• Estimated total population:1
  • 24 million
  • Maternal mortality ratio:2
  • 541 per 100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate:2
  • 50 per 1,000 live births
  • Under-five mortality rate:2
  • 80 per 1,000 live births
  • Total fertility rate:1
  • 4.0
  • Contraceptive prevalence:1
  • 17% (modern methods)
  • 24% (all methods)
  • HIV prevalence:3
  • 1.8%
  • Births with skilled provider:2
  • 59%
  • Sources:
  • 1 2010 Population and Housing Census, Ghana Statistical Service;
  • 2Ghana Demographic and Health Survey 2008;
  • 3 UNAIDS 2010 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic.


With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and others, Jhpiego has worked in Ghana for two decades to support the Government of Ghana’s capacity to improve the health of women and their families. Currently, Jhpiego is implementing the following programs in Ghana:

  • Under USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), Jhpiego is strengthening pre-service education in 28 midwifery schools, 10 community health nursing schools, one public health school and one medical assistant school by: 1) ensuring competency of tutors, preceptors and new graduates (in malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, family planning, nutrition, and maternal and newborn health); 2) equipping skills labs; and 3) introducing e-learning.
  • With funding from the Jubilee Partners (a consortium of Tullow Oil, Kosmos Energy, Anadarko Petroleum and Petra SA), Jhpiego is improving and expanding access to frontline primary health care for nearly one million residents in the Western Region by strengthening the Community-based Health Planning and Services system, a network of community-based nurses and midwives who provide care to local communities.
  • Under a program with the U.S. Department of Defense, Jhpiego is supporting the Ghana Armed Forces to provide quality HIV/AIDS prevention and care services to members of the Ghana military, their families, Ministry of Defense civilian employees and the surrounding civilian communities.
  • With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Jhpiego is implementing a three-year, nationwide project to reduce newborn mortality in Ghana through low-dose, high-frequency training.

For a complete description of Jhpiego's work in this country, click the link below.

Ghana Country Profile PDF1.58 MB

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