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In Ghana:

  • Approximately 3.5 million people contract malaria every year,
  • Every year 20,000 children die from Malaria with 25% of the deaths under the age of five.
  • Malaria accounts for 9.4% of deaths among pregnant women and leads to pregnancy complications that contribute to the high infant mortality rate.
  • Every year millions of children die from preventable causes such as measles, malaria, and HIV.
  • Malnutrition and the lack of sanitation contributes to a third of all child deaths.
  • Ghana’s infant mortality rate is among the highest in the world ranking at the top of the scale at number 49 out of 223 HIV/AIDS is extremely serious in Ghana.

More than 90% of AIDS cause among persons between ages 15 and 40. AIDS deaths increase the number of orphans. Ghana is one of the 193 countries that has agreed to the eight Millenium Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. All 189 United Nations member states at the time (there are 193 currently) and at least 23 international organizations committed to help achieve the following Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

  1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. To achieve universal primary education
  3. To promote gender equality and empower women
  4. To reduce child mortality
  5. To improve maternal health
  6. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
  7. To ensure environmental sustainability
  8. To develop a global partnership for development