African Fellowship Project

Globally, an estimated 1 billion persons live with disability, with approximately 80% residing in lower resource countries. Rehabilitation Medicine is fundamental for restoring function and improving the quality of persons with disability, yet Rehabilitation Medicine remain under-developed in low to middle income countries, where the need is greatest. The continent of Africa bears 24% of the world’s burden of disease but has only 3% of health providers, on a budget of less than 1% of the worlds health expenditure. This enormous disease burden and it associated disability are amenable to Rehabilitation. Sub-Saharan Africa, with its 1.1 billion people is only served by only 6 Physical Medicine doctors, all located in South Africa. Ghana, like most Sub-Saharan Africa is devoid of this fundamental health service but has about 15% of its population with disability. Rehabilitation medicine has been shown, in addition to community based integration programs, results in improved survival, better quality of life, and economic benefits to the community at large. To contribute solutions to these disparities impacting children and women in Ghana, we seek to build Medical Rehabilitation at Ghana’s second largest hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, through collaboration with Ghanaians.


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