Our long-term partner, Afrikids, has begun building work on the Pears Mother and Babies Centre in Nakwaabi, a rural village in Northern Ghana. The current facility can only treat around 10 babies a year, while the new residential centre will be able to accommodate 70 babies and mothers. At-risk babies and their mothers will spend three to six months at the centre, where they will be given not only urgent medical treatment but also comprehensive training on childcare: learning to make nutritious meals and provide basic healthcare to their baby. In addition, the mothers (often teenagers) will receive advice on family planning and learn about the importance of education and healthcare.
The new projects will focus on various aspects of ageing and how it affects diabetes, vascular disease, neuro-degenerative disease such as Multiple Sclerosis, brain imaging, as well as the use of technology for macular disease research.