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Recent and Ongoing Projects

Many of the NPGH Fogarty trainees have contributed to the long-standing collaborations between the University of Michigan (UMich), the University of Washington (UW), and Ghana in emergency medicine, but one project focused on neonatal jaundice. Peter Donkor, head of the joint project at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) wrote this article about injury prevention, and UMich mentor Ron Maio has also written about the NPGH Fogarty research on trauma care.

Collaborating Institutions

The UMich has been involved in strengthening health-related capacity in Ghana for over 25 years. In 1985, Dr. Timothy Johnson, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, worked with a team of clinicians and policy makers from Ghana, the U.S. and the UK to develop a postgraduate Obstetrics and Gynecology clinical and research training program in Ghana. Compared to the prior model of training in the U.S. or UK, when the majority of trainees did not return to Ghana, this new model has a 98% in-country retention rate of trained providers and researchers and has effectively reversed “brain drain” while providing substantially improved access to high quality obstetric care in Ghana. This model program is integrated into the budgets of the major Ghanaian universities with support from the Ministry of Health and is fully self-sustaining. This process has paved the way for countless subsequent partnerships between UMich and Ghanaian faculty.

UofGhanaThe University of Ghana was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast and is the oldest and largest of six public Universities in Ghana. There are 865 faculty members engaged in research and teaching. The College of Health Sciences as well as Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Allied Health Sciences are located at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

kwameNkrumahKNUST was established in 1952. UMich collaborates with KNUST to develop and strengthen training and research capacity of emergency medicine physicians at KNUST in Kumasi, Ghana. Since 2009, UMich has provided on-site faculty for this new specialty training program at KNUST, including a Ghanaian-born Emergency Medicine physician from UMich and former Fogarty Fellow, Rockefeller Oteng, MD, who lives in Kumasi half of the year and served as the first EM Department Head. Departmental leadership has been handed off to our Ghanaian colleagues. Dr. Oteng remains on-site in Kumasi, and countless other physicians and researchers from Michigan participate in the training of the new Emergency Medicine residents.

There have been over 15 years of collaboration for injury research between KNUST and the UW that has significantly influenced policy in Ghana. The collaborative research in Ghana incorporates community-based surveys that include direct household visits and interviews. This research has been instrumental in developing and implementing low-tech and sustainable programs to establish or improve pre-hospital trauma care in Ghana.