This awareness campaign reaches out to the entire world; malaria kills a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. This disease is a cruelly potent child killer, especially when combined with the poverty in which much of the developing world lives. In the absence of good nutrition, sanitation and health care, HIV/AIDS, malaria,measles,polio and tuberculosis mean certain end to millions of children. Aids alone havetaken more than 20 million of lives and may take millions more if trends continue. As of November 2004, women accounted for nearly 50 percent of the more than 37 million people living with HIV worldwide and for 60 percent in sub-Saharan African.(Ghana 2014 estimated 150,000)
The recent outbreak of the Ebola virus is the most widespread virus in history, affecting multiple countries in West African. Cancer cases are also on high in Ghana.AIDs, Ebola, cholera,malaria and cancer are pandemic morbidities thathits the Ghanaian societies and waste lives. Campaign aim is to raise public awareness of signs and or symptoms of these illnesses and diseases. And also encourage people already affected.
About 16,000 cases of cancer occur annually in Ghana with 1,000 cases recorded among children, and due to compounding factors most diagnosis are at the advanced or terminal stages. it had been difficult to estimate the number of cases, citing malfunctioning National Cancer Registry in the country alongside the lack of facilities, which makes most patients find the cost of cancer drugs to be expensive, a situation that leads them to rely on traditional medicines, healing camps and self-medication, which contribute to the mortality rates among children.About 30 per cent of children with cancer in developing countries received treatment and over 100,000 deaths from childhood cancer worldwide could be prevented annually if all children had equal access to diagnosis and treatment.
Like other countries worldwide,HIV/AIDS is present in Ghana. As of 2014, an estimated 150,000 people infected with the virus. HIV prevalence is at 0.8 percent in 2014 and is highest in the Eastern Region of Ghana and lowest in the northern regions of the country. In response to the epidemic.
Over 20,000 cholera cases have been recorded in Ghana from January to October 5th, with over 166 deaths. (Case fatality rate of 0.8%) were reported from 101 out of the 216 districts in 9 regions of the country. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ghana’s highest number of recorded cholera cases was 14,160 in 1983. Therefore, the 2014 outbreak with the recorded 10,000 cases could be the second highest.
Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission.The average EVD case fatality rate is around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks.The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.
Ghana in 2013 recorded about 11.3 million cases of outpatients department (OPD) malaria. It's said that on the average 30,300 of such cases were seen each day in the county’s health facilities. This malaria burden is not felt only in the health sector, but in every aspect of our social and economic life. OPD malaria cases per 1,000 population in 2013, was 417 for the country, adding that like the previous years the rural areas recorded more cases and higher rate per 1000 that the urban centers.
How we can help
Community engagement is a number one key to successfully controlling outbreaks. Individual who are affected by this deadly sicknesses must be well taken care of.
One who cannot afford hospital bill and others must be supported. There must be an awareness and preventive campaign to educate people on this disease and sicknesses. Good outbreak control relies on applying a package of interventions, namely case management, surveillance and contact tracing, a good laboratory service, safe burials and social mobilization.Early supportive care with rehydration, symptomatic treatment improves survival.
The goals of the current strategic plan of hope 4 the special person is to Educate and create the awareness of this deadly diseases and morbidity that cause mortality in Ghana.
With the goals of the current strategic plan of hope 4 the special person to Educate and create the awareness of this deadly sickness and morbidity, Public awareness and education will be send out to most of the communities in Ghana. Both illiterates and literate will benefit from this awareness campaign.
The project currently works with few communities that have a high record of this illness in Ghana. This community is located in the greater Accra region of Ghana.chorkor benefited from our campaign in the year 2014.