The GUBA Foundation, an African charity organization based in the United Kingdom has launched a campaign to raise funds to purchase incubators for deprived hospitals in Ghana.
The campaign dubbed “Closing the Gap- Infant Mortality” is aiming at acquiring incubators to distribute to hospitals in Ghana to reduce the number of babies who die within a few days of birth due to inadequate equipment
Out of a 1000 babies born each year in Ghana, 29 die within the first month of birth and 38 of those that survive the first month do not live to see their first birthday.
About 166 infants die each year before the age of one in deprived communities in the Brong Ahafo, Northern and Upper West regions of Ghana.
According to a report by Joy FM, an Accra-based radio station, 19 babies died at the Dormaa Presbyterian Hospital in Ghana from January to April of this year because the only incubator in the hospital broke down last year and has not been replaced.
The report said hospital officials are using surrogate wooden incubators fitted with bulbs to preserve the lives of new born babies. A situation which beggars believe in this day and age of technology and more especially in a country like Ghana.
The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of GUBA Foundation, Dentaa, said; “it would be an unprecedented form of inhumanity if citizens of this world do not react to this catastrophe.
No child should die because institutions in society, and its citizens consciously denied them their ultimate right of life. We must do the little we can to help save these children”.
GUBA Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to address problems and issues relating to poverty, disability and health in Ghanaian and African communities in the United Kingdom and Ghana. The Foundation’s vision is to provide awareness, support, and guidance to the families, encourage strong community cohesion and ensure that communities have access to the services that they require.
Through its mother organization-GUBA (Ghana UK Based Achievement) Awards and its successful non-profit business and innovation awards, the charity has developed a reputation for transforming ideas into reality and embracing new challenges. The foundation has previously supported children and families living with Autism.
We are appealing to all communities worldwide to help the foundation achieve its goal of reducing infant mortality by donating incubators or any amount in the three ways outlined below: