By Anna LeViere - Executive Director, Project Leader
Dear Friends and Supporters,
As we shared in our last update, Dr. Fofie was reassigned by the Ghana Health Service and is no longer the OBGYN at the Wa Regional Hospital in the Upper West Region. We were crestfallen to learn that Dr. Fofie couldno longer lead the initiation of the Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Program and have been working diligently to find a suitable replacement physician to lead this initiative for the Upper West Region. However, we have not been able to do so.
The reason why there is no physician available to take over the program is the same reason why we wanted to start this program in the Upper West Region; it is a very underserved region without much needed health services. The shortage of physicians is felt throughout Ghana, but especially so in more rural regions such as the Upper West. Until a new OBGYN physician is assigned to the Upper West Region, there is no one with the ability to implement a program of this scale.
Although we are deeply saddened that we will not be able to initiate the Cervical Cancer Screening in Treatment in the Upper West Region at this time, we want to reassure you that the funds raised and the supplies purchased for this purpose will not go to waste. Rates of cervical cancer are high among women in all regions of Ghana and the supplies we have purchased are highly valuable and beneficial to any hospital performing cervical cancer and treatment in Ghana. We have now identified two hospitals that serve a population of women in need in other regions of Ghana that have the capacity to lead this program. Once the selection is finalized, we look forward to sharing more information on the hospital, population and the next steps for putting the supplies and equipment purchased to good use.
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