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|Participating cities (LC's)||ACCRA: University of Ghana Medical Students' Association(UGMSA), KUMASI: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology-Medical Students' Association(KNUST-MSA, TAMALE: University for Development Studies-Medical Students' Association(UDS-MSA)udsmsa.org|
|Currency (how much is a Bigmac?)||Ghana Cedi (a 33cl can of Coca Cola = 1 GH cedi)|
|Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people||Enter numbers|
|Member of IFMSA since...||enter year|
|Number of incoming students per year||120|
|Who are our NEO's||Joseph Kebo Awindaogo, Erica Twum-Barimah and Kwekuma Yalley|
|Our official website / Forum / Facebook group||www.fgmsa.org / icon|
- 1 Welcome Note
- 2 Overview
- 3 Our health care system
- 4 The hospitals
- 5 Our medical education
- 6 Accommodation & Boarding
- 7 Social program
- 8 Local & National transportation
- 9 Weather
- 10 Social life
- 11 Pictures
- 12 Exchange conditions
- 13 Feedback
- 14 Cities offered for exchange
- 15 ACCRA
- 16 KUMASI
- 17 TAMALE
The Republic of Ghana is a country in West Africa. It borders Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word Ghana means "Warrior King," and was the source of the name "Guinea" (via French Guinoye), which has been used to refer to the West African coast (reflected in the Gulf of Guinea).
Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient kingdoms, including the Ga-Daŋmes on the eastern coast, the inland Empire of Ashanti and various Fante states along the coast and inland. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established a crown colony, Gold Coast, in 1874.
Gold Coast achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, becoming the first Sub-Saharan African nation to do so. The name Ghana was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana, which once extended throughout much of western Africa. In the Ashanti language it is spelled Gaana. About
Our health care system
With the introduction of the National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, healthcare has improved. Most diseases are treated without charge, provided the patients have registered for the NHIS. Every citizen pays a tax NHIL, which is used to ensure the running of this scheme
The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital .... Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital .... Tamale Teaching Hospital
The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital is the primary health care facility in Ghana. It is the only tertiary hospital in the southern part of Ghana and it is also a teaching hospital affiliated with the medical school of the University of Ghana .The hospital is currently being run by Prof. Nii Otu Nartey. The first kidney transplant in the region was undertaken in November 2008
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, is the second-largest hospital in the country and the only tertiary health institution in the Ashanti Region. It is the main referral hospital for the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions. The hospital was built in 1954 as the Kumasi Central Hospital. It was later named Komfo Anokye Hospital after Okomfo Anokye, a legendary fetish priest of the Ashanti. It was converted into a teaching hospital in 1975 affiliated to the medical school of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The hospital is also accredited for postgraduate training by the West African College of Surgeons in surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, otorhinolaryingology, ophthalmology and radiology. The hospital currently has about 1000 beds, up from the initial 500 when first built.
Our medical education
6 years of primary school, 3 years of junior secondary school /junior high school, 3 years of senior secondary /senior high school is necessary to enter university.The Human Sciences programme at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology can be entered directly after Senior Secondary School. The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital is the affiliated Teaching Hospital. The degree awarded is the MBChB. 1 year of biological science at the University of Ghana /a B.Sc is required to apply to the University Medical School. There is 1 year of basic sciences, 1 year of paraclinical sciences and 3 years of clinical studies. The degree awarded is the MBChB. The University for development studies runs the Problem Based System which earns one an MBChB degree
Accommodation & Boarding
Accomodation is provided at the student’s hostel and a meal is provided a day for bilateral students
Or social programme ranges from nights out to Salsa, Reggae parties, Pizza nights, Dinners or just hanging out at a bar/pub playing pool and chatting over drinks or singing karaoke; to nights in watching movies or playing games such as scrabble, monopoly, “Pueblo”.You can also learn the new craze in Ghana,"Azonto". Trips to various locations in the country are also organised. The social programme depends on the LC.
Accra Salsa nights: Do not come to Ghana without your dancing shoes. Reggae nights, Karaoke nights, Pizza night, International games, International cooking party,
Local & National transportation
Taxi and buses(trotro)
Sunny all year round! :) with the dry season from December to March with the minor rainy season in May and the major rainy season in July and August Humidity ranges from 50% to 100% Temperature ranges from 20 Celsius to 35 Celcius It is warmer and drier in the North and more humid in the South
Ghana has a vibrant social life and with Accra and Kumasi being the 1st and second capitals, with the medical schools situated at the heart of the city, there is never a lack of things to do. Ghanaians love music and one thing people might have to know is that there are no curfews for playing music. Be it a funeral, a birthday party or someone’s radio though in some parts of the country, a ban might be placed on “noise making” for a month for traditional/religious reasons during a particular time of year. FOOD There are many local foods to try but make sure you have some chilled water very close by because the only common thread of all the foods is its spiciness. Food never lacks flavour or colour and is almost always more than you can eat in a serving. Vegetarians will have to be very creative to ensure they get the right amount of protein because even though meat isn’t prominent in our diets, finding a meal that doesn’t contain some sort of animal protein might be hard. Cooking methods also centre around one pot so ingredients so usually all mixed instead of separated, so people with allergies or strict vegans might want to take extra precaution
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Cities offered for exchange
Accra is the capital and most populous city of Ghana, a nation on the coast of the western region of Africa. The city also doubles as the capital of the Greater Accra Region, and of the Accra Metropolis District with which it is coterminous. It is the administrative, communications, and economic center of the country. Over 70% of Ghana's manufacturing capacity is located within this region district. Accra has been Ghana's capital since 1877, and contains public buildings reflecting its transition from a 19th century suburb of Victoriasborg to the modern metropolis it is today. Among the attractions of Accra are the National Museum, with a display of exhibits that reflect the heritage of Ghana from prehistoric times to modern times, the National Theatre with its distinct modern architecture, Independence Square, the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, the Accra International Conference Centre, the fishing port at Jamestown and Makola Market.
Kumasi is a city in southern central Ghana. It is located near the Lake Bosomtwe, in the Rain Forest Region about 250 km (by road) northwest of Accra. Kumasi is approximately 300 miles north of the Equator and 100 miles north of the Gulf of Guinea. It is popularly known as "The Garden City" or "heart beat" of Ghana because of its many beautiful species of flowers and plants.
Tamale is the capital of the Northern Region(Largest Region in terms of landmass) of Ghana. It is located about 600km north of Accra. Tamale lies in the Savannah grasslands of Ghana. Tamale is a multiethnic and multireligious city being mostly dominated by Dagombas and Muslims respectively. Tamale has diverse forms of architecture ranging from mud round or square houses in some parts to ultramodern buildings. Places you can have easy access to are Mole National Park, Laribanga mosque, Mystic stone, Salaga slave market, Paga crocodile pond, Tongo hills and Wichiaw Hippo Sanctuary among others.
--experience exchange 21:43, 24 July 2012 (UTC)jkawindaogo neo2013/2014