January 28 meeting
Local OB/GYN Dr. Amelia Laing updated club members on the status of Serving Women in Ghana (SWG) and her Obaatan Pa Women's Hospital in Accra, Ghana.
Dr. Laing's realization of Ghana's high infant mortality rates and that only 55% of births were attended by skilled professionals she felt called to action. With  encouragement from her sons and husband Dr. Cyril Ofori, the not-for-profit women's hospital was developed with high quality affordable care offered to all who are served, with fees charged on a sliding scale basis and with a percentage of charity care available. Using tax deductible donations, portions of her own funds from her Wayne County medical practice, Cleveland's Medwish organization, CAMO,  Aultman Orrville and Wooster Community hospitals, medical recycling companies, private donations, and a very large global grant from Rotary International, Obaaton Women's Hospital opened in July 2013. The hospital is now also able to provide outreach clinics and free Well Woman screenings. Dr. Laing also shared issues concerning the hospital's sustainability, its impact on individual lives as well as the hospital's challenges and successes. Obaaton Women's Hospital is guided by Ghana and United States Boards of Trustees, with local Rotarian Lynn Horner with 45 years of healthcare experience who serves as a Board Trustee and attended the meeting.  Other guests included Suzie Martin CNM, Linda Runion, Keokee Dutt, Courtney Peck and Joe Reed Esq.
PHOTO:  Meeting presenter Dr. Amelia Laing, MB, ChB, FACOG, Orrville Rotarian since 2000.
SUBMITTED BY Orrville Rotary Club (Wilma Raynor)