27 Jan 2011

Volunteer Physiotherapist(s) Needed

We need Physiotherapist Volunteer(s) to set up a Physiotherapy Dept. at Dangme East Hospital, Ghana. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit Ghana, provide real help where it's most needed and leave a legacy that can support this region for years to come. Please pass this request to friends who are or may know physiotherapists who may be interested.

Mediterranea had been supporting this small district hospital for some years. Over that time we have fully equipped a biochemistry laboratory, sent a team of people to train hospital staff, kept the laboratory supplied with chemicals, sent over doctors, medicines, supplies, laptops, books and a Doppler to support pregnant women and vascular pathology.

We have agreed with the hospital to set up a Physiotherapy Dept. A fair amount of work has already been done, the hospital has allocated space for the new dept. and we have obtained and delivered of the following items:
Collar and cuff 4
Bi lateral braces 2
Zimmer frames 2
Walking sticks 4
Physio table
Parallel Bars (MEF 4oo)
Wall bars
Wobble board
Gym mats
Gym balls
Inter diathermy
ECGs and a defibrillator

There is a real need for this dept. as there is currently no physiotherapy support for the ill and convalescing for hundreds of kms. Once set up the costs of maintaining the dept. will be very low, with the costs of the local employees taken by the hospital. There is a school of physiotherapy in Accra, which has agreed to send graduates to the new dept. to work.

Our volunteer physiotherapist(s), who will travel to Ghana with Michael Stoma, will help set up the dept. and train their Ghanaian counterparts on the latest techniques and procedures. Ideally the volunteer(s) would then take charge of the project and arrange for other physiotherapists from Spain and Europe to visit and train at the hospital from time to time. The medium term goal is that this new dept. will become a centre for teaching, developing Ghanaian physiotherapists to support the people of this region. If you are interested to find out more, please contact Michael Stoma at  mediterranea.ong@gmail.com

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