Shrinking malaria’s toll is a great health success of our time—but it still kills 430,000 people annually, 70% of them under 5.The RTS,S vaccine is taking a stab at shrinking those numbers—set to be piloted on hundreds of thousands of children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi in…

 

Swirling rumors and secrecy helped churn controversy over 2 Ebola vaccine trials in Ghana, a new BMC Public Health study reveals.  

More than 90% of health care workers at 2 facilities in Ghana were not adequately trained to handle suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases when researchers interviewed them in late 2015, says a new BioMed Central study.  

Meet Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. Since 1923, Korle Bu has provided specialist care—including radiotherapy, reconstructive plastic surgery and cardiothoracic medicine—collaborated with international institutions and sent staff to underserved Ghanaian towns…

Ghanaians with mental illness often are sent to prayer camps to heal because their families cannot afford clinical care. The camps have stayed open and unregulated despite years of criticism for their inhumane methods, such as restraining and caging patients.   Ghana’s…

A team in a Ghana hospital that focused on treating pregnant women with sickle cell disease reduced death rates by nearly 90%.   Women with sickle cell disease at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra were 12 times as likely to die in childbirth as women who didn’t have the…

Female market porters in Accra, Ghana—known as kayayei—often lack traditional community and family ties, making them especially vulnerable to sexual abuse, assault and unplanned pregnancies.   Many of these women and girls—some as young as 10—turn to DIY abortions in a…

More than 1/2 the world’s 7.4 billion people live in urban areas. And 800 million of those urban dwellers don’t have access to an adequate sanitation system, including safe, private toilets. Such circumstances encourage outbreaks of diseases, including cholera.

70% of Ghana’s population relies on centuries-old herbal medicines. However, a dramatic increase in demand has turned time-tested medicines into sometimes-dangerous big business and prompted the government to regulate the industry. According to Edith Annan, the country…