Faculty Education Programme
Each year, the Paediatric Fracture Solutions for Ghana Project holds a Faculty Education Programme (FEP) for all its faculty members to prepare them for upcoming courses in the year. This year’s FEP took place on 23rd February, 2017 at Anita Hotel, Kumasi. Faculty members included Physicians, Surgeons and Operating Room Personnel from Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, Trauma and Specialist Hospital and St. Joseph Orthopaedic Hospital.
Social Science Study
Although first aid practices are carried out on children with injuries by primary caregivers, many parents often delay in getting medical attention for their wards. Others carry out harmful practices on their injured children. In light of this, a social science study dubbed ‘An investigation into the Health Seeking Behaviour and Management of Paediatric Fractures in Ghana: An Exploratory Study of Community and Health System Factors’ is being carried out to understand the perceptions and practices of primary caregivers and bonesetters. The findings will be used to design appropriate campaigns with the support of the media and community change agents to improve healthcare seeking behaviour for household child bone injuries among major stakeholders. The study will be conducted in the Kumasi and Cape Coast Metropolitan Areas respectively, using a mixed methods approach.
In Ghana and most African countries, there is no registry of childhood trauma. Having such a registry to record and store all relevant information on trauma cases provides a basis for developing suitable preventive measures, implementing an effective trauma system, adapting appropriate interventions and targeting the population that needs it the most. With this in mind, one component of the Paediatric Fracture Solutions for Ghana Project is to establish Trauma Registries in Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and Tamale Teaching Hospital. The registries serve as repositories for specific data that can be evaluated, trended and linked to outcomes. In the medium and long term, the registries will generate data for the evaluation of outcomes for various traumatic injuries and will provide information that can be used to evaluate timelines, appropriateness and quality of patient care.