Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Ecobank sponsors Degree Programme in Respiratory Therapy

Ecobank sponsors Degree Programme in Respiratory Therapy

By Isaac Aidoo
Ecobank Ghana and its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm, Ecobank Foundation have jointly offered to sponsor a new Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Respiratory Therapy in Ghana.
The sponsorship package, worth US$25,000, set to last five years will go to support pioneering medical students in respiratory therapy at the University of Ghana (UG) and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science of Technology (KNUST).

The initiative is hinged on a partnership between the bank and United States (US) based non-governmental organisation, Charity Beyond Borders.
Respiratory therapists are specialists who assist in managing patients in emergency rooms, trauma and intensive care units and help physicians and paediatricians manage patients with breathing difficulties.
The programme will see Ghanaian medical students undergo training and benefit from exchange programmes and seminars on respiratory therapy.
Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Ghana Foundation, Ms Julie Essiam said Ecobank by the sponsorship was poised to ensure that the skills required to save the lives of patients with respiratory conditions will be enhanced.
“Ours is to commit ourselves to such projects which that will undoubtedly save lives and ensure that knowledge on respiratory therapy will be a national asset to be passed on to future generations,” she explained.
The investment formed part of the bank and the Foundation’s contribution to improve access to quality health care in Ghana.
Ecobank supports communities across Africa through its CSR arm by re-investing in health, education and financial inclusion.
The Foundation’s aim, Ms Essiam pointed out was to increase opportunities across the continent where the bank operates.
Founder and President of Charity Beyond Borders, Dr Lisa Trujillo appealed for support to get the profession well established in Ghana and noted that there was the need for scholarships to subsidize tuition costs for students who would receive training in respiratory therapy in Ghana.
Dr Trujillo further disclosed that support for teaching faculties will include exchange programmes which will have both students and teaching staff from the University of Ghana, Korle-bu Teaching and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals visit Weber University and Kansas University for knowledge sharing purposes.
Other stakeholders include the Weber State University, the University Of Kansas School Of Health both in the US and the Ministry of Health.

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