HealthCare for the Underpriviledged in Accra,Ghana



Boston Medical Services-Ghana is establishing a non profit medical center to provide medical services to underserved populations in Adenta, an impoverished community outside Accra, the capital of Ghana. Providing primary healthcare services to the underpriviledged in this community as well as managing acute and chronic illnesses will help improve the overall health of the community. The building for the medical center, provided by the founders is about 95% completed and needs to be equipped.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The incidence and prevalance of communicable and non communicable diseases eg. hypertension, diabetes, cancers, high cholesterol, etc, in Ghana is on the rise. The key health indicators for this country which includes high infant mortality rate of 56 per 1000 live births, the average life expentancy is 57 and 63 years for males and females respectively also warrants a need for increasing access to primary care services

How will this project solve this problem?

Setting up a non profit medical facility in the Adentan community to provide medical services to the underserved will significantly improve the health of the community. Focusing on screening will help increase case finding, and address diseases at early stages which will help improve outcomes and decrease morbidity and mortalilty. Deligently managing communicable and non communicable diseases will help reduce poverty in the long run and also decrease the burden on existing health systems.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project will help redefine health care delivery in Africa through Ghana to one that is primary care focused, patient centered, and acceptable to the communities it serves. We will screen 50,000 patients in a year for diabetes, high cholesterol, HIV, diabetes, anemia and effectively manage patients who are affected. Screening and prevention of diseases will help decrease the incidence and impact of communicable and non communicable diseases.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $5,390
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $64,610
Total Funding Goal: $70,000


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Project Leader

Ama Ahenkorah

Worcester, Massachusetts United States

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