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Our work in Ghana

In June 2018, Ghana was confirmed as the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate trachoma, thanks to the work of Sightsavers and our partners.

A village in the Yendi region of Ghana, featuring circular mud huts and trees.

Ghana, on the west coast of Africa, boasts consistent economic growth and political stability, yet several blinding diseases are endemic in the country.

Sightsavers has worked in Ghana since the 1950s, and we’re on track to tackle these diseases for good. In June 2018, Ghana was confirmed as the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate trachoma following, the efforts of the ministry of health and partners including Sightsavers.

Now we are working to eliminate river blindness and lymphatic filariasis too. We tackle these diseases through mass drug administration (MDA), in which medication is given to large sections of the population to prevent the spread of the diseases. In 2019, we helped to distribute more than 4.3 million treatments for neglected tropical diseases across the country, and trained more than 13,000 local volunteers to give out medication in their communities.

Watch the video below to see the story of trachoma elimination in Ghana.

At a glance

Total population
  • 28.8 million

  • What we focus on
  • Trachoma
  • River blindness
  • Lymphatic filariasis

  • Key programmes
  • A billion NTD treatments
  • Reducing river blindness
  • How we’re making a difference in Ghana

    Two women have their eyes examined while walking in the field with their crops.

    Banishing trachoma

    In late 2017, a team of eye care workers raced through cities and villages in Ghana to find any remaining trachoma patients.
    Read about our trip

    Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame speaking into a microphone at an event.

    Disability rights

    Sightsavers advocacy adviser Gertrude Fefoame, who is based in Ghana, has been elected to the UN's disability committee.
    Read about Gertrude

    Rahinatu holds her granddaughter and smiles following her trachoma surgery.

    Changing lives

    As part of our work to eliminate trachoma, we examined millions of people, diagnosed them and referred them for sight-saving treatment.
    Read their stories

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    Agatha's Story

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    Celebrating our health workers on World Health Day

    As we thank all our health workers on World Health Day, meet six who have worked with Sightsavers to help improve eye care for people in their communities.

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    World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day: highlights from around the world

    On 30 January, Sightsavers joined in celebrations for the first ever World NTD Day around the world.

    January 2020
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    October updates: highlights from around the world

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    October 2019
    Someone on crutches shakes a man's hand.
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    Including people with disabilities in African political life

    Our research shows that a lack of education and financial resources, social stigma and inaccessible physical infrastructure mean fewer people with disabilities are participating in politics in Africa.

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    Universal health coverage in Ghana: how can we really make progress?

    At the heart of universal health care is equity, and a key question any country must ask when making roadmaps for UHC is who to include first.

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    It’s all about the numbers: how economics is helping us to save sight in schools

    By using economics, we can make sure our school eye screening programmes are affordable and efficient, ensuring thousands of children in poorer countries can get the eye care they need.

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    Meet Mary, a sight-saving volunteer

    Mary, a dedicated mother of seven, used to work as a teacher. Now, she is saving sight in Asubende village in Ghana, by distributing medication to protect people from river blindness. Here you can meet some of the people she has helped.

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    “Grace gave me the courage to empower people with disabilities”

    On International Women's Day, disability ambassador Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame remembers Grace Preko, her friend, sister and role model who showed her there was life after blindness.

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    Ghana waves goodbye to trachoma

    In June 2018 Ghana officially became trachoma-free, showing how your kind donations make a real difference.

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