Similar to many other developing countries, Ghana has a visible divide between the rich and the poor. Those living in poverty often do not have access to healthcare and do not have opportunities to escape the cycle of poverty.
The 2015 IAPB study showed that the prevalence of blindness was at its highest in rural areas and that nearly 70% of all blind people live in areas with no access to eyecare.
The lack of access to basic needs can push people further into extreme poverty, furthering the issue.
BLINDNESS IN GHANA
- As of 2021, the Ghanaian Health Service stated that 227,920 people in the conutry were blind
- Over half of those (54.8%) were blind due to cataracts
- The prevalence of blindness was much higher in rural areas compared to those who live in urbanised areas
- There are only 54 eye care specialists in the country
THE TEJ KOHLI & RUIT FOUNDATION IN GHANA
Ghana is the third country the Tej Kohli & Ruit Foundation has visited since its commencement in March 2021.
Since September 2022, our teams have cured 1,000 people across the country. This was a part of our goal to cure people of needless cataract blindness in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Our initial trip took place over 3 months and saw many successful outreach programmes.