The Programme Background

In 2005, Prof Andrew Kingsnorth and Mr Chris Oppong led the first team of surgeons, nurses and administrators on the five-hour journey from Accra to Takoradi hospital to perform a week of hernia repairs and train local surgeons.

Tenchiman market
Tenchiman market

Soon after, with funding from the British High Commission work began on the refurbishment of an unused wing of Takoradi Hospital to create the Hernia Treatment Centre, equipped at a much higher standard than is usual in most Ghanaian facilities, and now employing one local surgeon, two nurses, one laboratory technician and one pharmacy staff member full time.

In 2005 and 2006, travelling fellowships were awarded to surgical residents by the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI).