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.
Over 69% of Ghanaian women aged 70+ are widowed and 64% of older Ghanaians have no formal education. Through local partners, HelpAge runs income-generating projects, provides training for older people and advocates for better rights. We work mainly in Greater Accra, Western, Ashanti, Volta, and some Eastern regions.
Our past accomplishments include:
- 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 aging policy, healthcare, pension and income security.
- We have worked in partnership with the government to review national aging policy and help form an action plan for it to be carried out.
- 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 Aging 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.
Zones in Accra, Age Concern Ghana, Compassion Africa Aged Foundation, SSNIT Pensioners Association