Access to care

Immediate diagnostics for trauma patients in rural Ghana

Elio Stamm
Published on 3. August 2020

At Holy Family Hospital in Techiman, an improved emergency department and the only CT scanner within hundreds of kilometers are crucial for saving the lives of road accident victims – and dealing with SARS-CoV-2. The project is a blueprint for how health care business models in countries with limited resources can work.

Gladys Nyarko waits under an iron roof outside the Accident & Emergency center of the Holy Family Hospital in Techiman.
Christopher Akanbobnaab is the hospital administrator of Holy Family Hospital

Past tragedies need not be repeated

Techiman, a relatively small regional capital, is located on Ghana’s main south-north axis.
At Holy Family Hospital, fast and reliable diagnostic services are now supporting a well-functioning emergency department.

Better treatment for more patients

A CT scan is ordered as the patient suffered trauma to the head.

A sustainable initiative

Administrator Akanbobnaab is hosting three members of German Rotary Volunteer Doctors.
Radiologist Edward Ebo Ocran can confidentially say that the patient has not sustained any permanent brain damage after having analyzed the scan data.

Support on the ground

Recognition and the promise of full recovery

Gladys Nyarko gets informed by Tobias Ninnang that her niece will make a full recovery.

Dealing with SARS-CoV-2

By Elio Stamm
Elio Stamm is a journalist based in Ankara. A former newspaper editor in Switzerland, Elio Stamm spent the last six years as a freelancer in Accra, Ghana, creating video, photography and written content for international organizations and publications in Europe including Neue Zürcher Zeitung.