SAA DONATES TO KORLE BU TEACHING HOSPITAL MATERNITY WARD & HIV UNIT ON FRIDAY, 11TH JUNE 2021

SAA DONATES TO KORLE BU TEACHING HOSPITAL MATERNITY WARD & HIV UNIT ON FRIDAY, 11TH JUNE 2021

In 2020, the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) organised a joint community outreach programme with its partners, the Government of Ghana, through the Adentan Municipal Assembly, UNFPA and the Canadian High Commission to support the HIV response of 450 young/adult HIV+ orphans within the Adentan Municipal Assembly and other selected organisations in Accra during the COVID-19 Pandemic. With over 450 beneficiaries cutting across various marginalised populations collected dignity kits that contained PPEs (Nose masks, Alcohol-based sanitisers), Male and Female condoms, T-shirts, Toiletries (sanitary pads, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and bathing soap).

As part of SAA’s continued effort in helping strengthen the Health System in Ghana, and contributing to mitigate the global impact of the ensuing COVID-19 Pandemic on marginalised populations such as HIV+ adolescents, orphans and young expectant mothers, the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) organisers of the International Conference on AIDS and STI’s in Africa (ICASA) and its partners, the Canadian High Commission and UNFPA, embarked on joint community outreach on Sexual reproductive health (SRH) and HIV to some identified and selected marginalised populations at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on Friday, 11th June 2021.

The SAA team was welcomed to the HIV unit by Mrs. Elizabeth Akua Dzokoto, Deputy Head of Fevers Unit. Mrs. Dzokoto, in her opening remarks, shared that the Fevers Unit catered for approximately 26000 patients with maximum support from the Government. She considered SAA’s kind gesture as a step in the right direction to help support the unit. The Head of the Fevers Unit, Dr. Peter Pupulampu, also expressed his appreciation to SAA for supporting the Fevers Unit. He encouraged us to make this event a recurring one.

Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, SAA Coordinator/ICASA Director handing over donated items to Dr. Peter Pupulampu, Head of Fevers Unit and Mrs. Elizabeth Akua Dzokoto, Deputy Head of Fevers Unit

Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, SAA Coordinator/ICASA Director handing over donated items to Dr. Peter Pupulampu, Head of Fevers Unit and Mrs. Elizabeth Akua Dzokoto, Deputy Head of Fevers Unit

Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, SAA Coordinator/ICASA Director handing over donated items to Dr. Peter Pupulampu, Head of Fevers Unit and Mrs. Elizabeth Akua Dzokoto, Deputy Head of Fevers Unit

IN HIS OPENING REMARKS, the SAA Coordinator/ICASA Director, Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, reiterated the need for civil society and the private sector to support government effort. He stated that SAA has been offering support to many communities and, most recently, the 37 Military hospital. He thanked the leadership and Staff of the Fevers Unit for their dedication towards equitable services to all. The donation items included dignity kits consisting of Nose masks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, washing soap, bathing soap, sanitary pads (2 each), Male and female condoms, alcohol-based hand sanitisers, and t-shirts handed over to the beneficiaries. The SAA Coordinator/ICASA Director expressed on behalf of SAA and SAA President, Professor John Idoko, appreciation for the warm welcome and hope that these dignity kits will go a long way in helping the beneficiaries follow strict COVID-19 protocols. Faustina Amissah, on behalf of fellow beneficiaries, thanked the SAA team for their generosity to the Fevers Unit.

After the visit to the fever unit, Madam Bernice from the Public relations department with the SAA team proceeded to the Maternity Ward of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Mrs. Mary Andoh Eshun, Chief Nursing Officer and Mrs. Joyce Quarcoo, Deputy Director of Nursing, welcomed the SAA Team to the Maternity ward. Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, on behalf of SAA, briefed the Maternity ward staff on the objective of this outreach to support marginalised populations such as young expectant mothers during this COVID-19 Pandemic. Mrs. Eshun, Chief Nursing Officer on behalf of the Staff, thanked SAA for this generous gesture to the maternity ward and was pleased that SAA reached out to the Ward during such difficult times.

Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, SAA Coordinator/ICASA Director handing over items to Mrs. Mary Andoh Eshun, Chief Nursing Officer and Mrs. Joyce Quarcoo, Deputy Director of Nursing at the Maternity Ward of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Nursing Staff of one Maternity Wards receiving the Donated items with SAA Staff
Nursing Staff of one Maternity Wards receiving the Donated items with SAA Staff  Mr. Luc Armand Bodea, SAA Coordinator/ICASA Director handing over items to Mrs. Mary Andoh Eshun, Chief Nursing Officer and Mrs. Joyce Quarcoo, Deputy Director of Nursing at the Maternity Ward of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
SAA Staff with Volunteer Team at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

SAA Staff with Volunteer Team at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

The maternity block consisted of 5 main wards. With the help of SAA Staff and volunteers, the SAA team and volunteers split into groups of five to convey donated dignity kits to each floor of the maternity block. Staff and volunteers were allowed to distribute the dignity kits to all beneficiaries. A total of 500 items were donated to the HIV Unit & Maternity Ward of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

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