Ananse Urological Web for Africa

Partnership objectives

  1. Offer direct help to patients with high unmet medical need for urological problems.
  2. Exchange of medical knowledge and skills between Dutch urologists and local doctors.

Surgeons at work in the operating theatre in Ghana Surgeons at work in the operating theatre in Ghana Copyright Astellas

What are the health needs and challenges?

In 2010, Ghana had only 10 urologists for a population of over 20 million.

However, in Ghana, many women suffer obstetric fistulas (open connections) which cause them to become incontinent due to long and uncontrolled deliveries or other traumas. Furthermore, obstetric fistula also poses a serious social problem in deriving women of their dignity, as these patients are frequently abandoned by their partners or exiled from communities because others regard them as "unclean."Such patients typically remain untreated since medical care for fistula requires high levels of medical skill and knowledge in urology. 

Summary of impact through December 2013 and forward looking information

Eleven Dutch doctors went to Ghana for the exchange program in the Autumn 2010. For four days the doctors operated in three operating theatres continuously and Astellas fulfilled a facilitating, coordinating and supporting role in the project. Twenty-five women were successfully treated and cured of incontinence. In January 2011, an evaluation meeting was organized to share the experiences with other Dutch urologists and plan subsequent exchange trips for the following years.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Astellas

Partner(s) Ananse Foundation, Dutch Urology Association

Type of Partner(s) NGOs, Professional Associations

Disease(s) Urology

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Women

Region(s) Europe & Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 2

Country(ies) Ghana, Netherlands

Start Date 2010

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Anticipated completion date 2011