This fact sheet describes CRS' work in Ghana. Our current programming in Ghana includes the following areas:
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Our history in Ghana
Catholic Relief Services began working in Ghana in 1958. During our more than 50 years in Ghana, we have worked throughout the country to implement programs on agriculture, health, microfinance, school feeding, water, sanitation, emergency relief and peacebuilding. We have built deep relationships with the government of Ghana and the Catholic Church through ongoing collaboration and support.
What we do
CRS employs an integrated approach to help poor and vulnerable people lead full and productive lives. We plan and coordinate programs in the country’s 19 dioceses, bringing public- and private-sector actors together for community-based development.
We implement programs through partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, including the government of Ghana, local NGOs, international NGOs, public- and private-sector partners, and Church partners.
Our current work in Ghana focuses on the following areas:
We have 54 national staff and 4 international staff. The country program’s head office is in Accra, Ghana, and we have a suboffice in Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region.
We are helping communities improve their nutrition by strengthen agricultural systems. In Ghana, CRS is helping communities increase their production of yams. The program supports 10,000 farmers. The goals include establishing a sustainable supply of high-quality seed for commercially viable crops. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing US$60,000 for the program during the years 2012–2015. We are working with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Crops Research Institute and the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute.
Maternal and child health
We are improving mothers’ and children’s health by focusing on increasing access to quality health care, improving nutrition and reducing malaria to achieve long-term reductions in morbidity and mortality. The program targets the East Mamprusi District and scalesup a motivational community mobilization strategy. The U.S. Agency for International Development is providing US$1.75 million for the program during the years 2011–2015.
Neglected tropical diseases
We are working to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases. The goal is to control five key diseases: schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, soil-transmitted helminthiases and onchocerciasis. Our program aims to increase national coverage for integrated control programs and mass preventive drug treatment by strengthening the government’s capacity, commitment, coordination and leadership. USAID is providing US$2.7 million for the program during the years 2011–2013. Our partner is FHI 360.
HIV and AIDS
We are providing dignified care and support to people who have HIV and AIDS. USAID is providing US$1.4 million for the project during the years 2010–2013. Our partner is FHI 360. Through support groups, CRS reaches a large number of people living with HIV and AIDS who are unable to access health care. To improve the quality of life of these individuals, a cadre of trained volunteers provides home-based care, strengthens health referral systems, runs programs to reduce stigma and actively searches for new AIDS cases and defaulters to ensure they receive proper care.
We are empowering smallholder farmers to invest in their agroenterprises. The program helps farmers in the Wa District earn money through savings groups. They can then invest this money in their farms and learn more about financial management. CRS and the Souza family are providing US$100,000 for the project during the years 2012–2013. Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture is providing extension services to the groups.
For more information on our work in Ghana, contact our office at:
Publisher: Catholic Relief Services (April 2013)
Fact sheet: 2 pages
Dimensions: 8.27 x 11.69 inches
Posted on April 11, 2013