Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
HCP’s partnership with Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, gained significant momentum in 2010 when ground was broken for the construction of the modern surgical training facility that will serve as an eye surgery training center for West Africa in addition to increasing KATH’s capacity to provide high-quality care. With support from USAID/ASHA, the new training center will open in 2012.
Training for eye care professionals in Ghana
In addition to administering the USAID-supported construction project at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, HCP has contributed to the training of KATH clinicians, administrators and residents through follow-up visits by HCP affiliated ophthalmologists and personalized trainings.
In conjunction with the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah, HCP began working in Ghana in 2006 with a cataract surgery training workshop in Kumasi at the Komfo Anoyke Teaching Hospital (KATH). For over a decade prior, ophthalmologists from the Moran Eye Centre had been traveling to Ghana and working with the ophthalmology department in Kumasi.
In 2006, a surgical team from KATH including Dr. Seth Lartey and two ophthalmic nurses, Charity Mayfair Oppong and Esther Bortey, trained at Tilganga. Following this training, Dr. Lartey and his team began managing and conducting outreach eye clinics in Ghana.