NMSI Progress Blog

Shai Osudoku District Hospital – One Year Since Its Ceremonial Handover…

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The new Shai Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa was officially handed over by ex-President John Dramani Mahama at a huge ceremonial event that was broadcast live on GTV on the 4th April 2016.  The 120 bed then went fully operational in late June 2016 and witnessed the birth of its first baby less than 24 hours later.

Over the course of the next 9 months the hospital has flourished with some great stats recorded on their new hospital management system:

  • 36,000+ hospital visits
  • 20,000+ medical observations
  • 43,000+ lab tets
  • 3,400+ admissions
  • 300 births

Official Visit – Minister of Health inspects Dodowa Hospital

By | Dodowa, Press, Progress | No Comments

The Hon. Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu paid an official visit to Dodowa Hospital, attended by the Regional Director of UK Trade & Investment for West Africa from the British High Commission, Sharon Ganney, and the Chief Director and Regional Director of Health.

The Minister witnessed at first hand the outstanding work of medical staff, as well as the technical support staff, in this new-generation district hospital which is fully-operational.

Following the visit, the Regional Director of UK Trade remarked: “Having seen the build in various stages of construction, to see it delivering for Ghanaian people was testament to all of the great work done by NMS.”

Built To Care Ghana Project Showcased at the Africa Healthcare Summit 2017

By | Abetifi, Dodowa, Fomena, Garu-Tempane, Kumawu, Press, Progress, Sekondi, Takoradi | No Comments

Head of Business Development at NMS Infrastructure, Nicholas Oliver, lead a panel discussion at the Africa Healthcare Summit in London to showcase the Built To Care Ghana Project.

The panel was made up of Sam Hoexter from UK Export Finance, Polly Barker from architects tp Bennet and Ed Harking from Fieldstone Private Capital Group, with the session well received by all present.

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Menstrual Health Programme – Update

By | Giving Back, Progress | No Comments

The menstrual health programme sponsored by NMSI, A Child Unheard (ACU) and Ruby Cup in conjunction with the NMSI-supported Community Health Planning Clinic in Ayenyah is progressing well.

The uptake of the programme within the community has continued to grow and there are now 83 women and girls who have been educated and trained in menstrual health and how to use the Ruby Menstrual Cup. The distribution of the Ruby cups started on the 9th January 2017, when the school re-opened after the festive break. Once distribution has been completed, the programme will be monitored on a monthly basis to ensure that the impact of introducing the Ruby Menstrual cups is understood.

The hope is that there will be improvements in both the girls and women’s health as well as seeing an improvement in the girl’s attendance at school.

NMSI Implement Continuing Professional Development Training Programme

By | Giving Back, Progress | No Comments

Lead contractor on this Built To Care Ghana project, NMSI prides itself on its Corporate Social Responsibility programme and are always committed in the upskilling and training of all partners it works with.

Adrian Crowley, NMSI Senior Commercial Manager, initiated a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for the construction management team within Genelec – Soland – NMSI. As part of the initiative, procurement officer Ms. Cynthia Afi Dzakah helped coordinate, implement and moderate the roll out of the CPD programme.

Starting back in June 2016 and running every Friday for 6 months up to the end of the year, the programme covered a variety of topics:
• Best Practices for Identification and
Support of Claims
• Negotiation of Construction Claims
• How to Process Change Orders
• Bonds
• Pricing Structures
• Differing Site Conditions
• CPM Schedule Review and Analysis – The Method
• Cost Analysis

The programme also allowed for the young construction professionals to learn the art of project management in terms of: bringing a project in on time, managing teams and stakeholders, and working within tight budgets and to a satisfactory standard of workmanship.

The delegates who attended found the training extremely useful and confirmed it has enhanced their skills. They would like to thank Adrian Crowley and the team for their long term commitment and ability to support such a positive activity.

Every Little Helps!

By | Giving Back, Progress | No Comments

During November 2016 – Environment360, a charity sponsored by NMSI, contacted our CSR Manager to request some support with a landscaping project in Labadi.

While in the process of completing their work and preferring to avoid spending any more money than necessary, Environement360 asked NMSI whether they could borrow eight shovels. It may have seemed like a small and odd request but one that NMS Infrastructure in Ghana were happy to support.

Environment360 have since confirmed their project has been a huge success, whilst NMSI are glad to have played a small part in that process.

NMSI Support the Children of Old Fadama, Agbogbloshi, Accra

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On the 21st November 2016, Charlie Fisher (NMSI’s ICT Manager) donated the first consignment of educational books, clothes and games to the children of Old Fadama, which had been collected
by his wife Hilary.

The district of Agbogbloshi, Accra, is one of the most deprived areas in Ghana and West Africa. It is located adjacent to an extremely polluted wet land and life is not easy for the people of this district. NMSI Ghana friend, Sister Eileen (Franciscan Missionaries) who is a retired teacher, works in the district teaching children, who due to economic circumstances do not get a chance to basic education.

Sister Eileen also helps a local missionary (Missionaries of Charity) who recently built a school and a health clinic in the area. NMSI thought on how they could best help Sister Eileen and the collection for the school was started.

It is hoped that this is the first of many donations for Sister Eileen to then pass onto the Children of Old Fadama, so for anyone based in the UK who would like to make a collection of school books, clothes or games, please contact Caroline Young on cy@nmsigrp.com and send all donations to the NMSI office in Poole (5 Winchester Place, North Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1NX).

Thank you for your continued support.

NMSI, Soland and A Child Unheard Collaborate on Urgent Roof Repairs at ACU School

By | Giving Back | No Comments

During the months of October and November, NMSI enrolled Soland into one of our ‘Giving Back’ partners, A Child
Unheard, where they are now completing the urgent repair and renovation works to ACU’s school roof.

This project, partially financed by the funds raised by William Hsu (son of NMSI Deputy Chairman Fred Hsu) and friend Charlie Stevens from their epic 10,500 km cycle ride along the silk road for ACU, is a great milestone for Soland, as they gain their first, of what is hoped will be many, new contracts outside the ‘Built To Care Ghana’ district hospital programme.

This is phase 1 of the renovation programme at the school and sees the renovation of the kitchen, classroom and office block. This phase of works is well underway and is due to be completed by mid-November.

Richard Goodall, Director of Strategy – A Child Unheard Foundation, said “due to the condition of the roof at our school, we found ourselves in real need of a professional and compassionate construction partner. Thankfully we
found NMSI and Soland listened to our needs and they have exceeded our expectations. All of us at the A Child Unheard Foundation, the school and the children want to thank NMSI and their team for their fantastic help”.

Furthermore, Soland have employed labourers from the local Ayenyah community, in turn passing on and transferring long term skills to all those involved in the project.

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Menstrual Health Programme – Community Engagement and Training Begins at Ayenyah

By | Giving Back | No Comments

The menstrual health programme sponsored by NMSI, A Child Unheard (ACU) and Ruby Cup has started to be implemented through the ACU school in Ayenyah, in conjunction with the NMSI-supported Community Health Planning Clinic.

On 21 October an engagement session was held with the Chief and Elders of the local community to introduce the benefits of using a menstrual cup. This session was an opportunity to introduce the Ruby menstrual cup, as well as incorporate some basic menstrual health education. Sister Gracelove, from the Ayenyah Community Health Clinic, led the session which resulted in full engagement and support for the programme.

The first training session was held on 24 October with the teachers of the ACU School and the community health nurses, who will become the support and contact personnel for the girls going forward.

Studies have shown that girls can miss up to 20% of their schooling because they stay at home during a menstrual cycle. This absenteeism can cause some girls to drop out of school entirely, so it is hoped that this programme will improve the girls’ health and understanding of their menstrual cycle, in turn helping improve school attendance.

In total 25 pupils at the school, 8 teachers, 3 nurses and 37 women from the community will receive education and
training. This training will cover an introduction to the Ruby menstrual cup, how to use it and keep it clean and
hygienic, as well as basic reproductive health education.

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NMSI Support the Ghana Institution of Surveyors Annual Seminar

By | Abetifi, Dodowa, Fomena, Garu-Tempane, Giving Back, Kumawu, Sekondi, Takoradi | No Comments

On 28 and 29 October, the Ghana Institution of Surveyors held their annual seminar and it was with great delight that NMSI and Genelec Support Services (GSS) were asked to attend as part of the panel discussions.

Jacob Yalley, Head QS of NMSI-GSS, an up and coming chartered Quantity Surveyor, spoke about robotics in the
construction industry. His discussion included: on-site real time cameras, drone technology and project monitoring;
reliance on cloud computing and remote working; developing ICT systems on medical record (Mentisoft),
pharmaceutical and warehouse management systems; and communications with online conferencing for global workforce. The other panellist included a chartered quantity surveyor and a real-estate academic from a local university.

Damian Malins, NMSI’s Construction Manager and Projects Director, also gave a presentation to the delegates. This presentation covered the major steps in the construction process of the ‘Built To Care Ghana’ Hospital Project and how lessons can be learnt. He also discussed the key issue of work force management, highlighting the importance of employment from within the local community.

The seminar was insightful and informative and allowed a diverse amount of knowledge sharing. It also ensured that those who attended were better informed of the most up to date and new trends affecting their industry. ICT is becoming very important, and soon robotics in the construction industry will enhance productivity and efficiency in this field of works.

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NMS’ Bid Manager named joint winner of the GTR Young Exporter of the Year award

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Nick de Lisle, NMS Bid Manager, was named joint winner of the GTR Young Exporter of the Year award at this year’s British Exporters Association annual luncheon, held at Mansion House on 10 October 2016.

The event, sponsored by National Bank of Abu Dhabi, was attended by 200 members and guests including the Lord Mayor of the City of London, The Rt. Hon. Alderman the Lord Mountevans and Sir Richard Needham, the Earl of Kilmorey.

Speaking after the award, Nick said: “It’s a great honour to have received such an award and one which I am very proud of. However, it would not have been possible without the support of the NMS Directors, who have allowed me to take on greater responsibilities and learn from more experienced personnel in the firm about contract negotiations in challenging business environments. I see it not just as an achievement for myself but for NMS and the way in which we operate.”

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NMSI and GIZ launch the “Prevention is better than Cure” project

By | Dodowa, Giving Back | No Comments

On 8 October, Germany’s International Development Organisation (GIZ) and NMSI launched a €1.3 million preventive healthcare programme. The event took place at the newly-built Shai-Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa, where Dr Samuel Akaba, Director of Institutional Care Division, Ministry of Health, called on Ghanaians to be more responsible for their health. He said the race to get things done for the family could steal attention but knowing what can make “you healthy and less capable of achieving life goals and taking steps to stay healthy” is the best personal choice one can make.

Mr Hartwig Michaelson, GIZ Develop Programme Manager said that they are committed to building a healthier Ghana through development partnerships with the private sector. He said that the “Prevention is better than cure” concept was crucial to Ghana because the lack of access to preventive health measures was not only disadvantageous for the livelihood of vulnerable people but also has negative effect on the national health system and economy.

Finally, Dr Kennedy Brightson, Medical Superintendent at Dodowa Hospital, called on residents of the District and beyond to patronise the hospital’s preventive healthcare unit to check their health. The staff of the facility would provide support for “healthy patients”.

The programme will offer services for the education of infection prevention and control focusing on primary health risks, clinical screening including: body mass index, blood pressure and assessment of cardiovascular risk; education on tobacco and alcohol, and promotion of physical activity.

The launch proved to be a great success and it is hoped that the programme will become a contributing factor to reduced demand on Dodowa Hospital as well as improving healthcare in Ghana.

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Cycling UK Annual Awards winners!

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On Saturday 8 October, Will Hsu and Charles Stevens took centre stage at Cycling UK’s hugely successful Annual Members’ Get Together in Manchester, as joint winners of the Young Achiever of the Year Award!

School friends Charles and Will, who have both now started at university, pedalled 10,500km from Beijing to Tehran over 114 days this Summer, raising more than $50,000 for ACU in Ghana. They have also submitted a claim to the Guinness World Records to be recognised as the youngest people ever to cycle the length of the Silk Road.

Congratulations again to Charles and Will on their monumentous effort!

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NMSI Partners on a New Health Initiative

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NMSI and A Child Unheard have partnered with Ruby Cup for the launch of a new ‘Menstrual Health Programme’ to be launched next month. The programme will be implemented through the ACU school in Ayenyah and will be supported by the NMSI-supported Community Health Planning Clinic, adjacent to the school.

The menstrual cups, which are made from 100% medical grade silicone and re-usable for up to 10 years, are an eco-friendly and long-lasting solution to improving menstrual health, with Ruby Cup donating the first 100 cups to the programme free of charge. By introducing Ruby Cup into a community, it is hoped the programme will help improve the education of the girls on their reproductive health and menstrual hygiene.

Caroline Young, NMSI’s CSR Manager, said “it is great to be able to enter this partnership with Ruby Cup and A Child Unheard. Menstrual health is a hugely overlooked barrier to development and it has a significant impact on a girl’s health and education. Studies have shown that girls can miss up to 20% of their schooling because they stay at home during a menstrual cycle. This absenteeism can cause some girls to drop out of school entirely. With this partnership, it is hoped that we can improve the girls’ health and school attendance, whilst improving the understanding of menstrual and reproductive health within the community”.

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“Prevention is better than cure” – GIZ Update

By | Dodowa, Giving Back | No Comments

NMSI’s partnership with GIZ has progressed well over the last few months, with the foundations being laid for the initial roll out of the ‘Prevention is Better than Cure’ programme being headed by Miriam Sai, Genelec Support Services’ clinical specialist.”

The programme has progressed well and on 2 September, it was introduced to local Dodowa Community leaders and stakeholders, who have consented for the project to be rolled out into the
wider community. This is great news as this community engagement was always going to be crucial for the success of the programme.  It is also a great step forward in promoting preventive health measures and starting to educate communities on how to avoid risks to health and prevent illness. This is believed to be one of the fi rst preventive health care programmes in Ghana.

The aim of this program is to provide:

  • Access to information on preventive health in hospitals
  • Trained staff for consultation on preventative health measures
  • A bridge between traditional and modern medicine
  • Targeted information on high risks such as malaria, TB, HIV, waterborne viral illnesses

The programme will provide for:

  • Training for 30 Community volunteers and 18 Nurses from three local communities
  • A 14-day Community sensitization programme delivered by the trained staff
  • A 10-day screening program (BMI/Hypertension/Blood Sugar/Breast Screening/Nutrition) for the three local communities

The launch of the programme will take place at the Shai-Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa, built by NMS Infrastructure under the Built To Care District Hospital programme and fully handed over to the Ghana Health Service in August 2016, with three communities having been identifi ed to participate within this programme. GIZ will be working closely with the Ministry of Health on this and if the pilot proves to be a success, it will be rolled out into other African countries.

Further updates to follow in the coming issue of the Ghana CSR newsletter.

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Record-breaking cycle ride in aid of ACU in Ghana!

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Charles Stevens and Will Hsu, son of NMSI Deputy Chairman Frederik Hsu, can now lay claim to being two of the youngest people to ever cycle the Silk Road, as they reached Tehran on the 5th September to a rapturous welcome from family and friends. They were also congratulated by HE Nick Hopton, the newly appointed British Ambassador to Iran, in the elegant surroundings of the
recently re-opened British Embassy in Tehran.

Their epic cycle ride, that began in Beijing on Sunday 15th May, totalled over 10,000km in some of the harshest and least-travelled parts of the World. In the last few weeks alone, they endured searing temperatures daily, frequently in the upper 30’s and over 40 degrees celsius.

Speaking from Tehran, Will said: “It has been a trip of a lifetime, with its highs and lows, but we couldn’t be more grateful for everyone’s support, which helped us through the hardest moments”

The boys have achieved their fundraising target but any post-completion donations would be most welcome, as 100% of funds raised goes direct to supporting the ACU School at Ayenyah!

More info: beijingtotehran.com

To donate: justgiving.com/beijingtotehran

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Speeches from the Shai Osudoku District Hospital Ceremonial Handover

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The ceremonial handover of the Shai Osudoku District Hospital in Dodowa took place on the 4th April 2016 and proved to be a hugely successful event and key milestone for the project.

GTV broadcast the event live and have kindly provided us with some of the footage – please find below 3 of the key speeches, from The President of Ghana, the Minister of Health for Ghana and the UK Minister for Africa:

Noyaa Roof Project

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From 11 to 15 August, Tom Vaughan of NMSI led a team of employees and volunteers on a CSR project to renovate the Noyaa Academy in Jamestown, Accra, with the help and support of the NMSI team.

The roof had numerous holes meaning that during the rainy season classes were severely interrupted due to flooding, while the children’s school books and food was being destroyed. The roof was replaced with new roofing sheets; new guttering was added in order to channel run-off water and a concrete apron was constructed along the right hand side of the building to divert surface water away from the building. In addition to the above, the team also created a new classroom, for older Year 4 students, by constructing a new partition wall in one of the larger rooms, using materials recycled from the Dodowa Hospital build. Finally, the school exterior was completely repainted in its customary blue.

Tom said: “it has been a great privilege to head up this very worthwhile CSR project. It fills me with great happiness and pride knowing that the underprivileged pupils of Noyaa may now continue
their education come rain or shine and that one day they might graduate into the national education system. This could not have been achieved without the help of my colleagues here at NMS,
especially my right-hand woman, Safia Wahab, and the support of the headmistress, Rachel, the students and the rest of the local community who took it upon themselves to help refurbish the school.  Good job all round!”

Rachel Annan, Noyaa Academy’s Headmistress said “I thank you and NMS for your help, it was so heart-warming seeing the love from the staff of NMS to us.

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Ghana Hospital Project Shortlisted at UK Building Awards

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Dodowa Hospital has been shortlisted for the ’International Project of the Year’ category at the prestigious UK Building Awards 2016. Against heavyweight competition, TP Bennett, master-planners and lead architects, will be judged against:

  • Buenos Aires Ciudad Casa de Gobierno – Foster + Partners
  • Daytona Rising – Gleeds
  • Hong Kong International Airport Midfield Concourse – Mott MacDonald-Arup JV
  • Parc Olympique Lyonnais – Populous
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Park and Venues – AECOM
  • Sacred Heart of Kericho Cathedral – John McAslan + Partners
  • The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre – Expedition Engineering

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Now in its 22nd year, the Building Awards received a record number of entries, with the shortlists now announced in anticipation of the awards ceremony to be held in London on 8th November 2016. The International Project of the Year category, is for projects that are located outside the UK and will be judged on design, sustainability, innovation, construction performance, procurement and team work with the client.

This is the latest in a series of international acknowledgements for the Ghana Hospital project for finance, design and architecture and engineering.

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UKEF Pay Tribute To the Success of this Built To Care Project!

By | Abetifi, Dodowa, Fomena, Garu-Tempane, Kumawu, Press, Progress, Sekondi, Takoradi | No Comments

Twice in recent months, UK Export Finance (UKEF) have paid tribute to the success of this Built To Care Ghana project, where they helped with the financing of these new 120 district hospitals…

The first video is of UKEF chief executive, Louis Taylor, speaking to Business Reporter about their work with helping UK companies finding the right finance or insurance to succeed in selling overseas, while the second video is of David Ludlow, head of international business development at UK Export Finance (UKEF), telling TXF how the UK’s export credit agency is broadening its operational scope in Africa to support more exports to the continent.

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First Aid and Emergency Preparedness Training at Fomena

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12 members of the Fomena District Hospital construction team were taken through First Aid and Emergency Preparedness Training on 13th and 14th of July.

The aim of the training was to refresh and increase their knowledge and awareness levels in emergency preparedness, basic first aid, methods of assessment and the transmission of illness.

The session proved to be a success with a number of new first aiders appointed to support the site’s Health & Safety Officer.

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A Child Unheard – Update

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Under the stewardship of centre Manager, Reality Ayikoe and with the hard work of the Head Master, Ernest and the teachers, it is with great pleasure to report that the ACU Primary School in Ayenyah is making good progress – The Student attendance has risen from 48 to 102.

Due to some uncertainty around educational standards, all of the children have been put through a base line test so there is now a true picture of the children’s current reading abilities and educational level. This will enable each child to be placed into the correct learning program, so improvements will be more visible. It was also noticed that the students had difficulty in reading and speaking English so Reality and the team introduced an after school reading program which is proving to be a success.

The school has established a miniature pharmacy and fortnightly medical checks for the students and teachers. Thanks to a collaboration with the Head Nurse of the Ayenyah Community Clinic, the school has also started an adolescent club to help curb the prevailing problems of teenage pregnancy and truancy from school through life coaching and sexual reproductive health education.

Weekly output work inspections have also been introduced to understand how the teachers were performing. Even though this was met with some resistance at the beginning it is now great to report that this initiative has not only improved the school performance immensely but the improvements have also been recognised by the District Education Office. A huge congratulation to Ernest and all the teachers.

Moving forward and with the help of ACU fundraising efforts, the aim is to improve and repair the current fabric of the school, whilst the long term goals are to increase attendance and establish a Junior School – which the community has already engaged by donating land. If this aim could be achieved, then this would help an end to the children in the Ayenyah community having to walk up to 10 kilometres a day in severe heat to attain an education.

A Child Unheard are currently raising funds to refurbish and repair all the roofs of the school as they are leaking and causing major damage to the fabric of the buildings. The cost to do the required repairs is quoted at £20k. If you would like to donate, then please visit the link below:

https://www.justgiving.com/achildunheard

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Charles and William’s Cycle Ride to Tehran – Update

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Charles Stevens and William Hsu continue their epic journey, aiming to become the two youngest people to cycle the Silk Road.

Having cycled through China, Mongolia, Russia and Kazakhstan they are now making good progress through Kyrgistan. The boys are officially over halfway, having cycled more than 5,400km, about the same distance as London to Accra!

This challenging endeavour is in aid of raising money for A Child Unheard in Ghana. To donate please visit their JustGiving page (they have raised £20,837 so far):

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/BeijingtoTehran

 

You can follow their journey on their website and via social media:

Website – http://beijingtotehran.com

Twitter – @biketripping1

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/biketripping/

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Wall Art in the Paediatric Ward at the Dodowa Hospital

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On the 7th of July, a small team from NMSI office in Accra, spent their day at the recently opened Dodowa hospital for a special CSR project in the paediatric ward.  Tom, Francis and Cynthia, along with Adrian Crowley’s wife, Esther, and two young children, Oisín and Eabha, brought a little more colour to the ward by putting up some fun and decorative animal and “Thomas the Tank Engine” stickers on the walls. The artistic endeavours did not end there, with the pièce de résistance featuring a large jungle mural which is instantly visible as soon as you enter the ward.

We hope this will bring some fun and pleasure to the kids in the ward and will make their time there a little less distressing.

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