Medical Equipment Donation Program
Our medical equipment donation program provides health care professionals with the resources they need to be effective in
their practice. At each of our 14 partner hospitals, we conduct quarterly needs assessments to identify the frontline medical
equipment that will have the maximum impact. For hospitals that have joined our program more recently, that means
providing the most basic equipment, such as thermometers, stethoscopes, and blood pressure apparatuses. For our long-
standing partners, that means more advanced, life-saving equipment. Our on-going relationships with hospital partners enable
us to respond to evolving needs and ensure that capacity to provide basic patient care is continuously improved.
GMH Ambassador Program
The GMH Ambassadors are permanent staff at our partner hospitals who
volunteer to take on the responsibility of monitoring and maintaining
equipment donations. They also participate in regular GMH training workshops
on topics from practical equipment maintenance and repair to new clinical
skills. This training is then repeated by the Ambassadors for other staff in their
own hospitals, expanding the impact of the training and reinforcing the skills
among the Ambassadors in an instructor role. The Ambassador program has created empowering in-country networks across
Ghana that facilitate information and resource exchange between district hospitals.
The Sheep, Health, and Economic Empowerment Program (S.H.E.E.P.) supports
farming families in rural northern Ghana, where average income can be less than
$50 CAD per year (GLSS 5, 2008). Participants receive high value pregnant female
sheep, whose offspring can be sold at the market to provide a stable source of
income. Fourth generation offspring are returned to GMH for donation to new
beneficiary families, allowing the program to expand in a self-sustaining manner. To complement the poverty-alleviation
component, participants attend bi-monthly public health and asset management workshops. The workshops, led by S.H.E.E.P.
program manager Joe Abobtey, have proven to be as valuable as the sheep themselves, educating community members on
topics such as family planning, health insurance, and disease prevention including cholera, meningitis, and malaria. S.H.E.E.P.
participants aren’t the only ones to benefit from the workshops – they are open to the whole community, attracting an average
175 people per session.
Clinical Engineer Toolkit and Training Program
The newly established Clinical Engineer Toolkit and Training Program is a major
step in GMH’s efforts towards creating sustainable outcomes. By partnering directly
with every clinical engineer working in the Upper Regions of Ghana, we are ensuring
that our donated equipment is well maintained and regularly serviced. Maintaining
our successful research-based methodology, we conducted in-depth needs
assessments and formed strong partnerships with each clinical engineer to design an
effective program. The outcome was a four-day training conference on topics
identified by the engineers themselves and led by the deputy chief clinical
engineering manager for Ghana Health Service. The clinical engineers learned to
service key hospital equipment and established a preventative maintenance program
for all GMH donated equipment. This conference further has created a strong network, facilitating information and resource
exchange, between clinical engineers working at the northern district hospital level and the national clinical engineering level.
GMH is now including clinical engineering tools in our annual equipment donation shipment.
The engineering toolkits are based on needs assessments conducted with the clinical engineers to ensure that have the most
necessary resources to maintain equipment. By establishing a strong partnership with clinical engineers, GMH is instantly
aware of any equipment breakdowns, can provide spare parts and tools to ensure equipment longevity, and has increased
capacity to evaluate donated medical equipment for durability and robustness.
Bongo Hospital Infrastructure Project (Special Project)
GMH collaborated with Rotary clubs across Ontario, as well as expert electrical technicians
Sion Jones of Trydan Systems Inc. and Chuck Zylstra of Klaas Power Systems, to make major
improvements to the safety and infrastructure of Bongo Hospital. The hospital, which serves
a population of nearly 90,000 people, suffered a devastating electrical fire in 2012 that
destroyed the facility’s operating theatre. Together, GMH and its partners were able to finish
the construction of a brand new operating theatre, providing access to safe surgeries for the community, as well as facilitate the
rewiring of eight priority hospital wards to ensure the safety of the hospital and prevent future fire outbreaks.
Kadema Borehole Project (Special Project)
Together with the Rotary Club of Guelph Trillium and Operation Groundswell, GMH supported the
construction of a new water source for the people of the Kadema community. This desperately
needed borehole, or well, will eliminate financial and geographic barriers that have historically
restricted the community’s access to water. It will provide clean water for over 350 people living in
the rural, remote Upper East Region of Ghana, to be used for drinking, cooking, livestock, hygiene