Nurse Enyo

Enyo Asi Bosumpra is the Principal Nursing Officer at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH). Inspired by her aunt, Enyo wanted to do something to help others in her life and she now spends her days supporting children with cancer in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

“I became a Nurse because I wanted to follow in my aunt’s footsteps who was also a nurse, I loved the passion and enthusiasm with which she worked. I love seeing the smile on my patients’ faces when they are recovering from or getting close to the end of their treatment.”

Enyo strives to provide the children she supports with the best possible treatment and care. With many families living several hundreds of miles away from hospital and under severe financial constraints, they must overcome enormous challenges simply trying to access treatment;

“Because families can’t afford diagnostic tests or treatment, many children with cancer arrive at hospital with advanced cancers. Sadly, that means curable treatment is no longer an option and those children can only receive palliative care or end of life treatment.”

World Child Cancer provides essential funds to cover the costs of treatment and transport for some of the poorest and most vulnerable families in Ghana and beyond. This support means families arrive at hospital sooner with more children being able to access the treatment they desperately need.

With proven success of improving childhood cancer survival rates from below 20% to over 60% in Ghana, Enyo is optimistic for the future. Our part of our twinning partnership programme, Megan Cruise, a counsellor from the UK, worked with Nurse Enyo when volunteering in Ghana for six months earlier this year. Megan provided support to children and families on the paediatric oncology ward at KBTH and carried out training sessions for local nurses focusing on the emotional impacts of childhood cancer;

“Megan supported us emotionally and helped us build resilience. She also gave us tools on how to debrief after a difficult shift. Although I love my job it is an emotionally draining role but with the support from Megan we have learnt new ways to manage our emotions and ultimately provide a better standard of care.”