Host Organization Details
Mab International Hospital
In 2001, the Mab Medicare Centre opened, due to the increasing need of medical facilities in the greater Accra region. The reason that medical facilities providing treatment had such a urgent need to expand was the high rate of population growth. This growth was due to urbanization and the belief that almost all jobs are located in the city. As a result, many people moved from rural communities to Accra with the hope of finding steady work and the opportunity to make more money. Although these opportunities do exist, the cost of living is higher in the city and the competition for jobs greater.
As more people moved into the city, increased challenges became apparent: lack of access to clean water supplies, inadequate sanitation facilities and insufficient food supplies. As a result, this has led to massive implications to the people's health in Accra and surrounding regions.
Mab Medicare is Centre a multifaceted medical facility located in the greater Accra region of Ghana. The staff at Mab Medicare Centre are dedicated to providing quality medical services and at addressing the various medical issues that their country faces.
The GOAL of the Mab Medicare Centre is to: educate and provide treatment in Accra and surrounding communities, to strive to reduce and eventually eliminate the top 5 diseases that effect people in Ghana. The diseases include: HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Poliomyelitis and the Guinea Worm Infection.
Mab Medicare Centre consists of four clinics, a hospital and one training facility. The Centre's list of services include a: Pharmacy, Laboratory, Surgical Unit and 24 hour Ambulance Service. The hospital has five operational Units: a V.I.P. Ward, a Male Ward, a Female Ward, a Side Ward and a Recovery Room.
In 2012 the number of patients seen at the Centre was 1,7661, however they will surpass that number in the current year.
Ghana has three types of health insurance policies for its citizens. The National Health Insurance Policy which is for everyone and is provided by the Government of Ghana and two Private Health Insurance Policies.
Does this organization have any religious affiliations?
This hospital does not have any religious affiliations but the dominant religion in Ghana is Christianity. Therefore, some of the employees and/or patients may say certain prayers throughout the day and may ask for the staff to pray together at the end of each shift. Although you do not have to participate in any religious ceremonies or prayers we ask that you please be respectful when these services or prayers do happen.
The hospital staff are willing to work with any volunteers regardless of their religious affiliations. As long as, the person is passionate about working for the patients and agreeable to team participation.
Mab Medicare Center was opened in 2001 in Accra by Dr Jacob Akuamoah Boateng. It started as a medical clinic and was called the Megavest Medical Center which was located in North Kaneshie. By providing good service and a high standard of care it quickly developed into a private hospital.
Mab Medicare Center serves individuals from all parts of the Greater Accra region.
Mab Medicare Center is completely funded by private donations. The reason that they rely on private donors is because the Ghanaian Government does not have enough money to support all medical facilities throughout Ghana. Medical Centers like Mab Medicare Center plays an important role in providing quality health care to many Ghanaian citizens who otherwise may go unattended.
Mab Medicare Clinic really would like the donation of people's time at the hospital. However, any type of donations that a volunteer would like to give would be greatly appreciated.
Types of medical supplies needed include: band-aids, gloves, digital thermometer, lab masks, IV and infusion equipment, gauze, antiseptic soaps, hospital bed sheets, condoms to give out to patients for free, wheelchairs, crutches, cleansing wipes, adhesive bandages, tweezers, triangular bandages, tongue depressors, vitamins and antiseptic lotions.
Volunteers who have donations that they would like to give outside of this list should contact the Ghana Program Coordinator to confirm that the items are needed.