For over eight years, the Gye Nyame mobile clinic has been delivering professional
psychiatric services and providing surgical treatments to children and adults in the
Western and Ashanti regions of Ghana.
Ghana, which is located in sub-Saharan West Africa where the climate is tropical, is a developing country with more than 25 million inhabitants. The country is democratic and the political situation is stable. Seventy per cent of the population lives in rural areas where access to medical care is limited.
Managed on a wholly voluntary basis, Gye Nyame mobile clinic – which is the brainchild of two committed medical doctors, Dr. Ori Shwarzman and Dr. Britta Budde-Schwartzman – has (at the time of writing) treated over 40,000 Ghanaians.
Good news travels fast. Over a relatively short time, the success of the mobile clinic has developed into other, equally life changing, medical projects aimed at improving the health and quality of life for Ghana’s people.
A communication center has been established to provide virtual access to medical resources and professionals globally in a range of medical disciplines. In 2014, work started on the establishment of a psychiatric unit and a pediatric surgery unit in a new teaching hospital near Kumasi in the Ashanti. This hospital is due to open in January 2016.
In April 2014, a neonatal unit – one of the first of its kind – opened in Saint Patrick’s Missionary Hospital in Maase-Offinso. Already, the unit has cared for over 400 infants and premature babies, to give them a good start to life in the Ghanaian forests.
Our associated pediatric surgery and psychiatry teaching unit has been passing on knowledge and experience to all levels of mobile clinic staff since it opened in 2009.