Ghana Mission Foundation needs funds for Maltese hospital theatre


The Maltese Medical Centre HopeXchange hospital in Ghana.The Ghana Mission Foundation is raising funds for equipment needed for one of three operating theatres planned for the Maltese Medical Centre HopeXchange hospital in Ghana. This theatre will be completed by the end of this year.

The medical centre in Ghana was one of the projects chosen by Pope John Paul II in 1999. Work on the centre started in 2002 on land donated by the diocese of Kumasi.

The building of the centre was funded by donations given to the Ghana Mission Foundation, whose main aim is to support the ICPE mission and raise funds for this huge project.

The ICPE is an institute for world evangelisation set up in Malta in 1985 by Maltese couple Mario and Anna Cappello.

The health centre in Ghana consists of a hospital which will specialise in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, eye diseases, breast cancer, malaria and facial malformation. The hospital, which can host 80 patients, will also be used as a training centre for medical doctors in Ghana.

The Ghana Mission Foundation was one of the beneficiaries of funding provided by the Maltese Government under fast-start finance schemes launched in 2011 and 2012.

In 2011, €113,295 were allocated to a borehole project providing safe and clean water to the HopeXchange Medical Centre, as well as a solar heating system providing clean energy for the use of the centre.

These two projects are up and running. Last January, an additional €93,991 were allocated to set up a bio-gas system. Bio-gas is a by-product of the composition of organic matter heated in a sealed tank, known as a digester. The digester uses natural heat to provide bio-gas. This ‘clean’ energy will be used for cooking at the hospital and residence.

In 2011, the Exxon Mobil Foundation made a significant contribution to Mr Cappello. The International Oil Company also contributed $1 million to establish an infectious disease diagnostic laboratory for the medical centre.

It is estimated that over 800,000 people die annually from malaria, which is considered to be one of the major diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. The Infectious Diseases Department within the HopeXchange Medical Centre will be open in July.

The hospital will also include an outpatient department offering diagnostic testing, imaging and outpatient surgery, besides three fully-equipped operat-ing theatres, a pathology and radiology department, a blood bank, consulting rooms, a vaccination centre, pharmacy, chapel, laboratory, a mortuary as well as a cafeteria and lecture rooms.

The foundation’s office has moved to 495B, St Joseph High Road, St Venera (tel: 2124 2792).

Donations can be sent by cheque or money orders and are to be addressed to the Ghana Mission Foundation.

Bank deposits can also be made through BOV account 11206046019 or HSBC account 033-143819-050.

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