The project is being operationalised under the partnership of University for Development Studies, Ghana the Ghana’s Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service and University of Stirling, the NHS Highlands and the Ghanaian Diaspora group all in the United Kingdom. This three -year British Council, (DelPHE) sponsored project began in September 2010 and is expected to end in August 2013. The project aims to increase the capacity of the University of Development Studies and a consortium of Higher Education Institutions, to facilitate accessible and equitable continuing professional development (CPD) programmes for healthcare professionals. These will be aimed particularly at females and those working in rural Ghana and will focus mainly on mental health and on maternal health programmes, which have been identified recently1 as priority areas for Northern Ghana.

This first edition is a mid-year assessment of the project, reporting period from September 2010 to February 2011(six months). Some of the issues featured in this edition include summary of the first year (2010) activities and summary of events that took place within the six month period. These include knowledge exchanges, formal agreements between partners, key achievements and challenges. Additionally, there are descriptions of events, meetings and assignments realized from September 2010 to February 2011.

Quite significantly, the period under review has been very active and engaging. The period witnessed the implementation of more activities than planned and it is our hope that the level of dynamism and commitment being expressed by the team members will be sustained throughout the project. We express our sincere gratitude to the Vice chancellors of the two Universities (UDS and Stirling), the Ministry of Health, Ghana and NHS Highlands in UK, the project coordinators from both countries, the entire project team members especially the Diaspora group and all other persons who participated in our discussions meetings and workshops.

The editorial team takes this opportunity to formally congratulate Anne Mason who assumed a new role in Zambia as project coordinator in health links in the last week of December 2010


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