EatSafe Ghana is a non-governmental organization founded in 2007. We seek to improve public health through safe, nutritious 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.
Malnutrition in all its forms (under-nutrition, over-nutrition and micronutrient deficiency) affects millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Protein-energy malnutrition, diet-related diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart diseases are on the rise and these have largely been attributed to inadequate access to nutritious foods, unhealthy dietary practices and unhealthy lifestyles. Micronutrient deficiency especially among children and women of reproductive age is also a serious problem in SSA including Ghana.
Most of these problems persist due to lack of knowledge and ignorance; traditional beliefs, poverty, 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 and SSA in particular and other parts of the globe.
We do this through:
Public education and awareness creation;
Evidence-based advocacy for increased investments in food safety and nutrition research, nutrient-dense food production, food processing and distribution;
Women and youth empowerment;
Food safety and hygiene-related infrastructural development; and
Research to generate evidence to influence policy and practice.