By Anna LeViere - Executive Director, Project Leader
Dear Friends and Supporters,
We are writing to tell you that Dr. Fofie, the OB-GYN who envisioned the Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Program as the first of its kind in the Upper West Region of Ghana, has sadly been reassigned to a hospital in Accra, the capital located in the southern potion of the country. This type of reassignment is not unnusual but it is dissapointing. Dr. Fofie was employed at the Wa Regional Hospital for serveral years and was not expecting to be relocated. However, in Ghana, health care is primarily provided by the government and as employees of government hospitals, physicians and other health officials can often be reassigned to other locations based on needs identified by the Ghana Health Service. Dr. Fofie's dedication and our close working relationship with him made us confident in the success of the Cervical Cancer Program. Thus, we were very sad to hear of Dr. Fofie's reassignment. While we are excited for his new opportunity in a large hospital, we will miss his passion and dedication.
Despite his move to Accra, Dr. Fofie remains committed to aiding us in the launch the Cervical Cancer Program and underscored the continuing need for a program of this nature in the Upper West Region. As such, he is helping us identify the best possible physician to take over and lead the establishment of the program now that he can no longer do so. The In-Country Director of MedPLUS Connect, Ackom Amuquandoh, is located in Accra and has met with Dr. Fofie to transition the program and is also partnering with the Ghana Health Services to ensure the sustainability of the leadership of the program. We will keep all of you updated but are confident that we will be able to find a physician who is equally as passionate about improving women's health in the Upper West and we look forward to making that announcement to you all soon.
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