At our guesthouse bar, we met with Kofi Gyan, a fantastic new contact from the University of Michigan, who seems to know everyone and everything related to health and healthcare delivery in Ghana. Together, we reviewed the blueprints for the child and maternal nutrition center that we are building in Lawra, and discussed changes in dimensions and layout of specific rooms. After final meetings with the health staff of the Lawra District Hospital and our contractor, we will be ready to break ground!
Even more important than Kofi’s advice about the physical construction of the center was his advice—taken from years of experience carrying out projects in Ghana—on issues of accountability, payment, and coordination. In hopes of building a larger and more comprehensive center (particularly a large kitchen for preparation of food and maternal education workshops) we are working with Kofi to apply to the international Rotary Club matching program with support from a rotary club in northern Ghans and it’s counterpart in Ann Arbor, Michigan.