The West African sub region has only four countries where plastic surgeons operate including Ghana. In the past, International charities sent medical volunteers to West African countries to provide such surgeries. As at 2013, there were only 8 qualified plastic surgeons practising in Ghana and they were located only in Kumasi and Accra. There was therefore the need for a local non – governmental organization that could serve the country and West Africa at large hence the formation of GRAFT foundation.
GRAFT Foundation’s aim was to help patients who need reconstructive surgery and cannot afford to pay for surgeries and also educate and create awareness of medical conditions correctable by Plastic Surgery.
GRAFT is an acronym which stands for Ghana Reconstruction of Anomaly and Trauma Fund. GRAFT Foundation was founded in 2009 by Dr Kwame Abrokwaa-Yankyera, consultant plastic surgeon and former head of Plastic Surgery and Burns unit at 37 Military Hospital in Accra. GRAFT Foundation started the HOPE project in 2013 with its first project taking place in the upper part of Ghana (northern, upper east and upper west regions) and then to all other regions of Ghana. The foundation has also been to other West African Countries including La Cote D’Ivoire.