At this year's German Surgeons' Congress, the Ghanaian hospital partner Dr. Victor Chawey has been awarded the Leonhard-Schweiberer-Medaille. With this award, the German Society for Surgery honors the physician from Ghana for his long-standing commitment to international cooperation. "It is usually personal bridges from which roads develop," emphasizes Prof. Helmut Friess, Director at the Klinikum rechts der Isar (MRI).
Dr. Victor Chawey completed his general surgery residency at the Wolfratshausen Hospital in Bavaria and currently works as a resident physician at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Ghana. At Ghana's second largest hospital, he provides care for patients with general and visceral surgical conditions. The West African country has a population of around 30 million. Since 2017, the GIZ Hospital Partnerships funding program has supported three joint projects between the KATH teaching hospital and the German MRI, the university hospital of the Technical University of Munich.
In 2018, the surgeons Prof. Dr Christian Kofi, Prof. Dr Joseph Akpaloo, Prof. Dr Helmut Friess, Prof. Dr Matthias Richter-Turtur and PD Dr Dr Daniel Hartmann had launched the project Surgery across borders - A partnership between KATH (Kumasi) and MRI (Munich). Their focus was on the care of cancer patients in Ghana. For this purpose, systemic venous port implants were established to facilitate infusion therapy and the administration of chemotherapeutic drugs. The hospital partners trained ten doctors and 45 nurses at KATH. In addition, 100 patients received a port implantation.
In the Covid19 special tender for pandemic containment of the Hospital Partnerships funding programme in July last year, the German-Ghanaian partners were one of 21 projects to receive additional funding. This will enable them to use new protective equipment and ventilators in the hospital and to implement appropriate training. The hospital partners from Ghana and Germany would like to expand their cooperation even further in the future: The next step is to establish a large centre of excellence for surgical oncology at KATH. Dr. Victor Chawey therefore spent some time with his colleagues in Munich in April.
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