Q – What is the purpose of HopeXchange and what is the uniqueness of this Health Project?
A – HopeXchange was established as a tool to promote human dignity and alleviate suffering in developing countries through education, healthcare and sustainable development.
The HopeXchange Health Project applies a comprehensive approach to addressing relevant healthcare challenges in resource-limited countries. It is designed as a multiphase, incremental intervention inherently adaptable to meet regional and global needs.
The Project will address major burdens of disease in Sub-Saharan Africa, including infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria), maternal-child health (prenatal screening, nutrition and immunizations), and cancer (with a special focus on breast, cervical and prostate cancer), as well as specialized fields of medical interest such as ophthalmology, craniofacial malformations, diseases of the alimentary tract and diseases of the endocrine system.
Q – This project looks great, but doesn’t Ghana have other hospitals and public healthcare?
A – Yes, there are hospitals in Ghana and the Ghanaian government does have a public health department. However, Ghana has approximately 1 physician per 18,000 citizens. Access of average citizens to healthcare is difficult and not always of quality; with regards to surgical and diagnostic access, and specialties such as treatment of eye disease, it is overwhelmingly deficient. In fact, The Kumasi HopeXchange Medical Center will not only be a premier medical and training facility of its kind in Ghana but in all of West Africa.
Q – Why did you choose Ghana? Is it safe in Kumasi? How can you get there?
A – Ghana is one of Africa’s most stable and safe countries. Ghana is also strategically located in the middle of West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea near huge population centers like Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
Kumasi is a large city with an airport and paved roads which render it accessible to citizens from a dozen countries around Ghana to travel to this facility for special care. Besides, Kumasi is within reach of millions of Ghanaian people.
We anticipate that health professionals from all over Africa will come here to learn and train and medical experts from around the world will travel here for short and long term missions to bring care to the poor.
Q – How can poor people pay for these expensive services and who will help fund all of these amazing facilities and services?
A – No person will be turned away due to lack of funds. However, private patients will be asked to pay according to their ability. Those who cannot pay will be treated equally to those who can.
HopeXchange relies on donations from patrons around the world for its support. The Archdiocese of Kumasi donated the land and to date, funds have been raised and spent already for the construction of the Medical Center. The Government of Ghana, NGOs, corporate bodies and individual donors will continue to be involved to fully complete, equip and operate the HopeXchange Medical Center.
Q – What can be the long term impact of such a project as this and who all will be involved in operating it and overseeing its day-to-day management?
A – For instance, in Africa malaria kills an estimated 3,000 children a day. Through proper treatment of Malaria, HIV-AIDS, Tuberculosis and Cancer, many thousands of lives can be saved. Through adequate treatment of eye disease and surgery, the HopeXchange Medical Center can give sight to thousands of Africans who needlessly go blind. In fact, 80% of the causes of blindness in Africa are preventable. The holistic approach of this facility will provide vaccination, diagnosis, surgery, education, and specialised medical treatment. Through proper pharmacy and outpatient treatments, improved quality of life will be gained by countless thousands over the years with your help.
A Board of Directors, including a day-to-day management team of local professionals will oversee the operations of HopeXchange Medical Center. Full disclosure, audits and only the highest of business and medical ethics will be practiced.