International Aid opens doors for outreach through medical training.

By August 16, 2005

Ghana (MNN)–Trauma is a significant healthcare problem in Ghana, and one of the leading causes of death in West Africa.

Many of the doctors simply don’t have the training to diagnose or treat trauma-related injuries. International Aid’s Myles Fish says they’ve launched several training programs through international partnerships.

International Aid, Johnson and Johnson and the West African College of Surgeons began the groundbreaking Ghana SSTC at Korle bu Hospital in Accra, Ghana.

Says Fish, “We’re going to be developing community-based healthcare programs that include things like clean water, community pharmacy, and so forth. We’re also working with local clinics on specific diseases, but we also have an opportunity there with the major hospitals, to be providing things like trauma surgery training courses.”

They also launched the Advanced Trauma Operative Management Course at the Surgical Skills Training Center to teach surgeons in West Africa to diagnose and operatively manage trauma situations.

The partnership will prepare the SSTC to conduct training programs in other surgical procedures and disciplines including orthopedics, ophthalmology, laparoscopy and surgical operating room technology.

Fish says their vision is to be a key support role for the Great Commission work of the local believers. As for how they’ll do that: “Our strategy is to provide all of our services and assets to the indigenous local church so that they have an opportunity not only to serve the needs of their own community, but they have the opportunity, as well, to share their hope in Christ.”

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