The 2015 Ghana health team spent two weeks caring for thousands of patients. Seven Ghanaian health workers joined the team serving in clinics. (Heroes is how team leader Dr. Jennifer Wilson referred to these men and women.)
One of these health workers, Eric, a nurse anaesthetist from Wenchi Hospital, joined the surgical team and worked with anaesthetist Dr. Tony Brown from Port Perry, Ontario. Eric’s words of thanks perfectly capture why this aspect of the team’s work — the transfer of skills between Ghanaian and expatriate health workers — has such a positive impact on the quality of health care in the region year-round.
I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to work with the team. Thank you so much and may God bless you.
You have changed my life, my way of thinking and have given me the opportunity to update myself so as to render the best of services to my clients. You and your team received me, worked with me, ate with me, saw me as one of you, and showed love and appreciation towards me. I thank you for this. And I promise to show the same to all my patients.
Attached is a photo of me managing a 15-year-old boy with supplies Dr. Tony had given to me. The surgery was smooth and so was the anaesthesia. I used all Dr. Tony taught me and all, including my bosses, were astonished.