Honorable Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, Ghana’s minister of health, and Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sanford Health, jointly announced that the Ministry of Health and Sanford have joined together in a public-private partnership to increase access to healthcare throughout Ghana. This partnership will allow Sanford International Clinics to open over 300 clinics throughout Ghana by the year 2020, during which they expect to serve 4.5 million patients each year. This partnership is intended to improve maternal health throughout Ghana and help reduce the infant mortality rate. The clinics will be opened in "peri-urban" and rural areas, allowing more people to access primary care services. Kojo Taylor, president of Sanford International Clinic-Ghana, is looking forward to the impact these clinics will create.
'"Much of the rural population in Ghana does not have access to basic care,” said Taylor. “The addition of these clinics will greatly change the scope of health care across the nation. Thousands of families will no longer be forced to travel for basic services."'
Sanford Health is headquartered in the US and the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation. Additionally, Sanford is creating international clinics in Ghana, Israel, Mexico and China. Sanford International Clinics first opened a clinic in Cape Coast in January of 2012. They have since opened four additional clinics and treated more than 180,000 patients in Ghana. This large partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health holds much potential for improving health care throughout Ghana and we look forward to seeing their progress over the next several years!