The Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) is a non-profit organization, established in 1998 in the United States and Ghana by Dr Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, Chief of the Scoliosis Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill-Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.
FOCOS’s mission is to provide comprehensive, affordable orthopaedic care to those who would not otherwise have access to such treatment. In particular, FOCOS seeks to enhance access to optimal surgical and non-surgical care for patients with disabling musculoskeletal disorders including complex spine deformities and pediatric orthopaedic problems in underserved regions. It began as a dream of the founder to see the best care reach the underserved in his native country, Ghana and the sub-Saharan region.
The Trust Hospital provided the initial outpatient facility for FOCOS consultants to see patients who needed orthopaedic treatment between 1998 and 2004. Two to three times per year, Dr Boachie and a team made up of both local and international volunteers offered treatment and performed surgeries at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).
This medical outreach program was sustained mainly through fundraising with donations in both cash and in kind. In 2004, FOCOS was able, through donations, to open the FOCOS Clinic in East-Legon, Accra, named Watson House, after the major donor and in 2007, FOCOS fundraising efforts were complemented by Ghana government grant assistance.
An annual fundraising gala is organized in the USA and FOCOS has received indispensable assistance from over 1,200 donors who have so far contributed close to 10 million US Dollars ($10,000,000) to date. Thanks to this public-private initiative, FOCOS has been able to use the funds to support patients and the construction of the current FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital, here in Pantang, Accra.