Malaria in Ghana, Africa Essay

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In this paper, I will compare the established health data to the data I gathered from my interview. I will analyze the established health data and statistics in order to find out if the actual health issues correlate to the perceived health issues that my interviewee mentioned. According to a study conducted by World Health Organization (WHO) in 2004, 61.9% of communicable diseases accounted for the cause of diseases among Ghanaian, 30.8% of non-communicable diseases accounted for the cause of diseases in this population, and 7.3% of injuries accounted for the cause of diseases in this population.
Some of the non-communicable diseases are neuropsychiatric conditions, cardiovascular diseases, oral conditions, and neoplasm conditions; 8.8% of neuropsychiatric conditions, 5.3% of cardiovascular diseases, 0.2% of oral conditions, and 0.1% of neoplasm conditions make up the non-communicable diseases (WHO 2009). According to WHO Global Health Statistics Profile (2010), the leading cause of burden of diseases in Ghana was determined to be malaria which caused 12.3% of diseases outbreak.
In addition, malaria brings about 26% of cause death among children aged less than 5 years old. The second ranked disease was Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS), which accounted for 7.6% of total disability-adjusted life year (DALY’s). The third ranked leading cause of burden of diseases is diarrhoeal diseases which accounted for 6.0% of…