Sankofa Medical Charities, a US nonprofit, donated two dialysis machines and 10 dialysis chairs valued at $60,000 to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to help enhance the hospital’s capacity to provide quality healthcare. Secretary of Sankofa Medical Charities Dr. Al-Majid Adams said the high number of dialysis requests received by KATH informed the decision to support the hospital. “Looking at the huge population that KATH is serving, it is imperative to support the hospital,” he said.

Sankofa Medical Charities is dedicated to fostering partnerships with other organizations to provide medical support for healthcare institutions in underserved communities. The nonprofit has already supported other hospitals in underserved communities in Ghana by providing hospital beds, ultrasound machines, dialysis machines and computers. The nonprofit has also provided capacity building support for healthcare professionals in the areas of health science and chronic diseases such as hypertension, kidney disease and diabetes prevention.

Dr. Oheneba Owusu-Danso, CEO of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, described the support as a timely intervention, noting that KATH was burdened with cases from all 16 regions of Ghana. Dr. Owusu-Danso said the donated equipment would support KATH’s efforts in managing haemodialysis cases. The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah expressed gratitude to Sankofa Medical Charities for the kind gesture.

Health professionals have confirmed that several people in the Ashanti Region of Ghana die every year from kidney failure. In 2021, for instance, seven out of the ten children who were diagnosed with the condition at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital have died. These deaths are attributed to the lack of dialysis machines in the region, which makes it difficult for hospitals to manage kidney problems. The donation by Sankofa Medical Charities is therefore a major intervention that will help reduce kidney related mortalities in the region.