SwitchPoint Goes to Ghana

July 18, 2018At the Extreme Affordability Conference in Accra, we saw some of the unusual partnerships and switchpoints that are transforming West Africa ’s health and tech landscape.Nestled on the banks of the Volta River, about 50 miles outside of Accra, Ghana, something big is happening.Ensign College of Public Healthin Kpong is quietly demonstrating how its creative partnership with the government of Ghana, private philanthropists, and the University of Utah can serve as a model for preparing the next generation of global health leaders —and for making extreme affordability a reality.Extreme affordability—that is, making the highest standard of health care universally accessible and affordable to everyone—could be the key to overcoming extreme poverty and achieving universal health coverage, according to the University of Utah, which coined the phrase through its annualExtreme Affordability Conference in Salt Lake City. This year, they held the event in sub-Saharan Africa, where the need is greatest but the opportunity for progress is palpable.Ghana and its neighbors are tackling the biggest global health challenges of our day.I was one of more than 200 people, nearly half of whom were students, gathered at Ensign last week to explore how Ghana and countries throughout West Africa are tackling the biggest global health challenges of our day.Global health thought leaders from the region and from around the world challenged participants to be bold, e...
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