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Ghana

  • By: Courtney Vail Fletcher
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Ghana is a small sub-Saharan, western African country that is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Togo to the south, the Ivory Coast to the west, Burkino Faso to the north, and Togo to the east. The most recent population statistics by the Global Health Observancy state that approximately 25 million people inhabit the country, with 52 percent of individuals residing in urban areas. Compared to the immediate region, Ghana fares slightly better on certain health-related indicators. Specifically, the average life expectancy for both sexes combined is 64, versus 52 for the greater African region; as of May 2013, however, Ghana still trails behind the global life expectancy average of 70.

There are other notable differences between Ghana's general health patterns, as ...

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