Old But Gold Project
The Presbyterian Hospital Donkorkrom is the only hospital in the Afram Plain region providing health care to an area over 5000 km² with more than 100,000 inhabitants. The hospital has a total of seventy-four beds, five wards, and two operating theatres and is run by only two doctors. In perspective, the rural state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany) is considered to have a high medical shortage with 450 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants. The numbers speak for themselves and give medical undersupply a whole new meaning.
During our Medical Internship, we actually experienced firsthand, the working conditions of rural doctors in Ghana. In particular, there is a lack of essential equipment that those of us from developed countries take for granted. Despite the staff’s medical competence, their hands are often tied due to financial and technical reasons. Because of these experiences, we decided to establish an organization to promote public health in Ghana’s Eastern Region.
To fight this medical shortage in Ghana’s eastern region, we launched the “Old But Gold Project“. Our main goal is to provide technical support to Donkorkrom’s local hospital and rescue services. In particular, the hospital provides crucial medical services for Obstetrics and Gynecology, diagnostic devices are of paramount importance for these specialties. However, these devices are very expensive when new, which is why we plan to obtain used but still perfectly functioning medical equipment from donations. With your help, we can make a major contribution to the improvement of medical care and enable many people to receive high-quality medicine.
In February 2018, we were able to obtain two defibrillators (as seen in the picture) from the Department of Anaesthesiology at the University Hospital Erlangen, Germany. A device which the hospital did not have and is of crucial importance to reanimate patients who undergo cardiac arrest. According to the German Ministry of Health, every minute that passes without reanimation decreases the chance of survival by 10%. In 90% of the cases, a cardiac arrest leads to death if no intervention occurs.
If you work in the medical field and want to donate your outdated equipment, then don’t hesitate and get in touch with us. We are more than happy to send you our priority list for medical goods.
Public health in rural Ghana lacks essentiell equipment and medication
Over the last two years, we were able to bring life saving medications and medical equipment such as antibiotics and defibrilaltors to the small community of Donkorkrom. In the small picture gallery below you can see some of our success. We would like to thank all those who made this possible. This would not have been possible without the great work of our volunteers and our partners in Ghana.