Overview of Healthcare Needs

In Ghana, renal disease is a growing problem but a low priority for healthcare planners due to concentration on other diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. According to Dr. Vincent Boima, a Ghananian nephrologist, 10 percent of all hospital admissions in the country are kidney related. There are only three public and three private health institutions in the country for adults with acute or chronic kidney failure. Many patients in Ghana, especially those living in rural areas, lack access to dialysis clinics, which can lead to a lack of treatments and ultimately death for these patients.


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