This country profile provides an overview of Ghana’s progress in reaching those in need of mass NTD treatment based on 2017 data.
*This includes all countries in Africa that are endemic for at least one of the five NTDs
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Priorities for progress in Ghana
- Ghana is congratulated for being the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem.
- Momentum needs to be maintained for the remaining diseases where treatment coverage levels have gone down.
- Ghana is encouraged to identify causes for the varying performance and re-boot the preventive chemotherapy programme, with systematically high annual coverage of all the intervention components, in all risk groups, as recommended by WHO.
- Support the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) established by WHO AFRO region for the elimination of these five diseases.
Treatment coverage decreased from 74% in 2016 to 49% in 2017.
Treatment coverage was 100% in 2016 and 2017. Ghana has eliminated blinding trachoma as a public health problem.
Treatment coverage decreased from 41% in 2016 to 11% in 2017.
Treatment coverage decreased from 67% in 2016 to 25% in 2017.
Treatment coverage decreased from 84% in 2016 to 55% in 2017.
The ESPEN portal (a World Health Organization AFRO region project) provides maps and district-level data for the preventive chemotherapy diseases in Ghana.