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The Doctor

THE DOCTOR

Dr. Moses deGraft-Johnson, a native of Ghana, is a practicing Cardiac Surgeon and Managing Director of The Makola Group. He completed advanced training in the highly specialized field of
cardiovascular and thoracic foregut surgery and served as a fellow in cardiovascular pathology at the Dr. Jesse E. Edwards Registry of Cardiovascular Disease at the world-renowned C. Walton Lillehei Heart Institute at the University of Minnesota. Although his expertise is in the fields of cardiovascular and thoracic foregut surgery, his heart and passion is to see that every Ghanaian has access to all the supplies, tools, and services to live a long and healthy life.

With more than 15 years experience in global healthcare delivery, development, business financing and organization management, he is committed to the eradication of malaria, HIV, and high infantmortality rates in Ghana and throughout all of Africa. Dr.deGraft-Johnson brings to The Fever Relief Fund his expertise in business organization, strategy development and implementation. His involvement will open the doors for FRF towards implementing programs and services to combat malaria, HIV, and high infant mortality rates in Ghana. A pioneer of the consumer health movement, he has authored many articles and speaks frequently on the future of African and Caribbean health system with a focus on malaria, HIV, and high infant mortality rates. The doctor is convinced that these health disparities can be overcome. Dr. deGraft-Johnson gained national recognition for performing the first open heart surgery in the U.S. Virgin Islands territory in 2010 as part of the ongoing efforts to improve healthcare access in the developing world. His commitment to The Fever Relief Fund is to open the channels for medical supplies and equipment to flow through Region of Ghana.

The Fever Relief Fund seeks to address eradicating malaria, managing and preventing the spread of HIV, and to reduce child mortality. This will be accomplished through providing medical supplies, equipment and information to clinics and hospitals in the Dansoman Region of Ghana In Ghana, there are extreme challenges from the high rates of malaria, HIV/AIDS, and a high infant mortality rate. The Fever Relief Fund (TFRF) is committed to addressing these problems and to eradicating or lowering the occurrence rates.


DID YOU KNOW?


In Ghana:

• Approximately 3.5 million people contract malaria every year,

• Every year 20,000 children die from Malaria with 25% of the deaths under the age of five.

• Malaria accounts for 9.4% of deaths among pregnant women and leads to pregnancy

complications that contribute to the high infant mortality rate.

• Every year millions of children die from preventable causes such as measles, malaria, and HIV.

• Malnutrition and the lack of sanitation contributes to a third of all child deaths.

• Ghana’s infant mortality rate is among the highest in the world ranking at the top of the scale at number 49 out of 223

• HIV/AIDS is extremely serious in Ghana.

• More than 90% of AIDS cause among persons between ages 15 and 40. AIDS deaths increase the number of orphans. Ghana is one of the 193 countries that has agreed to the eight Millenium Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. All 189 United Nations member states at the time (there are 193 currently) and at least 23 international organizations committed to help achieve the following Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

2. To achieve universal primary education

3. To promote gender equality and empower women

4. To reduce child mortality

5. To improve maternal health

6. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases

7. To ensure environmental sustainability

8. To develop a global partnership for development