What We Have Achieved

Since opening, the Korle Bu Stroke Unit has treated in excess of 700 people with Stroke. As of October 2016, average admissions at Korle Bu Stroke Unit are 25 per month, of which: -

84% had a swallow assessment completed
84% had a continence assessment completed
74% had a communication assessment completed
74% had a positioning and manual handling asessment completed
83% had family education prior to discharge
61% had discharge planning


Our Timeline...


  • Initial discussions and formation of a UK group, to explore the potential of supporting stroke development in Ghana.  Associated fund raising


  • March - First one week visit to Ghana
  • Discussions and planning as to how best to proceed, with associated funding resource explored


  • October – visit to Ghana, with Emily Rogers, Physiotherapist staying for a further 8 weeks to the end of December



  • February – THET grant funding secured until November 2013
  • May and September - visit to Ghana
  • Agreement on development of 4 core stroke skills – positioning, communication, swallowing and continence
  • November – Ghanaian medic, nurse and physiotherapist visit the UK for 2 weeks


  • January – Ghanaian nurse, Faustina Okine, is runner up in The Nursing Standard International Nurse of the Year award
  • June and October – visits to Ghana


  • January – Stroke Unit opened
  • October – THET grant funding secured until April 2017


  • March, May and October – visits to Ghana
  • Agreement on a further 4 core stroke skills to develop – mood, functional independence, stroke prevention and discharge planning. 
  • Leadership development sessions identified, to ensure sustainability
  • September – 2 nurses and a physiotherapist visit the UK from Ghana for 3 weeks 


  • January, June and October – visits to Ghana
  • November – Ghanaian nurse presents at the West African Critical Care conference
  • November – Ghanaian consultant medic and nurse visit UK to attend the UK Stroke Forum
  • Presentations of Leadership Development in Ghana at the THET conference, UK Stroke Forum and Joining Forces regional conference
  • Collaboration with Health Education Wessex to recruit two Improving Health Fellows


  • January - UK team visit Ghana
  • Improving Global Health Fellows (nurse and physiotherapists) complete an 8 week placement at KBTH between January and March
  • February - Dr Albert Akpalu presents on "Sustainability" at the Health Partnership Symposium in Tanzania
  • April - UK team visit Ghana and hold celebration event; final THET grant report submitted
  • November- the WGSP team are finalists at the prestigious Health Service Journal Awards.
  • November - application for further Health Partnership Scheme Grant successful; securing a further 13 months of collaboration, which will focus on training link professionals in two additional hospitals in Ghana.
  • November - paper published in South Sudan Medical Journal, download here

“Multidisciplinary working is for everyone; it is the future of medicine! It [MDT working across the hospital] will be difficult to achieve, but you have showed us that it is possible, and now we have the evidence.” - Dr Buckle, CEO of KBTH