EatSafe Ghana is a non-governmental organization founded in 2007 with the primary aim of improving public health through the promotion of safe and healthy foods.
EatSafe Ghana recognizes the fact that foodborne illnesses and diet-related diseases are on the increase all over the world, especially in developing countries including Ghana. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in developing countries contaminated food contributes to 1.5 billion annual cases of diarrhoea and at least 1.8 million deaths in children below 5 years.
In Ghana it is estimated that the total annual out-patient cases reported with food-borne diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid, cholera and hepatitis, is about 420,000 with annual death rate of not less than 65,000. And in 2002 alone about 2.3 million cases of foodborne illnesses were recorded in Ghana’s health institutions.
Most of these problems persist due to lack of knowledge; inadequate and inappropriate policies, laws and regulations; non-enforcement of laws and regulations, too many agencies responsible for regulating our food and poor coordination of their activities; lack of infrastructure such as potable water, drainage and toilet facilities, poorly constructed markets among others.
It is in this vein that EatSafe Ghana was founded to complement governments’ efforts in addressing food safety and nutrition challenges in Ghana in particular and other parts of the globe.