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The laissez-faire attitude with which herbal medicines are advertised on electronic media with claims of one product treating multiple diseases states some chronic and others infectious is known to us all.

Traditional medicine under the microscope. Image credit: Africa Research Institute

“My love affair with nature is so deep that I am not satisfied with being a mere onlooker, or nature tourist. I crave a more real and meaningful relationship. The spicy teas and tasty delicacies I prepare from wild ingredients are the bread and wine in which I have communion and fellowship with nature, and with the Author of that nature.” Euell Gibbons

The time to prioritise state ahead of self-interest in our policy formulation and to use quality indicators to monitor their success whilst holding policy implementers accountable for lack of buy-in and implementation failures is long overdue.

From Paper to Practice: The Lacuna of Ghana’s Health Policy Implementation

For years we have behaved as though we dwell in the realms of stress and darkness. In our world we have learnt to identify the questions which are unanswerable knowing perfectly well we have no plans of answering them. Some may find this view of mine outlandish and strange but are they really?

“A complete stranger has the capacity to alter the life of another irrevocably. This domino effect has the capacity to change the course of an entire world. That is what life is; a chain reaction of individuals colliding with others and influencing their lives without realizing it. A decision that seems minuscule to you, may be monumental to the fate of the world.”

Healthcare In Ghana: The Numbers Game

Ghana currently has approximately 3,200 doctors and a doctor to patient ratio of 1: 9043. For us to half our current doctor to patient ratio and bring the figure to 1 doctor to 5000 patients in five years will require a lot of policy planning and strategic thinking. Using the current population of 29 million, this will mean we will need a doctor population of 5,800 in 5 years assuming none of the current stock is lost through, migration, ill health, death or career change. If attrition is factored in at 10% it implies our current stock of doctors will shrink to 2,880 leaving a training requirement 2,920 over five years or 584 doctors yearly assuming none of the newly trained doctors is lost to attrition yearly.

On a webinar this week about health policy in the developing world, I was asked what I envisaged healthcare in Ghana will look like in 15-20 years. I was initially pensive...

A Barrier or Opportunity in Health Access Improvement? Image credit - Ted Eytan

James Allen in As a Man Thinketh argues, “A strong man cannot help a weaker unless the weaker is willing to be helped, and even then the weak man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.”

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