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11 Aug 2017 description

Aflao – A cross-border meeting was organized this week (09/08) by IOM Ghana and the Lagos–Abidjan Corridor Organization (ALCO) in Aflao on the Ghana-Togo border to strengthen cross-border communication and coordination between the two countries.

Improving the cross-border communication should help Ghana and Togo to prevent, detect and respond to infectious diseases and other potential public health issues.

07 Mar 2017 description
report Global Communities

When Cholera strikes, it is devastating. It moves quickly, infecting people who unknowingly pass it on to others. High-density communities around city centers are often the hardest hit by an outbreak, and efforts to contain the disease become a race against time. Since the early 1970s, Ghana has reported intermittent Cholera outbreaks, with significant epidemics in the recent past. In 2014, 60 percent of Ghana’s districts reported Cholera infections and in 2014 and 2015 combined, nearly 30,000 new cases and over 250 deaths were reported.

15 Dec 2016 description

Episcopal Relief & Development and its Ghanaian partner ADDRO (the Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organization) are working with UK-based Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) to distribute more than 2.6 million mosquito nets in Ghana. This partnership is active in three regions – Northern, Upper West and Greater Accra – and will contribute significantly to the country’s goal of universal net coverage.

29 Nov 2016 description
infographic UN Population Fund

This infographic snapshot provides an overview of national level data for more than 150 indicators covering the full scope of HIV and SRHR linkages including: key connections; enabling environment (policy and legal); health systems; integrated service delivery; a focus on adolescents and youth; and a focus on key populations.

23 Nov 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

In 2015, 884,000 babies were born in Ghana, or around 2,400 every day.

Among young women (aged 20-24), 17 percent gave birth by age 18.

Approximately 69 babies will die each day before reaching their first month3; 55 stillbirths occur every day.

Neonatal mortality rate:

Ghana’s neonatal mortality rate (NMR)^ is 28 deaths per 1,000 live births.

NMR≠ in rural areas is 29 deaths per 1,000 live births and 33 deaths per 1,000 live births in urban areas for an urban-to-rural NMR ratio of 1.1.

29 Aug 2016 description

L’étude portant sur le coût de la faim en Afrique (CFDA), conduite jusqu’à maintenant dans 12 pays à travers l’Afrique, montre l’impact social et économique de la sous-nutrition sur les enfants âgés de moins de 5 ans ainsi que son coût pour les économies nationales. Ici, nous nous concentrons sur 10 choses à savoir sur le coût de la faim au Ghana.

29 Aug 2016 description
report Concern Worldwide

A new program in Ghana combines health messaging with an innovative incentive system to rally an entire community behind the health of its pregnant moms and babies.

Bouncing her four-month-old daughter on her knee, Perpetual Guore recalled the stark difference between this pregnancy and her last one. When pregnant with her son, she wanted to go to the health center for prenatal care but, “my mother-in-law and husband said no,” she said. “It’s laziness. I don’t want to work”

30 Jun 2016 description

In early June 2015, the Greater Accra region of Ghana experienced flooding due to torrential rains which led to the widespread destruction to property and livelihoods, caused the displacement of people from their homes, and 200 deaths.

23 Mar 2016 description
report Rotary

Worldwide, more than 748 million people live without access to clean water and at least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Rotary is working to change that. For example, members used a Rotary grant to drill more than 20 clean-water wells and to repair another 30 in villages across Ghana. The project also included education about and treatment of Buruli ulcer, a debilitating infection that if untreated can lead to disability and death. Nearly 70,000 people will benefit from this initiative.

18 Nov 2015 description

OVERVIEW

Ghana, with a population of 26 million, has abundant natural resources that have played an important role in the agricultural, industrial, economic and social development of the country. However, Ghana faces a number of risks due to climate change, including frequency and intensity of extreme weather events increasing the risk of flood, landslides, drought and heat stress. This could subsequently intensify existing challenges of poverty, food insecurity and infectious and vector-borne diseases.

SUMMARY OF KEY FINDINGS

17 Nov 2015 description

Newborns are perhaps the most vulnerable population the world over. Preterm or babies born too early, less than 37 weeks gestation, are particularly at risk. Currently, prematurity is the leading cause of death among children under five around the world, and a leading cause of disability and ill health later in life. Sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia account for over 60 percent of preterm births worldwide. Of the fifteen million babies born too early each year, more than one million die due to complications related to preterm birth.