Around 5 billion people globally, lack access to safe, affordable and timely surgical care. Low-and middle-income countries like Ghana carry the highest burden.  

Operation Smile’s Health Policy and Advocacy Department and Operation Smile Ghana are currently working with the Ministry of Health of Ghana and the National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anaesthesia Plan (NSOAP) Technical Working Group to develop the country’s first NSOAP.  The NSOAP will serve as a national strategic roadmap to increase access to safe, timely and affordable Surgery Obstetric Trauma and Anaesthesia (SOTA) care for all Ghanaians in alignment with the country’s goals for Universal Health Coverage.  

Six people from Operation Smile and the Ghana Ministry of Health stand in front of a white wall with the Operation Smile Ghana logo.
A team from the Ministry of Health of Ghana led by the Director of Human Resource Division paid a visit to the Operation Smile Ghana office to discuss progress made in the NSOAP development. From left: Desmond Jumbam (Director, Health Policy and Advocacy, Operation Smile), Elikem Nyavor (Country Manager, Operation Smile Ghana), Eunice Atsah (Snr. Admin Manager, Ministry of Health), Dr. Kwesi Asabir (Director of Human Resource for health directorate, Ministry of Health), Irene Dzirasa (Policy and Advocacy Associate, Operation Smile), Ernest Agyei-Tuffuor (Snr. Admin Manager, Ministry of Health).

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As part of the NSOAP development process, Operation Smile is supporting the Ministry of Health-Ghana and the NSOAP Technical Working Group’s stakeholder meetings. The team is also providing technical assistance with baseline assessments including the development of baseline data collection tools and training of data collectors at health facilities throughout the country.  

Baseline data collection has been completed in sixty (60) health facilities across Ghana. This data will be used to guide stakeholder discussions around strategies to be employed in the NSOAP to address the high surgical burden throughout the country.   

Ghana Minister of Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu, standing with members of the Operation Smile Ghana team.
Courtesy visit to the Minister of Health by the Operation Smile Team. From left: Desmond Jumbam (Director, Health Policy and Advocacy, Operation Smile), Elikem Nyavor (Country Manager, Operation Smile, Ghana), Irene Dzirasa (Health Policy and Advocacy Associate, Operation Smile), Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu (Minister of Health, Ghana), Dr. Opoku Ware Ampomah (CEO, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and Medical Advisor, Operation Smile Ghana), Dr. Kwesi Asabir (Director, Human Resource for Health Directorate MoH).

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