FOCOS (The Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine) is a non-profit organization founded in 1998 by Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei. Dr. Boachie-Adlei, due to retire in November 2014, is currently Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and Chief of the Scoliosis Service and Associate Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, with a special expertise in the treatment of scoliosis, kyphosis and spine reconstruction in both adult and pediatric patients.
He was born in Kumasi, Ghana. He emigrated to the United States in 1972 and completed undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College, where he received a Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in 1976. He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1980.
The mission of FOCOS is to provide optimum orthopedic care and improve quality of life in Ghana and several other African countries.
Africa Surgery’s association with FOCOS dates back from 2003 and has resulted into over 122 surgeries performed in Ghana on Sierra Leonian patients, as of Sep. 2014. Given the lack of spinal surgery facilities and experts in Sierra Leone, the partnership between Africa Surgery and FOCOS provides the only available solution for for local patients needing complex spinal surgeries.
Over the years, the partnership workflow has been successfully fine-tuned. Africa Surgery identifies patients with need. Once a year, a FOCOS team visits Sierra Leone, to assess surgical candidates and examine post-op patients. It is then up to Dr. Boachie-Adlei to decide patient priorities and schedule surgeries, all to be performed by non-paid surgeons and medical professionals, in the FOCOS Hospital in Accra, Ghana.
Although Africa Surgery pays for travel, living and hospital expenses of Sierra Leone patients, it is estimated that FOCOS’s total contribution to the health of these patients amounts to tens of millions of dollars.