Mastercard Health Collaborative engages policy stakeholders to improve primary healthcare

The Mastercard Education Higher Health Collaborative of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) brought together policy-level stakeholders in Ghana’s health sector to share ideas on ways to empower the next generation of health workers.

The Principal Investigator in this project, Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo says the meeting sets the stage for improving health care around the world.

“This, we intend to do, by creating job opportunities, to develop the next generation of health workers by using the natural diversity that we will create and businesses.

“We want to do this by coming up with programs that will help the average health worker in Ghana to be equipped with skills, abilities and knowledge and bring health to the doorstep of the average Ghanaian,” he said.

The goals of the Higher Education Collaborative in Health are to build and strengthen the capacity of health students and professionals to meet the growing demand for Primary Health Care (PHC) in the health sector; To enable students to acquire advanced skills in Africa in a wide range of fields that are essential to the health sector’s sustainable growth and transformation; Improving the entrepreneurial environment in African universities to launch and grow health startups to create job opportunities; To build a dynamic, sustainable, long-term network of leading African universities, academics, government agencies, healthcare startups, and private sector partners working together to create decent and fulfilling careers across health systems.

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The project will also develop a dynamic, sustainable, long-term network of leading African universities, alumni and government agencies, healthcare start-ups, and private sector partners working together to create dignified and fulfilling careers in all health systems over the next decade .

KNUST is one of the eight participants of the Higher Education Collaborative in Health with the aim of contributing to all three pillars of the health strategy: Health Employment, Health Entrepreneurship, and Health Ecosystems.

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Pillar Coordinator, Health Entrepreneur, Prof. Wilberforce Owusu-Ansah emphasized the need to create business opportunities in the health sector.

“Some people look at businesses from the beginning of the business, but we want to look at starting your business and being an entrepreneur wherever you find yourself,” he said.

The participants were happy with the ideas that came out of the meeting.

The Deputy Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Mrs. Bernice Ofosu was impressed by the presentation and asked the project team to consider the presentation of courses aimed at tertiary health institutions.

He also called for medical tourism courses to meet the growing demand.

“In general, the program was very good. Although Ghana focuses on primary health care, tertiary health care is also very important when it comes to continuity of care. Therefore, they should consider courses that can develop leadership and change the culture when it comes to higher education institutions,” he said.

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“Ghana is considering medical tourism. There can be lessons on service packaging not only for Ghanaians but also for people in the region,” he added.

Prof. Owusu-Dabo commented on continuing to communicate with stakeholders to ensure the success of the project.

“We want to cooperate with these institutions that will be part of the interview team to help achieve the goals of the Collaborative,” he said.

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