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Naa Ashiley Vanderpuye trained in Holland but returned to work in her home country of Ghana. Mareeni Raymond finds out how she juggles life as the only full time doctor at a busy HIV/AIDS clinic in Accra as well as looking after her young baby
- By: Mareeni Raymond
I have been trying to catch Naa Ashiley Vanderpuye in a quiet moment, but it's proving difficult. She is a one woman medical provider at the West Africa AIDS Foundation in Accra, Ghana, seeing almost all the patients at the clinic herself. She spends each morning on a ward round seeing the terminally ill AIDS patients in the hospice and then runs a walk-in clinic on the same site. In between seeing clinic patients she checks on the patients in the hospice, and if a nurse isn't around she sometimes changes the bed sheets herself. When I finally get a chance to talk to her I can snatch only a brief chat before she has to do something else at the clinic or pop home to spend time with her 10 month old baby.
Dr Vanderpuye studied medicine in Holland but was born in Ghana and spent most of her