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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Treatment coverage

Elephantiasis
49%
Blinding trachoma
100%
Intestinal worms
11%
Bilharzia
25%
River blindness
55%
4.4 million people received treatment in Ghana in 2017 11.99 million people did not receive treatment in Ghana in 2017

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.

Elephantiasis

Treatment coverage decreased from 74% in 2016 to 49% in 2017.

People needing treatment
1.4m
People receiving treatment
0.69m

Trachoma

Treatment coverage was 100% in 2016 and 2017. Ghana has eliminated blinding trachoma as a public health problem.

People needing treatment
Eliminated
People receiving treatment
N/A

Intestinal worms

Treatment coverage decreased from 41% in 2016 to 11% in 2017.

Pre-sch and school-aged children needing treatment
10.4m
Pre-school and school-aged children receiving treatment
1.17m

Bilharzia

Treatment coverage decreased from 67% in 2016 to 25% in 2017.

School-aged children needing treatment
4.16m
School-aged children receiving treatment
1.03m

River blindness

Treatment coverage decreased from 84% in 2016 to 55% in 2017.

People needing treatment
8.07m
People receiving treatment
4.4m

The ESPEN portal (a World Health Organization AFRO region project) provides maps and district-level data for the preventive chemotherapy diseases in Ghana.