In Ghana, there exists an undeniable wealth gap, a situation similarly experienced in most developing nations. Regrettably, individuals living below the poverty line often lack access to healthcare and opportunities to break the cycle of poverty.
According to the 2015 IAPB study, blindness is most prevalent in rural areas, with nearly 70% of blind individuals residing in areas without proper access to eyecare.
Basic necessities such as healthcare, among others, are luxuries that a considerable chunk of the population cannot afford, further complicating the poverty 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 1,580 people across the country. This was a part of our goal to cure people of needless cataract blindness in Sub-Saharan Africa.