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General information for Ghana

Continent: Africa
Capital: Accra
Population: 24339838
Area (in sq km): 239460.0

Haemoglobinopathy-specific healthcare policy information for Ghana

Healthcare policyComment/InfoReference
SCD newborn screening: Yes (National)Only 2 pilot screening centres in Accra, Kumasi.[PMID: 27090687]
Dedicated treatment centres: Yes (National)From: PGPR, Global Sickle Cell Disease Network.
Blood transfusion availability: Yes (National)From: PGPR, Global Sickle Cell Disease Network.
MRI facilities: Yes (National)From: PGPR, Global Sickle Cell Disease Network.
Patient associations: Yes (National)E.g.: The Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana (SCFG), inaugurated in 2004.[PMID: 27090687]
Genetic counselling: NoThe Genetic Education and Counselling for Sickle Cell Conditions in Chana (GENECIS-Ghana) programme was developed but not yet implemented.[PMID: 27090687]

Prevalence and incidence of major haemoglobinopathies in Ghana

Prevalence of sickle cell disease carriers: 10.9 % of the population[PMID: 20231425]
Prevalence of Hb C carriers: 10.5 % of the population[PMID: 20231425]
Incidence of sickle cell disease: 5474 affected births/yearMedian value estimated using statistical model and demographic data.[PMID: 23103089]

Mutation frequencies in Ghana

No mutation frequencies are currently available for Ghana

Organisations in Ghana

Organisations in Ghana are currently not available


1Elion, Jacques2017-10-17Information on SCD newborn screening reviewed.

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