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Ghana is identified among 45 countries with low health worker density and high overall mortality, warranting significant investment in human capital in the health sector. Ghana's academic institutions graduate health professionals with skills of the highest international standard, but the number of health professionals falls short of those needed to significantly reduce the high burden of illness in the country. Furthermore, economic and structural trends have led to a disproportionate concentration of health professionals in urban centers, leaving a large segment of the rural population without the benefit of adequate health staff.

For more than 20 years, the University of Michigan, the Ghanaian Ministry of Health (MOH), the University of Ghana (UG), and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have worked together on post-graduate training in Obstetrics-Gynecology, which has led to retention of 60 of 61 trained specialists.