Dr Nana Yaa Akyaa Bonney has dreamed of being a doctor since she was in school. Dr Bonney became a medical officer in 2013 and has since been training at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) in Ghana, which is supported by World Child Cancer. Dr. Bonney has now become one of the first doctors to begin a paediatric oncology fellowship at the hospital.
This training initiative is part of a wider three-year partnership with the UBS Optimus Foundation. With their support World Child Cancer is aiming to create West Africa’s first Centre of Excellence for paediatric oncology at KBTH.
Dr Bonney takes great joy in caring for children with cancer and witnessing the success stories of children who have responded well to treatment. When meeting Project Manager, Meg Collington, Dr Bonney spoke about a young girl’s story that had a particularly big impact on her;
As well as the challenges of caring for children who have been diagnosed late and have low chances of survival, Dr Bonney also revealed the difficulties in sharing bad news with parents. Despite the emotional impacts of caring for children with cancer, Dr Bonney loves her job as she enjoys bringing smiles back to the faces of the children and parents she works with.
During her training, Dr Bonney will work on the general paediatrics ward at KBTH for six months before moving onto the children’s cancer ward and later completing a placement abroad where she hopes to learn about new ways to improve childhood cancer services in Ghana. Dr Bonney is also excited to learn new skills and knowledge to help overcome challenges on the ward and is looking forward to the empowerment the fellowship will bring.
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