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Project information

TLC Ghana

Create a transplant programme for the people of Ghana to give those with kidney failure a chance of a normal life again.

January 2011 - December 2017

Charity information: Transplant Links

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  • Need


    People with kidney failure in Ghana have very little chance of survival. The outlook is worse than having HIV/Aids. Some kidney dialysis machines are available but at $100/session, 3 times a week, are out of financial reach of most. A transplant is the only real chance of a normal life. TLC performs surgeries and teaches the skills to doctors for a sustainable programme in the future. The kidney donor is a healthy member of the family who is given the chance to save the life of their loved one


    Teaching transplant skills to local doctors, and performing surgeries save lives directly, and ensures many more will be saved in the future.
    For each transplant a kidney is donated by a healthy relative of the person with kidney failure. We all only need one kidney - so they return to a normal life having saved the life of their loved one. Helping a parent to save the life of their child is the best gift anyone could give, and was the driving vision for the creation of TLC.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help one member of a family save the life of their loved one who is dying of kidney failure


    » TLC performs living related kidney transplants and teaches skills to local surgeons and kidney specialists

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    Lives directly saved through the work of TLC

    Aim 2

    Teach transplantation skills to local doctors


    » Teams of British transplant doctors visit Ghana to perform surgeries and teach skills, and offer continued mentoring in between visits.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    Transfer of skills, and continuation of a transplant programme into the future

    Aim 3

    Support a sustainable national kidney transplant programme serving the people of Ghana


    » Provide ongoing mentoring and support from British volunteer doctors and nurses, and continued team visits.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...
    A self-sustaining kidney transplant programme

  • Impact


    It will offer the hope of survival, and return to normal life for thousands of people in Ghana suffering from kidney failure. The success will be demonstrated through the lives saved, and the continuation of a service after the TLC team has completed its project, although a long-term partnership offering continued support is envisaged


    Risks - political and financial support locally for the continuation of the programme: We ensure that our programme has the support of the Health Minister, and Chief Executive of the Korle Bu Hospital in Accra Ghana


    Reports can be provided after each team visit, planned to take place twice/year

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £150,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £120,000 TLC team visit 20k per visit x2 over next 3 years
      £30,000 Organisation costs 10k costs of organising missions/year over 3 remaining years
  • Background


    Korle Bu Hospital in Accra Ghana


    People of Ghana suffering from chronic kidney failure

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    TLC is the only charity that supports the sustainable development of living kidney transplantation in developing countries. TLC has a central core of UK volunteer medics, leaders in their field, who undertake this work - under the leadership of the University Hospital Birmingham

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Dwomoa Adu

    Consultant Nephrologist at Korle Bu Hospital Ghana

    Dr Sulley Gariba

    First Advisor to the President of Ghana, and overseer of the Ghana transplant project

    Mr Andrew Ready

    Consultant renal transplant surgeon at University Hospital Birmingham, and Medical Director of Transplant Links

    Dr Jennie Jewitt-Harris

    CEO of Transplant Links

Thank you for coming to save our lives. Thanks to you we can have a normal life again

Patricia, who gave one of her kidneys to husband Patrick