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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BYU 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, Ghana

Ben Drewry (glasses and lighter hair)
Ben O'Brien (dark hair and olive complexion),
Eliza Moody
Wayne Funk (dark wavy hair)

April 14-18, 2008

Photography by Mark  A. Philbrick

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Lily Cole's Visit to Ghana

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