Ghana (MNN) ― The World Health Organization lists malaria and measles as the leading causes of premature death in Ghana. Among children under five years old, 70% of deaths are compounded by malnutrition.
That problem, topped by reports of fake and badly-made anti-malarial medicines, threatens to undo a decade of progress. Yet modern medicine moves forward in Ghana, although it's not evenly distributed across the country.
According to reports from the National Health Insurance Scheme of Ghana, there are 172 hospitals in the country. Hospitals run by faith-based groups make up 35% of Ghana's health services.
Groups like International Aid, a non-profit medical supply organization, are stepping in to help Ghana's medical community respond to the demands and challenges of working in a country where close to a third of the population is living in poverty.
Jim Loeffler is International Aid's Director of Medical Equipment Procurement. He dropped by partnering hospital Medicus Christi in Ghana on his way back from Liberia. "They're building an orthopedic wing to add to the maternal and infant care and fistula wings of the hospital in Man Kessim, Cape Coast area."
According to Medicus Christi's president, Loeffler also assessed the electric, water and structural requirements of the facility. "We're providing surgical equipment, a C-arm, brand new portable X-ray system, and an operating room table and light, along with accessories to perform orthopedic surgeries."
The container is ready to go now, and International Aid is raising $10,000-$12,000 to help cover shipping costs. Loeffler notes that everything is on track to have the container in Ghana by the beginning of August.
The hospital was founded to provide compassionate medical care to impoverished people. According to the mission statement at Medicus Christi, "Guided by the teachings of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Holy Physician, our organization strives to bring highly skilled medical professionalism into poor countries where crucial medical and surgical expertise are desperately lacking."
Loeffler says partnering with groups like Medicus Christi make it possible to share the hope of Christ. "Our piece of the Gospel sharing is to help those who are sharing the Gospel. We pray for them every day, and we just pray that we can continue to help these folks who are at the absolute point of the spear to spread the Gospel."