AmeriCares is committed to delivering critical medicines and medical supplies to support the improvement and expansion of health care services in Ghana. We provide a wide range of support to a network of 46 facilities ranging from referral hospitals to community clinics and orphanages across the country. AmeriCares has also developed targeted initiatives, including a nutritional support program for orphaned and vulnerable children and their caretakers.
Snapshot of Ghana:
Ghana has made great strides in providing health care for its 25 million citizens. Life expectancy is about 64 years, more than 5 years longer than some of their sub-Saharan African neighbors. Despite dedicated efforts, critical health issues remain:
- Preventable and treatable diseases such as malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhea are among the leading causes of death, particularly among the very young
- More than one out of ten babies born in Ghana die before age 5
- Increase in chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension
AmeriCares delivers regular shipments of lifesaving medicines and medical supplies to Ghana in order to help local hospitals and clinics through a partnership with the Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI), a project of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. AmeriCares works with MCI and their network of local partners to determine specific medical needs and responds with major medical assistance shipments to the city of Kumasi. Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, which sees over 460,000 patients per year and serves as a teaching hospital for many of Ghana's new doctors, is a major recipient of AmerICares shipments of medicines and supplies.
AmeriCares also partners with local non-profit organizations Hope for All Foundation (HOFA) and Youth and Social Enterprise Fund (Y-SEF) to implement the One Child One World program in 30 children’s homes across Ghana. The One Child One World program provides nutritional support for 1,500 orphans and vulnerable children being cared for in these homes through regular shipments of donated nutritionals, and provides training in nutrition, hygiene and basic health care for the children’s caretakers.
In partnership with local non-profit organizations Hope for All Foundation (HOFA) and Youth and Social Enterprise Fund (Y-SEF), our One Child One World program has been implemented in 30 children’s homes across Ghana. The One Child One World program provides nutritional support for 1,500 orphans and vulnerable children being cared for in these homes through regular shipments of donated nutritionals, and provides training in nutrition, hygiene and basic health care for the children’s caretakers.
More than 120 midwives, nurses and other health care professionals received training through the Neonatal Survival Program that helped ensure safe deliveries and infant survival through the first critical hours of life. This new training program taught health workers and expecting mothers to recognize the early signs of infant distress and how to respond to save a baby’s life. The Neonatal Survival Program had a long-term, lifesaving impact for mothers and newborns. Read more about our infant survival program.
AmeriCares, in partnership with U. S.– based National Cancer Coalition (NCC), has provided large quantities of chemotherapy and related drugs and essential medications to public hospitals across Ghana that treat people without access to critical care. Treatments never before available in Ghana are now being offered. Read about a breast cancer survivor and her treatment.
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Ghana to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Ghana
AmeriCares, through a donation from Johnson & Johnson of 24 million doses of Vermox (known generically as mebendazole), is in the first year of a program to promote better child health by treating intestinal worms in vulnerable populations and communities. Doses have already been distributed to partners in 16 countries.
The AmeriCares One Child One WorldTM program in Ghana works to address the nutritional and health needs of vulnerable children living in orphanages across the country.
To prevent malnutrition among Ghana’s orphaned children, AmeriCares launched One Child One World, a five-year pilot program helping vulnerable children aged 0-18 months living in 30 residential homes.
AmeriCares groundbreaking Neonatal Survival Program had a long-term, lifesaving impact for mothers and newborns in Accra and Kusami, Ghana’s two largest metropolitan areas.
Half of all infant deaths in Ghana occur during delivery or within the first 24 hours. AmeriCares work with the Neonatal Survival Program is helping to ensure safe deliveries and survival for mother and child.
Read the story of one woman in Ghana who receives life-saving breast cancer treatment and support with help from AmeriCares critical medical donations.