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Two nurses from Ghana were in UK for orthopaedic
trauma equipment handling course for one week. The
nurses received lectures and training on equipment
handling in joint arthroplasty and long bone
The nurses have since left UK and arrived safely
back. It expected of the Nurses to train local
theatre staff in their various places of work.
The training programme covered hip, total knee,
total hip ad mini-hip replacements and long bone
We are grateful to all the UK orthopaedic
manufacturing companies for their import.
including De-Soutter Medical and Smith and Nephew.
Our sincere gratitude to sponsors and the nurses.
Last but not the least, also our thanks to Motec
Secretary Mrs Kay Bowers who looked after the
welfare issues of the nurse.
The class of 1983 of the University
of Ghana Medical School Korle Bu in line with Motec
Project 9 - ‘Diaspora's contribution to medical
education through investment in human resources,
provision of educational material and development of
infrastructure’ - raised funds from members resident
in UK in support of education. The doctors guided by
senior members of Motec raised a substantial amount
of funds to purchase computers for schools in the
suburbs of Accra. The institutions included St
Mary’s Catholic Girls Basic School at Korle Gonno,
James Town Methodist Basic School, Korle Gonno Roman
Catholic Boys School and Korle Gonno Methodist ‘A’
Basic School. Pictures show the presentation of the
computers to the Schools in Accra by representatives
of the group.
Sincere gratitude to the group especially the Motec
members in helping support of schools around the
teaching hospital in Accra. Bravo Christine and
Sarah, executives of UGMS 83 and the class of 1983.
Motec may approach the group to support the
construction of a safe infrastructure for Abisim
Nankese in the Eastern Region which is currently led
by School and Health Foundation of Ireland.
An amount of £310 has been donated by
the Stockwood Park Academy Luton to Motec.
The amount will be put into a fund to build a
kindergarten at Nankese Abisim in Ghana to replace
thatch structure the children are currently using.
Gratitude to the school children and the
authorities. Pictures above show the main link
teacher Alyson and other pupils/students of the
academy. Motec Welfare Officer Mrs Linda Bigham
The school breaks for the summer today and it hoped
that when it reopens in September Motec can
formallymake a formal representation to express our
profound gratitude and show the school what the
money has been used for.
Motec is currently looking for a school(s) in UK to
assist in fund raising to build Nankese Abisim L A
Primary and Kindergarten School. The project is part
of the School and Health Foundation of Ireland's
collaborative efforts for Ghana.
Any contribution will count!
The team were fully engaged with the
public and hospital activity. Among others, the team
delivered the following:
Breast clinic at Akosombo and Accra; Breast
awareness sessions at Yilo Krobo High School ( over
1,500 attendance; Public awareness lecture at
Akosombo Apostolic Church; and Surgical work at
Akosombo VRA Hospital.
Pictures show some of the activities by the team in
Bravo Charles, Sanjay, Akosombo and all the
Next trip will be October.
Sanjay Baldota, breast surgeon was at Akosombo team
this last month. He joined
Dr Charles Arhinful of Akosombo in running breast
awareness programmes, breast screening and operating
during the visit.
Mr Ofori-Atta was joined by
residents from Korle Bu in surgeries at Koforidua.
20th June was his busiest day.
In furtherance of the aims of Motec - School and
Health Foundation (SHF) Mr Ofori-Atta held planned
meetings in Ghana. He travelled from Accra to
meet the Regional Directors of Health and Education
at Koforidua, District Directors at the Municipal
Assembly at Suhum and a considerable time at Nankese
Abisim, a village about 18km North West of Koforidua, the
Eastern Region capital. The final meeting took place at Nsawam at the
Orthopaedic training centre where children and
adults with disabilities are supported by
The Motec - Schools and Health Foundation of Dublin
aims at constructing a primary school at Nankese
Abisim for the village which provides basic
education for about six villages.
The other is the construction of a special needs
centre for children at Nsawam utilising and
expanding the existing services there. Notably the
Government of Ghana will play an active part in
these facilities in order to sustain the projects
such as provision of teachers at both facilities.
The local community at Abisim will provide free
support such as sand and manual labour for the
construction of the school.
Motec has also been offered the opportunity by the
Regional Director of Education to use a centre in
the capital to run workshops to train teachers to
identify children with special needs and to learn
how they help to these children. It is a welcome
move as Ghana has no training centres for teachers
to look after children with special needs.
team for children with special needs has been formed
to support both projects and it will be led by
Elaine. It is expected of the new team to link up
schools in England and Ireland with the two centres.
A fact finding and teaching visit to Ghana has been
planned by the team has been planned for the latter
part of the year.
Pictures from the June visit are as follows:
Mr Ofori-Atta meeting the chief of Nankese Abisim
and the elders of the village;
Mr Ofori-Atta with the teaching staff of the
kindergarten and primary school;
The kindergarten classroom;
Mr Ofori-Atta at the orthopaedic training centre at
Nsawam with some of the management and the Member of
Parliament for Nsawam honourable Annoh-Dompreh
Thank you for supporting the SHF - Motec
P. Ofori-Atta MB.ChB. FRCS
Orthopaedic Surgeon, West Herts NHS Trust, England
After five years of
deliberations, Motec and the Ghana College of
Physicians and Surgeons (GCPS) are close to starting
a training programme for Ghanaian doctors in UK
which will form part of their training programme
towards the Ghana College Final Fellowship Exit
exams held in Accra. The training will be a
reciprocal gain for the NHS and the Ghana College.
Some aspects of the training will also involve
volunteer consultant surgeons supporting training
within Ghana as part of Motec's on going training
drive. Motec has a programme of short term training
for Surgeons, Anesthetists, Nurses, theatre staff at
Georges, Northwick Park and Harpenden Spire
Hospitals in UK for a period up to six months
benefiting Kumasi Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital,
Koforidua St Joseph's, Sefwi Asafo St John of God,
and Akosombo VRA Hospitals all in Ghana. Long term
training programmes have already been implemented
for surgeons from the Military and Tamale Teaching
Hospitals for the past two years. The additional
training represents a significant shift from a
selected few to a more constructive national
training programme for Ghana. A similar
collaboration has been in place for the West African
College of Surgeons. These have been facilitated by
Prof Nigel Standfield of the London postgraduate
School of Surgery. The meeting was attended by the
Rector of the Ghana College Professor Plange-Rhule,
Chairman of the Faculty of Surgery - Prof S. Debrah,
Vice Chairman of Surgery - Mr John Nkrumah-Mills and
the General Secretary of the College. Motec was
represented by Mr. Peter Dyson, Prof Nigel
Standfield and Mr. Ofori-Atta. Both parties are
expected to sign a memorandum of understanding based
on discussions held in Accra on the 4th of May 2017
We are grateful to
the Ghana College and Prof Standfield for making it
possible for the doctors in Ghana to benefit from UK
training. Both parties are keen to ensure that the
surgeons return to Ghana. So far, it is reassuring
that all doctors and nurses in Motec training
programme for the past 7 years have all returned to
provide clinical services and some tuition in Ghana.
Other projects that Motec held meetings with
authorities in Ghana included a School and Health
Foundation led projects on a special needs centre
for children and a primary school which were both
welcomed by the Ghana Health and Ghana Education
Services. Nsawam and a village in the Eastern
region. Have been put forward by the Regional
Director of Health of Eastern Region and members of
Stockwood Park Academy is a Mixed
secondary school and sixth form located in Rotheram
Avenue in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.
Sincere gratitude to these young students for their
donation and also for placing Motec
deep in their hearts.
The funds will be used to support a nine year old
disabled in Ghana
volunteers have been involved in delivering a
symposium on Breast Cancer and ankle and foot trauma
at the West African College of Surgeons Scientific
meeting at Ougadougou, Burkina Faso. The Motec team
in the capital of Burkina from 27th February to 1st
The team flew into Accra the weekend before flying
into Ougadougou. Mr Ofori-Atta linked Motec with the
World Orthopaedic Concern-UK (WOC) and The British
Association of Ankle and Foot Surgeons (BOFAS) for
the symposium on foot injuries.
Three presenters run the foot programme. The breast
care seminar was run by Motec led by Mr Steven Goh
and joined by Miss Natasha Jiwa from UK and Dr
Charles Arhinful from VRA hospital, Akosombo. The
presentations were well received. Next year's
programme is expected to be in the Gambia in 2018
and Motec is expected to run similar programmes.
Some Motec project
leaders supported by the Prof Nigel Standfield of
the London postgraduate School of Surgery were
hosted by Lord David Alton and Lord Bernard Ribeiro
at the House of Lords on Monday 14th of September
Training of hospital staff on safe casting and
rehabilitation post injuries featured prominently in
the April working visit to Ghana. Two
hospitals (Akosombo VRA and Nkawkaw
Holy Family) were involved in the workshop which was
also attended by nearby hospitals and a few from
over hundred mile distance. read
participants including UK representation. Prof Bo
Mr Ofori-Atta (UK) supported the College's
educational drive by delivering a symposium on hand
on training programme for West African College
junior doctors in UK was discussed.
Highlights - Planning of conservative
management of fractures workshop and delivering
lectures at Koforidua and Akosombo plus talks with
hospitals including Nkawkaw on 'breast care' with
links to Korle Bu and pathology services with
Newcastle. Gratitude to target hospitals and hard
Major visit in April ready to roll!
Motec-Life led a 3 man UK team to support the
examination faculties of the West African College of
Surgeons’ final fellowship examinations in Accra
Ghana. The team was involved in the orthopaedic and
cardiothoracic primary and final fellowship
examinations in Accra. Prof Nigel Standfield, Mr
Peter Dyson and Mr Paul Ofori-Atta were in Accra for
five days for the exercise which further
strengthened the collaboration between UK (Motec,
London School of Postgraduate Surgery, World
Orthopaedic Concern UK) and the West African College
The working visit has been one of the
best since the establishment of the links 2 years
ago. Picture above shows Mr Ofori-Atta (seated
centre of picture) and Mr Dyson on his left. Motec
expresses appreciation of the work of the volunteers
and the WACS executives.
In preparation for Motec’s freight to target
hospitals in Ghana and in support of the income
generating project for families with malnourished
children at Jirapa district (NUWLIFE), Volunteers
have been working hard to package sewing machines
and equipments at Hemel Hempstead. Nine volunteers
from Hertfordshire and Southend happily worked
together for about 4 hours to pack the first 60
sewing machines and about 50 boxes for Ghana. In the
end, the tired volunteers chilled out the Taiwanese
way in Hemel Hempstead town centre.
The hospital appeared transformed to a new era of 'purpose
Meeting at Jirapa by Motec President on Good Friday, after
the stations of the cross was attended by the entire
hospital management, the District Director of Health, the
District Chief Executive, a High Court Judge and a former
Completed Mothers hostel sponsored by Motec looks elegant.
Beds needed to complete the project. Our consortium of
Patronsand the British Public have been at the centre of
Motec's support for Jirapa.
Entertainment galore - variety, good food, excellent venue.
Motec dinner Dance 7pm-11pm, Saturday 14th June at JFK Hollybush
Lane Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP1 2PH
Featuring K'z Bollywood entertainment group from London, Draper
blues from Cambridgeshire and many others.
(The history of Motec's Bollywood Dinner Dance slides at same
venue on show (slides) 3 years ago on show above)
June 14th is special. Funds raised will be used to support
training programmes by Motec volunteers in Ghana.
Outgoing Mayor of Dacorum Councillor Herbert Chapman
rekindles the spirit of giving by donating sewing machines
to Motec's NUWLIFE project at the Mayor's parlor in Hemel
Trustees of Motec, Mrs. Bigham and Mr. Ofori-Atta
with Councillor Chapman at the presentation ceremony.
Motec consolidates support for
malnourished in Jirapa District through a pro-active programme
of farming and feeding with mothers of malnourished children
with the support of dietician and local agricultural officers.
And Education at Jirapa.
Two Ghanaian Nurses on a 3 month
internship at St George's Hospital, London through
Motec-IOM-MIDA-St Georges collaboration return home. Beatrice
and Evelyn pitured with IOM-MIDA rep Mr Daniel Sam at the Accra
scouts led by their leadership hosted Motec at their anniversary
celebration in Harpenden on 30th April 2012. The function was
attended by the scouts commissioner and honorary queen mother of
Hohoe Mrs Jo Busby. Motec was represented by Mrs Kay Bowers- a
personal secretary of Motec’s President, Mrs Linda Bigham-
Trustee Executive and Mr Ofori-Atta, President of the
1. Mrs Glenda
Cooper donates to Motec's NUWLIFE
2. Mrs Glenda Cooper with Mr Ofori-Atta after donation of sewing
materials to Motec
3. Current stucture (front view)
4. 2nd Phase - Uncompleted structure for the main accommodation
centre, NUWLIFE at Jirapa - FUNDS needed
Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben, President Of Eastern
Regional House of Chiefs and Patron of MotecLife-UK at a Dinner
Organised in Daasebre’s Honour in St Albans City on 29th January
involved in meetings, clinical work and workshops across
Ghana. Volunteers were also involved in assessing the
possibilities of setting up specialised surgical training
schemes between London and Accra. All volunteers have
arrived back in UK safely.