Like other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Ghana struggles with a high maternal mortality rate, as well as a high rate of child marriage and teenage pregnancy—all of which are risk factors for obstetric fistula.

Why We Work in Ghana

Ghana is the second-most populous country in West Africa. It ranks relatively high on indices of political stability, healthcare, and human development, compared to other countries on the African continent. However, on indicators of maternal health, Ghana has not yet met the millennium goal to reduce maternal mortality to less than 70 per 100,000 live births. It also has a high rate of teenage pregnancy and child marriage, and a lack of skilled maternal healthcare providers, including midwives, to care for pregnant women—especially those living in rural settings. All of these factors contribute to the incidence of obstetric fistula across the country.

What You Help Us Do

We are investing in the following areas to build Ghana’s in-country medical services and provide life-transforming surgery to as many women as possible:

Meet Our Partners

We identify local surgical teams in Ghana already successfully treating women with fistula—and then work to amplify their efforts.

Who are our current partners?

Mercy Women’s Catholic Hospital

  • Location: Mankessim
  • Partner Since: 2024
How much funding have we granted?

Below are funding totals since the start of each partnership.

Current Partners

  • Mercy Women’s Catholic Hospital: $96,678

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