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CBM in Ghana

CBM started operating in Ghana since 1976 through the partnership with local partners. Ghana is a Strategic Development Intervention Country (SDI), hence CBM is not registered in the country.

About Ghana

Ghana, is situated in West-Africa and borders with Ivory Coast to the West, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. In pre-colonial times, Ghana was inhabited by several Kingdoms. After the first contact in the 15th century with the Portuguese, trade with Europe was flourishing. In 1874, the British Empire established the crown colony “Gold Coast”.  Ghana was formed through the merger of the Gold Coast and the western Togoland Trust territory, now Volta Region. In 1957, Ghana became the first sub-Saharan country in colonial Africa to gain its independence. Ghana is a constitutional democracy headed by a President. The parliament has 230 seats, all elected on 4 year terms. The country is divided into 10 administrative regions and 194 districts and followed by metropolitan and sub-metropolitan assemblies. Ghana is located a few degrees north of the equator, giving it a warm, tropical climate and two main seasons, wet and dry. There are five different geographical regions: The coastline in the south, the high plains in the north, a forested plateau in the south and southwest, the hilly ranges in the east and the Volta Basin in the center. Lake Volta is the world’s largest artificial lake. Ghana has a size of 238,540 sq km (making it just slightly smaller than Great Britain & Northern Ireland with 244,820 sq km). The capital, and biggest city of Ghana, is Accra.
According to the UNDP Human Development Report (2014), ranked 138 out of 187 countries and territories, with a Human Development Index value of 0.573. The population in multidimensional poverty is also recorded at 82.2%, with 67% of this population in severe multidimensional poverty.
According to the WHO/World Bank Disability Report (2011), the percentage of persons with disabilities in Ghana is estimated at 12.8% of the total population.
Visual or sight impairment (40.1%) is the most common disability, followed by physical challenges (25.4%), emotional/behavioral problems (18.6%) and intellectual malfunctioning (15.2%). Visual or sight impairment is also the most common form of disability among both males (38.0%) and females (42.0%).
The Ghana Federation of Disability Organizations (GFD), is previously known as the Ghana Federation of the Disabled (GFD) and represents over 3 million persons with disabilities in Ghana. It is a civil society organisation which brings together the key organisations of persons with disabilities in Ghana. GFD champions engagements towards assuring the rights of persons with disabilities to access education, employment, health, economic welfare, recreation, the built environment, justice, information and governance. 
Regarding poverty, three northern regions remain the poorest in the country. These are: Northern, Upper East and Upper West.

Where we work

The programmes supported by CBM in Ghana are mainly owned by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and are located in the following regions:
  1. Greater Accra
  2. Brong-Ahafo
  3. Ashanti
  4. Upper East

Our country priority thematic areas

  1. Prevention of Blindness and Low vision services
  2. Medical Care and Physical Rehabilitation
  3. Prevention of Childhood Disability
  4. Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)
  5. Maternal Health Social Accountability

Our partnerships

  • Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation -1 project
  • Inclusive Childhood Disability (with focus on Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID); Capacity building Nurses & Midwifery trainings institutes by the use of the new developed National disability- inclusive curricula for community health nurses and midwifes; and Empowerment, Advocacy and Research) – 1 project
  • Maternal Health Social Accountability – 1 project.

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