you to everyone who supported
Portia is a 21-year-old young woman who was born in Mampong Akwapim in the Eastern region of Ghana. Portia, whose mother is deceased, is the
second of three children and was supported her older brother. After graduating from high school, Portia worked as a trader buying and selling simple goods. She enjoys reading and singing and
hopes to one day become a nurse.
Portia was diagnosed with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and has dealt with the debilitating progression of her scoliosis since
the age of 16. She came to the FOCOS hospital in November 2016 and after seeing Dr. Boachie-Adjei at FOCOS, she was placed in a halo traction for 3 weeks. It was not untill then that she was finally ready for surgery. Dr. Boachie-Adjei performed a posterior
spinal fusion along with several other procedures to correct her scoliosis.
We are happy to report that Portia is doing quite well post-operatively. She has improved significantly in her curvature. She is working towards
fulfilling her dreams of going back to school to become a nurse. She is very grateful to have been able to get medical care from FOCOS and her health, self-esteem and confidence have improved tremendously.
Thank you to all of the FOCOS surgeons, nurses, staff and donors who have helped
give Portia a new life!
Message from the Executive Director
Kaseem Ladipo is second from right
This January marked my six-month anniversary as Executive Director of FOCOS. As I shared at our annual gala in September, it
is truly an honor to serve FOCOS, and I am humbled by this opportunity to lead our strategic growth efforts. Since that evening, I have spent much of my time learning about the wonderful work of our staff of doctors, nurses and other key members of our community.
The achievements of our team are nothing short of remarkable and worthy of celebration, most especially at our 10th anniversary gala this September. And starting this year, we will also have an additional opportunity to celebrate FOCOS' success at our first
gala in Ghana on May 13.
We would not have come close to achieving this level of success without your support. While I am sure you have been thanked many times, I want to make sure that my first
communication with the broader FOCOS community is used to thank you again for helping us build a successful organization.
Finally, it is with great pleasure that I present to you our 2017 quarterly newsletter. After several conversations with our stakeholders about the desire to hear from
us more frequently, we will now provide you with quarterly updates on our work in the US and Ghana as well as ways that you can engage as a volunteer, visitor or funder.
Thank you for all you do for FOCOS.
Oheneba Boachie-Adjei Requests The Government of Ghana to Extend Insurance to Orthopedic Patients
Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei and the team at FOCOS
Professor Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, President of the Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), has called on the government to extend the National
Health Insurance Scheme to cover the treatment of orthopaedic care.
Prof Boachie who is also Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery said: “If the cost of treatment is GH 10,000.00 for instance, the NHIS could
decide to take up GH 2,000.00 as the patient takes care of the rest, which we can help to make part payment and start a payment plan.”
Prof Boachie-Adjei made the call during a media tour to the FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital located at Pantang in Accra as he decried
the country’s low performance or attention to health care. Full
GHANA FOCOS EMPLOYEE PROFILE
Where are you from?
I joined FOCOS from Global Media Alliance, an Integrated Media & Entertainment Agency with about 20 years of experience and expertise in Broadcasting,
Public Relations (PR) and Media Consultancy, Events Management, Creative Services, Digital and Brand Marketing. I served there as a PR and Media Account Manager for clients like Samsung, Huawei, Roche Pharmaceutical and Tullow Oil, just to mention a few. I
also had stints at the National Identification Authority (NIA) and the Autism Awareness Care and Training Center.
Explain the type of work that you do and why it is important for any organization?
My work at FOCOS includes, but is not limited to, providing visibility for the FOCOS brand in Africa, marketing the brand amongst
key stakeholder targets in Africa as well as spearheading fundraising initiatives, especially those for needy patients who require surgery. It also involves telling the FOCOS story.
What led you to apply to work for FOCOS?
I wanted to support a worthy cause. I believe FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital fills a humanitarian gap in Africa, and I see firsthand
that the work I do can change the lives of people in need and that gratifies me immensely.
What do you want to accomplish at FOCOS?
I want to position FOCOS as the ideal orthopedic health brand beyond Africa and make it an impeccable facility for health tourism.
Having worked here now for several weeks, what do you think makes FOCOS special?
I would say the people. The people at FOCOS are very hospitable and always give support to everyone regardless of the individual’s
status. Everybody, from the Board members to the administrative staff and other members of staff are very friendly. That makes FOCOS a special place to work.
SAVE THE DATE
Ghana Gala | May 13 2017
are pleased to launch our first gala in Ghana on Saturday,
May 13, 2017. If you are interested in learning more or attending this inaugural event, please contact our team
at firstname.lastname@example.org for
of Hope|Sep10 2017
Our 4th Annual Evening of Hope event at La Loggia in Studio City,
CA on Sunday, September 10, 2017.
Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel,
Details and Ticket information for all of these events will be available at: www.orthofocos.org
FOCOS mission is to provide optimum orthopedic care and improve quality of life for underserved communities across the globe. Please help us save lives by donating today!
FOCOS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
contributions are tax deductible.