Both Ghana's economy and the social situation have
improved during the 1990s and the proportion of the poor has
fallen sharply. Visit AbbreviationFinder to see the definitions of GHA and acronym for Ghana. Nevertheless, about half of the population
still lives on less than $ 2 a day. About 20 percent of the
population does not have access to clean water. Almost every
twenty children die during their first year of life. Malaria
and diarrhea reap victims among children as well as adults.
Tuberculosis is also common. Of the population aged 15-49, 2
per cent is estimated to be affected by HIV/AIDS.
The availability of health care is very poor. There are
nine hospital beds and a doctor of 10,000 residents (2009).
Qualified personnel are available for just over half of the
births. In 2009, 9 percent of government spending was spent
on health care.
Structures that make women subordinate to men remain, but
gender discrimination is officially banned and the same
applies since 1994 genital mutilation (female circumcision).
The status of women varies greatly between the big cities
and the countryside. Girls start school to the same extent
as boys. However, only 8 percent of the country's MPs are
Accra, the capital and largest city of Ghana, West Africa; 2.29 million
residents (2013). The city is located in a flat coastal area of the Gulf of
Guinea, where the climate is relatively dry. European trading companies already
built in the 1600's. forts here, i.e. the Danish Christiansborg, built by the
West Indies-Guinea Company.
Accra is Ghana's economic center and an internationally oriented trading
town, but it lacks an actual city quarter. Consumer goods are bought in
marketplaces that are scattered in the residential areas, and the trade is
mainly handled by women.
The settlement pattern that previously followed ethnic divides is breaking up
and is increasingly following a social divide. The poorest neighborhoods are in
the middle of the city, and new suburbs are popping up at 20-25 km from the
city, causing major traffic problems. The violent migration from the rural areas
has also created major social problems, and in 2001 a long period of water
Outside the city is the Legon campus and 30 km east of the industrial area
around the modern port city of Tema.