TRIBUTE BY THE GHANA HEART INITIATIVE (GHI)
THE LATE PROF. JACOB PLANGE-RHULE,
RECTOR OF THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS
Our paths crossed with the inception of the Ghana Heart Initiative (GHI) – an initiative supported by GIZ on behalf of Bayer since October 2018. Together with the MOH, GHS and other key stakeholders, the objective of this initiative is to improve risk assessment and management of cardiovascular diseases in Ghana.
Professor Jacob Plange-Rhule was the Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Ghana Heart Initiative. Together with other esteemed members, the Committee provides strategic and technical guidance and ensures that objectives and implementation of the Initiative are aligned with the Government of Ghana’s policies and strategies.
Prof was very passionate about the GHI, he was very supportive and always had an ear to listen to our many requests. He was very instrumental in the process to achieve approval for the “National Guidelines for the Management of Cardiovascular Diseases”. We knew Prof as a very humble man, despite his high office and complicated busy schedule, he made time to participate at the review workshop during the development of the Guideline document. At this workshop, he brought his expertise to bear on the discussions. Chairing the Governance Committee, Prof steered the process of finalisation of the Guideline for the Minister for Health’s approval and signature with great dexterity. We do not take lightly the immense support and goodwill we received from him at this crucial time on the GHI. For us, this was our key deliverable and we are forever indebted!
Many were the plans we had for the current year. Many were the expectations we had to successfully institutionalise the gains of the GHI with the help of our beloved Prof! Indeed, at the last Governance Committee meeting in January 2020, Prof’s passion for the topic of CVDs shone throughout the discussions. Alas, he will not be here to complete this journey with us. A huge vacuum has been created by his demise and we will take one step at a time to keep up with our goal.
Prof. Jacob Plange-Rhule!
You have fought a good fight; you have run the race!
Sorely missed by the GHI!
Rest well Prof!
Forever in our hearts!
Our deepest condolences to his wife, children, and entire family at this time.