, anasthaesia and surgery, maternal health and estates planning and management.
Midwives, paediatricians and surgeons from the UK spend time with local teams in country, sharing knowledge and ideas. The focus for the partnership is to support the Ghana Health Service to strength healthcare systems in northern Ghana, whilst also helping professionals from the UK to enhance their skills to provide better care for their own patients.
As well as this, sourcing key equipment which is needed is another side of this work. Two, much-needed ambulances were driven out from Southampton to Bolgatanga in 2015 where they're used at the AfriKids Medical Centre.