Quick Facts

  • Independence: 1957 (from UK)
  • Capital city: Accra (pop. 2.277 million)
  • Divided into 10 regions
  • Population: 26,327,649
  • Official language: English
  • Economy: based on mining of (gold, bauxite, manganese) and cocoa exports
  • Climate: tropical with wet/dry seasons
  • Religion: mostly Christianity
  • Literacy rate: 76.6%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A constitutional democracy
  • Chief of state: President John Dramani Mahama (since 2012); – the president is both the chief of state and head of government
  • Elected by popular vote


Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 319/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 37.37/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 66.18 years
  • Health expenditures: 5.4% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.1/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.9/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 1.47%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, rabies, meningococcal meningitis, schistosomiasis, avian influenza
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

Images From the Field

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0804-51 1225.CR2BYU engineering students building and installing a merry-go-round that produces electricity in Essam village, Ghana.BYU manufacturing engineering students work with Kweku Anno Engineering to install the merry-go-round in Oda, Ghana. Golden Sunbeam School, founded by Brother and Sister Opare. Principal is N.A. Kitson-Dodoo.
Professor Charles Harrell, BYU manufacturing engineering
Donor Ben Markham, Empower Playgrounds
Engineer Kweku Anno, Anno Engineering, GhanaStudents:
Ben Drewry (glasses and lighter hair)
Ben O'Brien (dark hair and olive complexion),
Eliza Moody
Wayne Funk (dark wavy hair)April 14-18, 2008Photography by Mark  A. PhilbrickCopyright BYU Photo 2008
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Lily Cole's Visit to Ghana