the ghana hernia society

Our Mission

Our mission is to reduce the burden of disease from inguinal hernia in Ghana through increasing access to high quality care.

Who We Are?

The Ghana Hernia Society is a group of surgeons or surgical specialists based in the Teaching and Regional hospitals of Ghana.

The Ghana Hernia Society was conceived by two surgeons in Kumasi, Prof. Michael Ohene-Yeboah and Prof. Francis Abantanga, both of SMS, KNUST at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in 2010. The ideas were presented to other surgeons in Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in November 2011. Propagation of the ideas continued all 2012 with the addition of Dr. Stephen Tabiri of the Tamale Teaching Hospital in late 2012.

Our aim is to reduce the burden of inguinal hernia disease in Ghana and Africa with  a comprehensive approach  that includes increasing awareness of the disease, advocating for policy changes,  increased hernia repair operations and encourage research in the epidemiology of the disease.


What We Do?

Members of this society are surgeons and other specialists who have a very special interest in the surgical conditions affecting the abdominal wall. The most common of these conditions are hernias; also known as abdominal hernias. An abdominal hernia is an abnormal protrusion of the intestine or other abdominal contents or organ through a defect or weakness in the abdominal wall. A normal or intact abdominal wall prevents any such protrusion. It is also sometimes called a rupture. Examples of abdominal hernias are: Inguinal hernia, ventral hernia and umbilical hernia. The Ghana Hernia Society is a grouping of surgeons with special interest in abdominal wall defects especially inguinal and other groin hernias. The surgeons of the society are committed to train district medical officers to perform the modern repair of inguinal and other hernias with MESH. The Society has developed a multi-faceted approach to expand the capacity for hernia surgery in Ghana.

Also, the members of the society are committed to conduct research into inguinal hernia disease in Ghana. There is a collaboration between the Ghana Hernia Scoiety and International Partners and Collaborators to facilitate and expand the capacity for research into hernia and other abdominal wall conditions.

In addition, the members of the Ghana Hernia Society advocate for increased Government and Donor Funding of hernia work and projects that will increase the capacity of hernia surgery and research in Ghana.

meet the team

Professor Michael Ohene-Yeboah

President of Ghana Hernia Society


Francis Abatanga

Vice President

 Professor Stephen Tabiri
General Secretary of Ghana Hernia Society
Department of Surgery
University for Development Studies
Tamale, Ghana
+233 201 691005

Dr  Joachim Amoako
Assistant General Secretary and Assistant Treasurer

Department of Surgery

Korle-Bu  Teaching Hospital


Dr Jessica Beard#
Director of Research
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