Advanced Nursing training for Ghana (March 2017)

April 02, 2017
Richard Bendell

In 2016, Interburns was requested to provide an ABC Nursing training programme in Ghana in early 2017, as part of a larger project funded by the Tropical Health Education Trust with a grant to Canniesburn burn unit in Glasgow, supporting the development of nursing care in burns and plastic surgery in Ghana. Interburns has an existing collaboration with Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital since November 2013 and has provided training, assessment and other capacity-building with support from Wales for Africa/Hub Cymru Africa. This included previous collaboration with Dr Stuart Watson and colleagues from Canniesburn in November 2015 and April 2016 to deliver Essential Burn Care training and assessment of the burn services at Korle-Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.


ABC Nursing is a training programme specifically for nurses working in resource-poor settings, which has been developed, revised and delivered by nurses with input from other relevant specialities, including staff from both HICs and LMICs. ABC Nursing was developed by a mixed multidisciplinary team from UK, Ghana, Nepal, Ethiopia and Bangladesh including nurses, therapists and dieticians with additional input from surgeons.

Each version of ABC Nursing is customised specifically for the target country in which it is delivered. The course underwent significant revision and adaptation based on feedback from the courses in Bangladesh and in collaboration with local faculty from Ghana. Additional practical sessions and group exercises were added to ensure the programme was highly interactive and practical. The course is accompanied by a course handbook with 5 case studies, which were rewritten specifically for Ghana and developed by the local faculty to be relevant to the specific local context and challenges in sub-Saharan Africa and Ghana in particular.

The course was delivered over 5 days from 13-17th March 2017 at the Ghanaian Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) in Accra, Ghana. There were a total of 32 participants including nurses from Korle-Bu, Komfo Anokye and Tamale Teaching Hospitals and a number of smaller facilities, and 5 participants from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi. Faculty included nurses, dieticians, a physiotherapist and several other staff from the UK, Ghana and India.

Interburns would like to thank all the staff from Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Komfo Anokye who made the training a success, as well as the international faculty from the UK and India. Special thanks are also due to Dr Stuart Watson of Canniesburn/Resurge Africa and Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah from Korle-Bu for their role in funding and hosting the training programme respectively.