Mastercard Health Collaborative Engages Policy Stakeholders to Improve Primary Health Care

The Mastercard Higher Education Health Collaborative at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has engaged stakeholders at the policy level in the Ghanaian health sector to share ideas on ways to empower the next generation of health workers. Health.

The project’s principal investigator, Professor Ellis Owusu-Dabo, says the meeting lays the groundwork for improving universal health care coverage.

“We intend to do this, through job creation, empowering the next generation of healthcare workers through the various ecosystems we will create, and through entrepreneurship.

“We seek to do this by creating programs that will help the average Ghanaian healthcare worker to empower themselves through skills, competencies and knowledge and bring healthcare to the average Ghanaian’s doorstep,” he said.

The objectives of the Higher Education in Health Collaborative are to build and strengthen the capacity of students and health professionals to meet the growing demand for Primary Health Care (PHC) in the health sector; Enabling students to acquire advanced skills in Africa in a wide range of disciplines critical to the sustainable growth and transformation of the health sector; Optimize business ecosystems in and through universities in Africa to launch and scale healthcare startups to create jobs; Develop a dynamic, sustainable and long-term network of leading African universities, alumni, government agencies, healthcare startups and private sector partners working together to create decent and fulfilling jobs in healthcare ecosystems.

The project will further develop a dynamic, sustainable and long-term network of leading African universities, alumni and government agencies, healthcare startups and private sector partners working together to create decent and fulfilling jobs in healthcare ecosystems in the next ten years.

KNUST is one of the eight partners of the Higher Education Collaborative in Health with the aim of contributing to the three pillars of the health strategy: employment in health, entrepreneurship in health and health ecosystems.

The Pillar Coordinator, Health Entrepreneurship, Prof. Wilberforce Owusu-Ansah, highlighted the need to create business opportunities in the health sector.

“Some people look at entrepreneurship from starting businesses, but we want to look from starting your own business and being an entrepreneur wherever you are,” he said.

Stakeholders were happy with the prospect of the meeting.

Ms. Bernice Ofosu, Deputy Director for Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, was impressed by the presentations and asked the project team to consider implementing courses for tertiary health centers.

He also requested medical tourism courses to meet the growing demand.

“Overall, the program has been excellent. Although Ghana is focusing on primary health care, tertiary care is also very important when it comes to ongoing care. Therefore, they should consider courses that can improve leadership and change the culture when it comes to tertiary-level facilities,” she said.

“Ghana is considering medical tourism. There may be courses on service packages not only for Ghanaians but also for people from the sub-region,” she added.

Prof. Owusu-Dabo hinted at a continued commitment to stakeholders to ensure the success of the project.

“We seek to collaborate with these institutions that will be part of the interview panel to help implement the ideals of the Collaborative,” he said.

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