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We will be a force for good through our sustained activity and impact

Activity and Impact 2022 to 2025

This is what we, as a minimum, will deliver, and in line with our values, will hold ourselves accountable to.

  • COMPASS-GH established and a partnership agreement in place with
  • COMPASS-GH (NGO) Board Governance in place
  • Public Launch of COMPASS – Ghana in the UK and Ghana
  • Professional Fund Raising in Place
  • Start of Occupational Data compilation
  • Local Plans and partnerships being developed
  • 2023/24 Budget and Plans Agreed
  • Advocacy in Kumasi and local region
  • Active Relationship Building between health bodies, communities and other NGO’s
  • Firm base from which COMPASS-Gh (NGO) is able to operate from – secure, fit for purpose.
  • Key partners in Kumasi regionCredibility of Charity established
  • Board of Trustees developing greater awareness and oversight
  • £84k funding received and budget becomes a reality
  • Medical and Social Health Data being sourced – a bench line established for testing and relevance 2023/24
  • The physical planning of how community engagement will actually be delivered – resources and assets confirmed
  • Partnership agreements – legally tested and agreed, precedent for future years established involved in developing budgets for FY 23/24, learning and expectations
  • Advocacy with media Presence established with the capability to deliver regular programming and content agreed
  • Terms of references and methodology of working agreed
  • Operating and Reporting process active
  • COMPASS-Gh (NGO) a reality
  • Programme One and Two - (Spoke) Outreach to resource poor communities KATH and Peace and Love
  • Programme Three – Programme Three - Advocacy -outreach communications in partnership with Peace and Love Hospitals & Breast Care International
  • Sponsorship for transport secured
  • Fund Raising Established: £366K – In UK and Ghana – CAPEX programme for Matthew 25 (£50K) underway income restricted and secured over 12 months
  • Governance and committee protocols developed
  • First Impact Report
  • First Outcome assessment
  • First End of Life Public Health Model published
  • Local Strategy developed, shared – planning for inpatient units underway
  • Links with Hospice Africa and the Ghana College of Nurses and Midwives as educational continuum discussed, and concept planned
  • UK Exchange
  • Lancaster University
  • Mobile Clinics from KATH and Peace and Love Hospitals & Breast Care International - deliver 6 outpatient clinics a month - 2 Community Wide Presentations a month potential circa 1,000 patients, families and care givers supported, with improved, free access to pain relief.
  • Programme Three - Advocacy - outreach communications in partnership with Peace and Love Hospitals & Breast Care International – Radio and social media provide consistent coverage of capability with one regular talk in programme a week focusing on early presentation, health and end of life care
  • Sponsorship for three 4 x 4 vehicles secured
  • Medical Data from community visits, treatment and partners providing a platform for future modelling – initial capabilities and areas of greatest need established.
  • Fundraising Established – £366K Financial modelling credible as funding secured and governance minimise risk to donors, momentum established
  • Partnership models tested through quarterly audit and reporting into COMPASS-UK
  • First Impact Report delivered at the end of the year
  • First End of Life Public Health Model developed evidencing correct end of life characteristics for Kumasi region – relevant for the National Plan
  • Local Strategy Developed, shared with Accra
  • Links with other Palliative organisations established increasing profile and leading way for access to international grants
  • UK Exchange being discussed
  • Lancaster University wider research Programme being discussed, links with university faculties in Kumasi and Accra
  • (Spoke) Project - Compassionate Community Year Two - (Spoke) Increase reach across Ashanti Region.
  • Project - (Hubs) Palliative Ward - establishment of wards in KATH and Peace and Love Breast Care International, with working parties established the Ridge and KBTH for Q3/4.
  • Project – Education Continuum – First development programmes in place, students enrolled and financially supported 4 programmes to be delivered.
  • Project - Matthew 25 – CAPEX Underway.
  • Project – Pharmacy – Research Project underway probably in partnership with Hospice Africa – focus access, derivatives and post oral dosage/delivery.
  • Project – Technology – use of mobile technology to increase reach of patient care, advice line to support carers in community, diagnostic and support.
  • Project - Advocacy Kumasi Media now well established and content being shared across a wider audience. Potential sponsor deals being sought.
  • Second Impact Report – First real opportunity to measure success and what does success mean?
  • Second Outcome assessment – Financial modelling being developed to assess real impact of early referrals, local access and parallels.
  • Clinics ongoing intent to reach 1,500 patients, families, caregivers and their communities.
  • 2 Palliative wards established 15 to 20 beds – occupancy 90% - average stay 6 days circa 400 to 500 patients receive inpatient care over the year.
  • Matthew 25 – becoming a magnet and a focus for EOLC in Eastern Region, construct template for other Hospices.
  • 4 Palliative programmes delivered for Nursing and Care Assistants – up to 40 attended subsidised programme.
  • Delivers capability into communities and hospitals.
  • Advocacy and clinics having a real impact on community awareness, health care and early referrals. Mortality from Breast and Prostate cancer fall.
  • Significant impact of treatment for End of Life care - non communicable diseases make up 15% of all end of life patients
  • Data pathway – paper and digital information improving as ownership of the patient becomes more obvious and manageable.
  • Third End of Life Public Health Model – Working with Ghana Palliative Association – input to national model of end-of-life care.
  • Regional Strategy – linked to second year public health data – development of regional model – Ashanti representative of Ghana therefore lessons transferable engagement with main health care.
  • Second End of Life Public Health Model – Working with Ghana Palliative Association – input to national model of end of life care.
  • Regional Strategy – linked to second year public health data – development of regional model – Ashanti representative of Ghana therefore lessons transferable
  • Lancaster University – Partnership with palliative units Ghana.
  • International Publication and promotion of EoL in resource Poor Communities.
  • Mobile Clinics - MMPCTs established - ongoing intent to reach 1,500 patients, families, caregivers and their communities.
  • 2 Palliative wards established 15 to 20 beds – occupancy 90% - average stay 6 days circa 400 to 500 patients receive inpatient care over the year.
  • Matthew 25 – becoming a magnet and a focus for EOLC in Eastern Region, construct template for other Hospices.
  • 4 Palliative programmes delivered for Nursing and Care Assistants – up to 40 attended subsidised programme.
  • Delivers capability into communities and hospitals.
  • Advocacy and clinics having a real impact on community awareness, health care and early referrals. Mortality from Breast and Prostate cancer fall.
  • Significant impact of treatment for End of Life care - non communicable diseases make up 15% of all end of life patients.
  • Data pathway – paper and digital information improving as ownership of the patient becomes more obvious and manageable.
  • Third End of Life Public Health Model – Working with Ghana Palliative Association – input to national model of end-of-life care.
  • Regional Strategy – linked to second year public health data – development of regional model – Ashanti representative of Ghana therefore lessons transferable engagement with main health care.
  • Second End of Life Public Health Model – Working with Ghana Palliative Association – input to national model of end of life care.
  • Regional Strategy – linked to second year public health data – development of regional model – Ashanti representative of Ghana therefore lessons transferable.
  • Lancaster University – Partnership with palliative units Ghana.
  • International Publication and promotion of EoL in resource Poor Communities.
  • Lancaster University – Partnership with palliative units Ghana – two research projects funded.
  • International publication and promotion of EoL in resource Poor Communities – first series of guest presentations – on COMPASS-Ghana Case study.
  • Research engagement gathers pace.
  • International Grants being secured as a result of impact reporting.
  • Occupational health model developing credibility and robustness.

The State of Play

There is a critical need for end-of-life care in Ghana and the surrounding regions where mostly family caregivers provide care at home, unsupported by health professionals.

Working with local communities and trusted institutions, our mission is to reduce suffering and hardship in resource poor communities, by unlocking access to quality palliative and end of life care in Ghana.

Poor clinical health provision

Fragmentation, dislocation and under-funding characterise the current landscape for end of life care in Ghana, despite the country’s status as a continental leader in health insurance and strong government and societal support for health system Development.

From a shortage of specialised palliative care staff to inadequate training, poor infrastructure and limited pain relief, there are a number of issues that mean too many die alone, in distress and without dignity.

Poor public health data and planning

There is also a lack of any strategic plan at the national/regional level for palliative and end-of-life care, an absence of meaningful public and demographic Health Data to guide decision-making as well as poor integration across services. Against this backdrop, small investments in end-of-life care can prove transformational.

Support our work

By funding our projects, together we can create a better society and future for Ghana and beyond. Individuals and organisations who want to sponsor a specific deliverable within our scope of work are also welcomed.

Our innovative model

In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of No Poverty (Goal 1) and Good Health and Well Being (Goal 3) we are working alongside other healthcare and community organisations to develop an innovative hub and spoke model that integrates the highest standards of palliative care into existing systems.

Palliative Wards - Hubs

New dedicated palliative wards within the main teaching hospitals in Kumasi and Accra to serve as centres of excellence providing the capability and to transfer palliative skills into mainstream clinical care.

Mobile Clinics - Spokes

Small, agile Mobile Multidisciplinary Palliative Care Teams (MMPCTs) working alongside the existing community capability to support patients, family caregivers and families in hard-to-reach rural communities. These teams will deliver the practical skills, knowledge and clinical interventions needed to care with dignity for life-limiting illnesses across a wide geographical area.

Working with our partners we will also invest in 5 key initiatives which will accelerate the development of an effective end-of-life care ecosystem:

  • Health and demographic data
  • Technology
  • Research
  • Mentoring
  • Advocacy

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