Sanford Health has announced a partnership with the Ghana Ministry of Health to build three hundred clinics in the West African country by 2020.
According to the Argus Leader, the Sioux Falls-based healthcare system will commit $30 million over ten years through its international clinic initiative to the effort — funds it received as part of a $400 million gift from namesake benefactor T. Denny Sanford in 2007. The funds will be used to establish a Sanford Health hub in each of Ghana's ten regions, with each hub to be affiliated with an average of thirty satellite clinics where nurses see patients and consult electronically with practitioners at the main clinic as necessary. Primary goals of the public-private partnership include improving access to maternity care in peri-urban and rural areas and bringing primary care services closer to more Ghanaians. Sanford will operate the clinics, employ some of the workers, and have its name on the buildings.
The effort is expected to receive millions more in funding from the ministry of health as well as from George Uwusu, a wealthy oil developer who has committed $2 million to the project and has pledged to help raise another $8 million. Since 2012, Sanford Health has established five clinics in Ghana that have treated more than 180,000 patients.
"Our work with the Ministry of Health has the potential to create thousands of clinics in Ghana," said Jim Slack, Sanford Health vice president of Sanford International Clinics. "It is our intent to give the people of Ghana greater access to physicians and healthcare services, and we are most appreciative of the good working relationship we have with the minister of health."