Message from our Country Representative
A baby born in a village in the north of Ghana plays a game of chance to survive until their fifth birthday, to go to school, or to grow up healthy. And the odds are stacked against them. But for a baby born in the booming capital of Accra, where cranes and cement trucks herald Ghana’s economic growth, the dice has already been thrown in their favour. This is the reality for children in Ghana, where impressive national averages often mask inequities.
Country on the move
Ghana is a country on the move. Between 2000 and 2011, it recorded an average annual economic growth rate of 7.5%. Ghana has worked hard to reduce poverty to less than 30 percent of the population and has recently reached lower middle–income country status. But we know that millions of children are still living in an effectively low-income country. National averages mean nothing to them in their daily lives.
UNICEF is working with the Government of Ghana to address disparities to ensure that all children and women benefit from the country’s impressive economic growth. Government programs supported by UNICEF Ghana target the poorest parts of the country and the most marginalised members of the population, focusing on interventions with a high and immediate impact on children’s health, education and protection. Our work is supporting partners to reach the isolated, to include the disadvantaged, and to advocate for the rights of the voiceless.
No child’s future should be so tenuous that is depends on a game of chance. UNICEF is committed to working with the Government of Ghana to reach every last child.
- UNICEF Ghana Representative Susan Namondo Ngongi