Alzheimer’s Ghana in a research collaboration with mental health experts

Research and Education
Due to lack of research and information on dementia in Ghana, Alzheimer`s Ghana team has been working to bring together students and researchers in the area of Mental Health to undertake basic research on dementia.

A meeting with research a student from College of Nursing, Sweden on 10th April 2015
Alzheimer`s Ghana had a series of meetings during this period ranging from Board Meetings on 4th and 11th May, Lunch and Dinner with the Board and other professionals in the field and also working hard to plan our forthcoming Anniversary Conference and Alzheimer`s Day in September 2015.

Alzheimers Ghana on an advocacy mission at the ministry

Advocacy
2nd March 2015, Our advocacy team held a discussion with the Deputy Minister for Health and a separate discussion with the Director General of Ghana Health Service to brief them on the activities of Alzheimer`s Ghana. The Deputy Minister in turn, reiterated government`s commitment to helping people who are affected with this disease and their families. We also presented a letter to him to invite him to the summit organized by WHO namely the 1st Global Ministerial Conference on Dementia in Geneva, Switzerland.

AlzGH team after a meeting with Deputy Minister for Health and the Director of Nursing.

Advocacy

2nd March 2015, Our advocacy team held a discussion with the Deputy Minister for Health and a separate discussion with the Director General of Ghana Health Service to brief them on the activities of Alzheimer`s Ghana. The Deputy Minister in turn, reiterated government`s commitment to helping people who are affected with this disease and their families. We also presented a letter to him to invite him to the summit organized by WHO namely the 1st Global Ministerial Conference on Dementia in Geneva, Switzerland.

The IOM Conference in Ghana

27th and 28th April 2015, our team participated in a Workshop organized by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), USA to strategize for provision of a Sustainable Mental Health Care in Ghana. The workshop was used to strengthen collaborations with both local and international partners in Mental Health delivery and also with the Government Agencies.

At IOM Workshop

Research and Education

Due to lack of research and information on dementia in Ghana, Alzheimer`s Ghana team has been working to bring together students and researches in the area of Mental Health to undertake basic research on dementia.

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A meeting with research a student from College of Nursing, Sweden on 10th April 2015

Alzheimer`s Ghana had a series of meetings during this period ranging from Board Meetings on 4th and 11th May, Lunch and Dinner with the Board and other professionals in the field and also working hard to plan our forthcoming Anniversary Conference and Alzheimer`s Day in September 2015.

Updates of the World Alzheimer`s Month Activities

Updates of the World Alzheimer`s Month Activities

Here is a short report on the activities during the just ended World Alzheimer`s Month.On the Tuesday the 2nd of September Alzheimer`s Ghana launched the Months celebration at the Nabita Nursing Training College in Tema.

  • Thursday the 4th of September, our team was hosted on Dementia Awareness and Education programme on Hot FM/Radio Station at Accra. The programme lasted for about 20mins and attracted over 15million listeners both in the cities and villages.
  • Wednesday the 10th of September, our team also organised Dementia Awareness and Education programme at Citi FM/Radio Station at Accra the and this programme attracted over 20million audience.
  • Sunday the 14th of September, our team undertook Dementia Awareness and Education programme and Research Questionnaires at Royal House Chapel at Afienya town in the Ningo Prampram District Assembly. About 100 congregations was educated.
  • Tuesday the 16th of September, our team again undertook Dementia Awareness and Education programme and Research Questionnaires at Royal House Chapel at Afienya town in the Ningo Prampram District Assembly.
  • Wednesday 17th of September, our team conducted Dementia Awareness and Research Questionnaires at the Morbole Local Community in the Ningo Prampram District of Ghana.
  • Friday the 19th of September, our team were at Ashaiman Senior High School for education on Dementia Awareness and Research Questionnaires. Over 200 students between the ages of 16-25yrs at Ashaiman in the Tema Metropolital Assembly participated in the activity.
  • Sunday the 21st of September, our team visited Afienya Roman Catholic Church and did a presentation on Dementia and World Alzheimer`s Day. Over 250 people participated.
  • Monday the 15th of September, our team did a presentation on Dementia and reducing its Risks at the Rotary Club, Accra. Over 50 people were present.
  • Thursday the 25th of September, our team visited the Minister for Health and Nungua Traditional Council to invite the Minister, the chiefs and elders to the conference.
  • Tuesday the 30th September between 6am – 7am, our team was hosted by Ghana Television Corporation (GTV) on Breakfast show. We used this occasion to educate the public of over 25million on the topic Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?

 

 

Tuesday 30th September between 10:30am – 1:30pm

Alzheimer`s Ghana climaxed the month`s programmes with a Conference involving Government officials, WHO representative, Traditional Leaders, Security personnel from Ghana Armed Forces, Health Professionals from Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Services, Nursing/Medical Students, other NGOs, representatives from various media groups and other stakeholders. Below is the programme line-up.

Theme- Dementia: Can we reduce the risk?

Conference: Tuesday, 30th September 2014   10.30am – 1.30pm
Venue: Christ The King Catholic Church Conference Hall

Aims

  • to highlight the plight of people with dementia and their families in Ghana’s ageing population
  • to look at how to reduce the risk of dementia in Ghana by involving stakeholders and the general public
  • to launch an appeal for support for the organisation and people affected

Chairman: Professor Joseph Bediako Asare, (Chairman, Mental Health Board)

King Odaifio Welentsi III, Chief of Nungua Traditional Area.


Conference Pictures

World Alzheimer’s Day

World Alzheimer’s Day

September 21st of each year, is a year, is a day on which Alzheimer ‘s  organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia.

How Can World Alzheimer’s Day Help

Awareness about this degenerative and irreversible disorder is very important to understand and care for the patients affected with Alzheimer’s. The world Alzheimer’s Day focuses on getting more people know about the disease and why and how the patients could be managed though the disease itself cannot be cured.

The first people who should be educated on the symptoms and management of the disease are those who have someone suffering from it. In most of the cases the early Alzheimer’s symptoms are mistaken for age related forgetfulness and the disease is diagnosed only after it advances to a higher stage making it equally difficult for the patients and for the caregivers.

Being patient and knowing the symptoms and the extent to which the disease can progress will help in taking care of the patient and bearing with the pain of seeing their loved ones deteriorate into living log. The international Alzheimer’s  day tells the people that, they are not alone in their misery and someone next to them are facing the same or similar trauma; the talk show and the articles on the disease helps in educating the world to know more about the disease. The day also promotes the donation into the fund for Alzheimer’s research which may someday provide a breakthrough for the treatment and new findings in to key to unlock the disease.

Alzheimer`s Ghana joined Mrs Adih, President of the Board in Celebrating her Mum`s 80th Birthday

Alzheimer`s Ghana joined Mrs Adih, President of the Board in Celebrating her Mum`s 80th Birthday

Alzheimer`s Ghana joined Mrs Adih, President of the Board in Celebrating her Mum`s 80th Birthday on 17th May.

We used this occasion to interact with Nana Oye Lithur, Ministers for Gender Children and Social Protection and Mrs Qweenstar Pokuah Sawyerr, Deputy Minister for Central Region, who were present and also engaged some prominent men who were also present to support and donate towards Alzheimer`s Ghana activities.

TRAINING OF TRAINERS PROGRAMME

TRAINING OF TRAINERS PROGRAMME

Alzheimer`s Ghana in collaboration with Vision Allied Health Institute in Maryland, USA organised a (2) day training programme for Doctors, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Health Workers and Workers NGOs in the Health Sector on 13th-14th May 2014. The programme was a success. In pictures; (Demonstration of resuscitating a chocking dementia patient.)

AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS

AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS

In line with our strategic action plan of creating Awareness and Advocacy, Alzheimer`s Ghana participated in a collaborative programme with the Ministry of Children Gender and Social Protection to sensitize people from age 55 and above on dementia. This followed an invitation from the Minister whose Ministry is also undertaking free biometric registration (NHIS card for old people aged 55 and above). Alzheimer`s Ghana awareness creation team delivered talks to the recipients on Dementia, causes, Signs and Symptoms, available Therapies and Care for people with Dementia. The team participated in the joint programme at Ashaiman on Saturday the 24th of May, Nungua on Saturday, 7th of June and Korle-Bu on Saturday the 14th of June 2014. Each programme covered about 500 old people from the various communities. Response had been positive as questions were asked about the disease and its implication on families. The volume of calls received daily on our 24hour helpline has so far increased putting pressure on our committed team of volunteers. The Minister was very excited but pointed out that the Government has a serious economic problem at the moment. She has however pledged her future financial support for Alzheimer`s Ghana.

 

Our next trip will be on Saturday 21st of June at Agona East in the Central Region where we have been invited by the Regional Minister to undertake the same educational programme on Dementia to about 500 elderly people. Here are some of the pictures.

AWARENESS TRIP TO ASHAIMAN IN THE GREATER ACCRA REGION ONTHE 24th MAY 2014

 

AWARENESS TRIP TO NUNGUA IN ACCRA IN THE GREATER ACCRA REGION ON THE 24th MAY 2014

TRIP TO KORLE-BU IN ACCRA ON THE 14TH JUNE 2014