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The Maternal Health Migrant: Elizabeth Vaah was recently profiled in the Toronto Star's immigrant story session, in which she referred to herself as a Maternal Health Migrant. Read the full publication at this link


Vaah Junior Award for Excellence in Maternal and Neonatal Care

The first ever award in the history of the Foundation will be presented to Dr James D Clayman, Medical Suprintendent of the Amasaman Municipal Hospital in the Amasaman Municipality of the Ga West District today, December 24, 2011. Read a summary of Dr Clayman's nomination at our 2010 nominations page.

Congratulations to Ernest and Benedicta Gyimah on the birth of beautiful Ann Michelle. Congratulations also to Adrian and Selalie Adotevie on the birth of beautiful Briana and a very big shoutout to Richard Dela Sky and his wife on the birth of their beautiful baby girl. See more pictures in our gallery

Vaah family welcomes Nyilale Vaah Junior II
On February 16, 2011 at 6.10pm EST, the Vaahs welcomed the newest addition to their family. Nyilale Vaah Junior II screamed his way into the world without any complications (normal delivery), overseen by a young, dedicated and human centered midwife in Toronto's Mt Sinai Hospital within four hours of Elizabeth's arrival at the hospital. The difference Excellence and human centered care makes in the lives of women and newborns!! Visit our photo album for more.

Vaah Junior Foundation emerges as Semi-finalist in Echoing Green competition to identify Social Entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for solving identified problems. Details at this link

Vaah Junior Foundation wishes all Ghanaians a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011. Read our full statement at this Link.

Vaah Junior Foundation at WOMM
Mrs Elizabeth Vaah, Executive Director of the Vaah Junior Foundation for Better Maternal and Child Health was at the 4th November 2010 meeting of the Women's Organizations Monthly Meeting organized every month by the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs. The meeting afforded Mrs Vaah the opportunity to interact with members, tell them of what the Foundation is, its goals and objectives and most especially to inform them of the ongoing Call for Nominations for the Upcoming Vaah Junior Award for Excellence in Maternal & Neonatal care.

Elizabeth Vaah, Executive Director of the Foundation gave a thought provoking presentation on the role quality of care at delivery plays in maternal and neonatal mortality in Ghana. This was as part of a forum organized by the Health Platform on Sept 22, 2010 at which the results of a study on tracking of the health MDGs by CSOs was launched. Access Elizabeth's presentation at this link

Vaah Junior Foundation at 2010 MediShop Expo
Through the sponsorship of the organisers, the Foundation is participating in the 2010 Medishop Expo which runs from Sept 23 to Sept 25, 2010. See you there.

Vaah Junior Foundation Opens Call for Nominations
The Vaah Junior Foundation will
be accepting nominations from Sept 1 to Dec 31, 2010 from Ghanaian women and their spouses nominating healthcare professionals and TBAs who have provided the women with excellent service before, during and after delivery. Read more on the awards at this Link

Vaah Junior Foundation for Better Maternal and Child Health accepted into membership of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) of the World Health Organization (WHO)

In a letter dated August 16, 2010, the Partnership expressed their pleasure in welcoming the Vaah Junior Foundation and urged it to contribute to the achievement of its
three year strategy and work plan. Membership offer the foundation opportunities to engage in more advocacy activities and network with others in raising the profile of maternal, newborn and child health issues worldwide.

"The right to medical records constitutes a right to information which is a fundamental human right. So, once the respondent refuses to give the applicant her medical records that prima facie is an infringement on the applicant's fundamental human right".
Speaking to the Press about experience at Lister Hospital is no grounds to deny applicant access to her medical records, Human Rights Court rules. Read entire ruling at this link.

Human Rights Court to decide on right to Medical Records on July 29, 2010.
Read Mabel Aku Baneseh's report in the Daily Graphic at this link.

Ministry of Health (MOH) responds to Vaah Junior Foundation

The Ministry of Health (MOH), in a letter dated June 21, 2010 and received by the Foundation on July 9,  apologized for their inability to attend the launch of the Foundation. The Ministry assured us that it had taken note of the issues raised, which it acknowledged is also of public interest. The issues, the letter indicated, were receiving attention.
Signed Ag Chief Director, Dr Sylvester Anemana for the Minister, MOH

Elembenlle District gets Mobile Clinic

A well furnished mobile clinic to cater for the health needs of people in remote parts of the Elembenlle district has been launched at Esiama, near Nkrofol, the district capital in the western region of Ghana. The mobile clinic, a personal donation by the MP for the area, Hon Emmanual Armah Kofi Buah was in fulfillment of a promise he made to the people. The Vaah Junior Foundation for Better Maternal and Child Health was at the launch to thank the MP for this gesture and to call on the health personnel on the Van to give their best in carrying out their duty.  

Vaah Junior Foundation to be at Medishop Expo 2010
The Vaah Junior Foundation has been offered a boot at the upcoming 2nd International Medical and Pharmaceutical Expo 2010 to be held at the AICC in Sept 2010. It'll afford the Foundation the opportunity to interact with the medical fratenity. Learn more about the Expo at this Link.

Business Guide's Sylvanus Nana Kumi recounts the heartbreaking story of Floo. The 35year old's dream of being a mother died with her, and so did her beautiful baby girl. Goodbye Floo, our hearts are with you. Read Sylvanus account at this Link.

Features on Maternal Mortality and Neonatal deaths in Ghana

 Joy FM special report: Dying to be mothers by Kwaku Owusu-Peprah

Richard Sky's special report: Victims, Citi FM

Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh replies Dr Yao Lotsu, Sena Clinic, Tamale June 3, 2010

In a thought provoking article headlined "Sanctimonious Triviality", Mr Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh of the Daily Graphic today commended Mr and Mrs Vaah for using the preventable loss of their only son to beat the path to a better future for efficient and effective maternal healthcare delivery. He called on the MOH and the GHS to demand records of all delivery cases to establish what contributes to success or failure to enable us fight maternal mortality from all angles. Read entire article here

Vaah Junior Foundation appeals to Ministry of Health - June 3, 2010

The Vaah Junior Foundation today presented a copy of the Video recording of the launch of the Foundation to the Minister of Health and the Director General of the Ghana Health Service. A letter attached to the said recording called on the Ministry to make every effort to provide answers to the issues raised by the Ghanaian public regarding preventive measures currently in place to minimise Maternal and Neonatal deaths in Ghana. For a list of these questions please follow this link.

Vaah Foundation must inspire hope

Last Friday, at the British Council Hall in Accra, a number ofGhanaians, including the former Minister of Health, Dr George SipaYankey, heard harrowing tales about the trauma that some parents endureat the hands of health personnel.
The launch of the Vaah Foundation could be one means to involve our people in contributing to health care delivery.  The foundation needs to be supported.  It must succeed.  Join it and help nurture it.

By:Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh, Daily Graphic, Thursday, May 27

Vaah Junior Foundation Launched.

The Vaah Junior Foundation for Better Maternal and Child Health was launched in Accra on Friday, May 21, 2010. Visit Launch Highlights for more.

Will the Vaahs benefit from Lister's Crucifixion?

A medical officer in charge of Sena Clinic in Wa, Dr Yao Lotsu in a letter with the above headline published in the Daily Graphic of May 26, 2010, sought to deride the Vaahs for DARING to go public with the mistreatment Mrs Vaah endured at the hands of health personnel at Lister Hospital that led to the death of their son, Nyilale Vaah Junior. His rather unfortunate line of reasoning and his own account of happenings at Sena Clinic has earned him nothing but ridicule from the Ghanaian public. We thank the Lovestone Mamattahs, the Ayeboafos and the Jackwells Boatengs of Ghana who do see a benefit to the Ghanaian in what the Vaahs are doing.

We hope the Dr Lotsu's of this country will take a cue from the fact that things are changing in Ghana, and as we continue to progress, more patients would insist on their rights. Its only fair that the health professionals who see to these "too known" patients would not feel threatened but rather use the opportunity to give all their patients all the care they need.

Vaahs reply Lister Hospital

"We are appalled at the level of intellectualdishonesty that is being displayed by Lister Hospital. We again standby our position that Lister Hospital is responsible for the death ofour baby boy, and will continue to use all legitimate means possible to obtain justice for our son and ensure that people who care about thetype of medical care they receive are not taken for granted".

Medical negligence: Another shocking death at Aflao
Reporters at Citi FM uncover another shocking case of medical negligence. A baby falls unto the concrete floor from its mother's womb and dies, and so does the 27 year old mother to be. Whither are we headed, Ghana?

Lister Hospital breaks silence
The great cover up is finally here. Thanks fellow Ghanaians for seeing beyond the camouflage. Look out for a fitting rejoinder from the Vaah family. 

Doctors operate pregnant women with cellphone light

Unless we as citizens demand better services from people in power and from one another, we will not get anywhere. How on earth does anyone justify the need for Jubilee House or a Presidential Jet, when pregnant women needing emergency care line up at Korle Bu waiting for space at the only obstetrics theatre? How many of those could we have built with the money used for Jubilee House or the Jet? How about Generators for hospitals?

Salome Donkor adds her voice

Manasseh Azure's take on the Issue

Another woman dies giving birth

Daily Graphic's Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafo in Solidarity With The Vaahs

Vaahs speak on Citi FM 97.3 breakfast show (April 9)

Joy FM 99.7 carries the Vaah story

Mr and Mrs Vaah appears on KSM's TGIF

Thomas and Elizabeth appeared on KSM's Thank God Its Friday (TGIF) show on Good Friday, April 2, 2010 to tell their story to the Ghanaian public. The show was repeated at 1pm on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010. Response to their appearance has been phenomenal. People with similar stories of loss of lives due to neglect and apathy has been pouring in from all over the country.
To hear Thomas and Elizabeth in their own words, please visit TGIFSHOW