I was speaking with a group of urban CHW in Ghana (supervised by government) the other day when they summed up their experience with me on partnership
"Our experience with 'partnerships' have not been good.
Many of the foreign 'partners' look down on us and project whatever is being done as 'helping poor partners' when in fact there is a mutual benefit.
We have not been happy with this and have advised ourselves accordingly"
"We should not think about partnership here. Many of these so called partnerships are portrayed to the rest of the world as if our partners are doing all the major work when all they may do is to give us a device that may cost less than $1,000. Even if we need it, we should ask how much it costs and buy it rather than get into a so called partnership that makes it look like we were doing nothing before the partnership."
What are our take on this?
HIFA profile: Eben Afarikumah completed work on his PhD (ABD) with the Accra Institute of Technology, Ghana and Open University Malaysia. He currently teaches Business Systems at the Framingham State University, Framigham, MA, USA. He was a Senior Research Scientist with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana, and an adjunct Lecturer at the University of Ghana (School of Public Health and Business School). His Master's Dissertation was on 'Developing patient data mining system for the University of Ghana Hospital'. Currently, Ebenezer is the Executive Director of Worcester Massschusett based 501(c) 3 Telehealth and Assisted Living Center, Inc. Our missions are to *provide the citizens of low income communities and the developing world the best available health care while providing their healthcare professionals the best available health information and education. • engage the indigenes from the developing worrld to promote health care delivery to all those who need it using technology. *conduct and disseminate research findings to advance the practice of telehealth. A branch office is in Ghana to coordinate activities in the subregion. He is a HIFA Country Representative.
eben.afari AT gmail.com