The major drivers of child deaths in Ghana stem from poverty, discrimination, quality of care and unequal access to basic services. Children from Ghana’s poorest families are nearly 40% more likely to die before the age of five, compared to children from Ghana’s richest families. UNICEF Ghana is supporting the government to identify where there is most need – based on evidence and robust monitoring and evaluation.
Child mortality and morbidity in Ghana are driven by a host of intersecting factors which include:
• Poor access to quality services: while improved, only 68% of women deliver with a skilled birth attendant. In the Northern Region that figure drops to 37% of women who have access to a skilled delivery. Care-seeking continues to be impeded by cost, distance and quality of services.
Research has shown that greater levels of education amongst women and lower household poverty lead to significant reductions in infant mortality.
Biking for good health
UNICEF-trained health volunteers provide health services in remote villages in Northern Ghana.