Ghana’s healthcare sector was the topic of discussion during a visit paid to the country by ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), led by Mark Millar, member of ACCA’s council.
Mark met, among others, the Honourable Rojo Mettle Nunoo, Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Health; Dr Kwabena Opoku Adusei, President of the Ghana Medical Association;Ramatau Ude Umanta, Finance Director of the Ghana Health Service; and Dr Anthony Seddoh, Investment Advisor to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and former Head of Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation of the Ministry of Health.
Jamil Ampomah, ACCA director-Sub Saharan Africa, said: 'The aim of the visit was to strengthen our ties with stakeholders in this continent by meeting key professionals face-to-face to have an open discussion about healthcare in Ghana and what finance professionals such as ourselves, can do to help improve it here.
'Together we can promote public interest in healthcare and think of ideas together to make the healthcare system here more robust, and efficient, despite the issues relating to finances.'
The visit between 10-14 September, which included a conference in Zambia, was also used to launch ACCA’s first report about global healthcare called Global perspectives on health challenges.
The report contains interviews with ACCA members around the world who are involved in the health sector, talking about what the healthcare systems there are doing for the countries and the challenges the systems face.
Sharon Cannaby, ACCA’s head of health sector policy, said: 'The report focuses on the value finance and non-finance professionals give to the health sector and what our members think are the biggest challenges for their countries’ healthcare system.
'It was clear when interviewing them that the majority felt the ageing population and decreasing number of births to keep a steady flow of those of working age to sustain the ageing population, is a key factor in the challenges faced.
'Coupled with an increase in lifestyle illnesses, diseases and conditions, the report suggests it is challenging to satisfy the demand from a consumer driven society in both developed and developing countries.'