The University of Newcastle, Australia

CARE-P refurbished and commissioned Accra Psychiatric Hospital VIP Ward in time to fight COVID

Monday, 18 May 2020

The Centre for African Research, Engagement and Partnerships (CARE-P) was a lead agency in partnership with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Foundation of Ghana in securing DFAT funding to redesign/refurbish the VIP ward and to also construct a 10 seater toilet block at the Cured Leper’s Village, Godokpe-Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana.

His Excellency Mr Andrew Barnes, Australian High Commissioner to Ghana and West Africa opened a refurbished VIP ward at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital in Ghana on Monday 11th May. The Centre for African Research, Engagement and Partnerships (CARE-P) was a lead agency in partnership with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Foundation of Ghana in securing Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Direct Aid Program (DAP) funding to redesign/refurbish the VIP ward and to also construct a 10 seater toilet block at the Cured Leper’s Village, Godokpe-Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana.

The refurbished VIP lounge has a plaque fixed on the wall that acknowledges the contribution of the University of Newcastle, Australia. The completion and dedication of the ward during this COVID period is perfect timing. The ward is brand new and the health service will use it in the first instance as an isolation unit for COVID-19 patients which is exciting because the facility will have an immediate and significant impact on the health of both mental health care workers and patients during this difficult period. The project fits well into the University of Newcastle’s (UON) Better, healthier living strategy, promotes CARE-P/UON as making genuine Global impact by leading the development of a unit that will serve as a major health facility in the fight against COVID-19 in Ghana, West Africa. CARE-P acknowledge A/Prof Chris Kewley (The inaugural Director of CARE-P) for his leadership in seeing this project to completion.

A second CARE-P led project to construct a 10-seater toilet block at the Cured Leper’s Village, Godokpe-Ho in the Volta Region of Ghana is progressing well.

Janet Dzator (PhD)

Director: Centre for African Research, Engagement and Partnerships

His Excellency Mr Andrew Barnes, Australian High Commissioner to Ghana and West Africa and hospital staff at the opening of the refurbished wardsignage posted on the refurbished VIP ward at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital in Ghana refurbished ward


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