WHERE WE WORK
The NCEH will be located in the city of Tamale, capital of the Northern Region of Ghana. It will serve the population living in 5 regions; SAVANNAH, Northern, NORTH EAST, UPPER WEST and Upper East. The combined population of these regions is nearly 5 million and is projected to grow to 6.5 million by 2030.
This population growth will increase the demand for all healthcare services, especially for conditions related to aging such as cataract, glaucoma, and other eye diseases. As more and more people live longer, the proportion of the elderly in Ghana will account for over 14% of the total population by 2030.
The Savannah, Northern, North East, Upper West, and Upper East regions continue to have the highest poverty rates in Ghana with most people living in rural areas. And there is a considerably higher prevalence of blindness in rural areas compared to urban centers.