Professor Lorna Awo Renner is a lecturer at the University of Ghana School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Head of the Paediatric Oncology Unit at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in the capital, Accra
Lorna is extremely dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and care of children with cancer in Ghana, and is an active campaigner and advocate of the cause. She often writes articles and speaks to journalists and government officials about the issue of childhood cancer in Ghana and thanks to her hard work there are now several local funding sources supporting the project. Lorna undertook some of her training in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, UK and during her time there made long-lasting professional contacts and friendships which led to the creation of the twinning partnership between the hospital and the unit at KBTH. Lorna stresses the need for a multi-disciplinary team approach when it comes to childhood cancer; the input and training is needed of not only doctors but also nurses, psychologists, social workers and pharmacists to name a few.
Several training workshops have been arranged at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital since the start of the twinning programme covering a wide range of medical and nursing topics in paediatric oncology and Lorna believes that these are key to improving the services for children with cancer, especially those focused on palliative care which is an area needing much development in Ghana.
Lorna is a member of the World Child Cancer UK Board and also joins the Project Committee regarding programmatic advice for the charity.