Poverty and Health Issues in the Northern Part of Ghana

Yuanwang Xu, Atuahene Antwiwaa Nana Abena, Ernest Kay Bakpa


This paper examines the impact of poverty on health-related issues in the northern part of Ghana for the period between 1980 and 2017. A secondary data from Ghana Statistical Service Department and the World Bank database was use for the study and a Stata was used in estimating the impact.Results from the study show that, poverty has a great influence on health in the Northern part of Ghana.  The study also revealed that, health facilities available in the regions are not fully equipped to solve infant and maternal issues in the regions. Trained public health workers and health services providers are inadequate in the regions hence health education is lacking among pregnant and lactating mothers in the areas of nutrition and malaria prevention.The study, therefore, recommends that government should improve the standard of living among people in the northern regions by providing job opportunities for citizens. There should also be an enhancing health services in the regions, assisting peasants’ farmers with modern methods of crop production, and providing equal opportunities for men and women in the regions.

Keywords: poverty; health; child mortality; climate

DOI: 10.7176/RHSS/9-8-03

Publication date: April 30th 2019

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ISSN (Paper)2224-5766 ISSN (Online)2225-0484

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