We are excited to announce that after months of planning we will be involved in an exciting and truly innovative project!
We are twinning with a family medicine clinic that is being developed by Dr Kwame Ayisi-Boateng at KNUST (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology). The University runs a medical teaching hospital in Kumasi – the second largest city in Ghana.
Family medicine is in its infancy in Ghana with only 32 fully qualified GPs for a population of 26 million people (compared to 35,000 GPs for 60 million in the UK!) Not only do we hope to help support Dr Boateng and KNUST in their vision but along the way learn more about our own patients from Ghana and the wider West African region and how we can tailor our health advice to best help them.
One of our first themes will be the development of tailored diabetes education programs that take into account differences in lifestyle, diet and beliefs. As part of this we have building links with Kings College London and are proud to be on the steering group for their research into this:Click here
However the twinning project can be so much more and we want the whole practice to be involved including our patients. If you have skills that you think can help (e.g. infrastructure support, IT development, education) and would like to get involved then please get in touch with Dr Vikesh Sharma