The first shipment of 3 containers containing the fencing, holding down bolts and the lighting towers and generators for Dodowa arrived at Tema port on 18 January and are currently at UT Logistics awaiting clearance and transfer to site. Discussions continue with local suppliers with a view to sourcing discrete items of equipment locally and to take forward the installation, commissioning, maintenance and training in support of the hospital equipment, an experienced Ghanaian Clinical Specialist joined the team on 3 February.
UK Export Finance (ECGD) visited Accra on 28 November. UK government officials – Rebecca Schade, Miles Hitchcock and Helen Russell – visited the NMSI office for a project briefing meeting during which they were introduced to the NMSI Ghana team and received latest updates on the hospital project by directors Peter Marks and Fred Hsu.
A two-week Design Workshop too place in London in early November. This marked a critical stage of the Design Phase and involved representatives from the Ghana Design team (Teracon, Isopanels, Impress-Technologies and eSolutions), the UK Design Team and representatives from the Ministry of Health. The team also closely reviewed plans or the Dodowa hospital which is the first to be built.
A warm and sunny Saturday in September – perfect weather to make the leisurely drive down to Dodowa, a green mango-rich district 40 km northeast of Accra to deliver a new four-burner cooker to Orphan Aid Africa. Cori Deterding, Orphan Aid’s Chief Fundraising and Officer, had mentioned the need for a fridge to house medicines for about a dozen of their children with cerebral palsy when a team from NMSI visited the home earlier this month.