Filling in Ghana’s Data Gap

Ghana is known as a transportation hub for cocaine and heroin, but less is understood about its addicts.
A lack of clean needles and rehabilitation services increase the risk of HIV infection, social isolation and crime among addicts.
Ghana is starting a “process of acknowledging drug addiction as a public health challenge,” write Jennifer Beard, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie and Lisa J. Messersmith, authors of a USAID and Ghana AIDS Commission study on drug use.
A lack of data has hindered progress on the goals of USAID’s National Strategic Plan for Key Populations to implement HIV and addiction recovery services, the writers say.
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