Ghana

In Ghana, HelpAge International works in partnership with its affiliate, HelpAge Ghana. Together we share information and experience in order to carry out advocacy and project work.

Through local partners, HelpAge runs income-generating projects, provides training for older people and advocates and promotes better rights for older people.

Supporting older people in Ghana

  • In 2009, a delegation of older people met the Vice-President of Ghana as part of HelpAge International's Age Demands Action campaign, to present and discuss demands on national ageing policy, healthcare, pension and income security.
  • We have worked in partnership with the government to review national ageing policy and help form an action plan for it to be carried out.

What next?

  • We will take a fully active part in reviewing the 1992 Ghana Constitution and National Health Insurance Act so that it better meets the needs of older people.
  • We will push for the draft National Ageing Policy to be submitted by the sector ministry and approved by the Cabinet.
  • We will promote the rights of older people through an older citizens monitoring project, funded by Irish Aid, in 18 communities.

Our affiliates

HelpAge Ghana

Our partners

Zones in Accra, Age Concern Ghana, Compassion Africa Aged Foundation, SSNIT Pensioners Association

Our donors

Irish Aid, HFC Bank (Gh) Limited, Accra Golden Lions Club Relish Company Limited, Osu - Accra, Mothers Union of Christ Anglican Church, Legon - Accra, Agriculture and Catering Clubs of Morning Star International School, Former Ambassadors Wives Association, Agricultural Development Bank Ladies Association

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Striking facts

  • About 7% of Ghana's population is made up of people aged 60 years and above.
  • People over 70 do not have to pay the annual GH¢7.20 ($5) for the National Health Insurance Scheme. However they still have to pay the registration fee of up to GH¢5 (US$2 to US$3.50).
  • Ghana has no ageing policy. The process of developing a national ageing policy started in 1997 and was eventually validated in July 2010. It is due to be approved before the end of this year.

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