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“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.”

Some have even averred that in times of crisis they will rather be treated on the floor than be turned away due to, “a lack of beds.” Forgetting that, just finding a place in emergency care is one thing but without oxygen, defibrillators, nebulisers and other basic critical care equipment, any health facility that just gave you a furniture space may actually be doing more harm than good...

Honouring our Parents Memory by Upholding their Principles of Life whilst Questioning their Beliefs

“For the most part, people strenuously resist any redefinition of morality, because it shakes them to the very core of their being to think that in pursuing virtue they may have been feeding vice, or in fighting vice they may have in fact been fighting virtue.” - Stefan Molyneux

It is now clear that there is considerable awareness of the menace of tramadol and other opioids. We are all aware of the impact it is having on our youth and the parallel society it is creating. However, we have failed to move from the awareness stage ....

Failing Our Youth by Ignoring the Death of Mockingbirds

Malcolm Gladwell in David and Goliath argues, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

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