Patience has worked for and with the Ghana health sector for over 25 years. She worked as a clinical nurse, a midwife, a public health practitioner and a nurse manager. Her working experience are in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, family planning and safe abortion. She has been involved in the implementation of reproductive health programs, forging links, and developing networks with the public health sector, partner/relevant organizations and community leaders and mobilizing communities for health interventions.
Prior to joining AYA Collective, Patience previously served as the Senior Programs Officer with Willows International Ghana, a consortium member of the Ghana Reducing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity (R3M) Program. Willows International’s mandate was to promote behavioural change that empowered women to achieve their reproductive goals through family planning and safe abortion. Patience was the focal person for institutional relationships with the Ghana Health Service and advocated for improved access to quality reproductive health services. She also had oversight responsibility of the country program in the absence of the Country Director.
Before joining Willows, Patience worked with Ipas as a Health Systems Associate and was involved in the review of the Ghana Health Service standards and protocols that provided guidelines and a framework for provision of safe abortion services in Ghana. She also facilitated safe abortion service program start-ups and service provision in facilities and additionally provided supportive supervision for service provision and reporting.
Patience’s public health sector experience included working as a deputy director for nursing services and a nurse midwife in the Ghana Health Service system. As a member of the municipal health management team, she supervised district reproductive health programs and was responsible for successful implementation of the Reducing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity (R3M) Programs interventions in Tema and Ashaiman municipalities. She also coordinated district level TB/HIV programs including PMTCT and was involved in communicable disease surveillance programs including contact tracing.
Patience holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology and master’s degree in Public Health both from the University of Ghana, Legon.