World Kidney Day falls on March 9, 2017, and every year Ghana is faced with an alarming increase in chronic kidney disease.
Across the globe, 10 percent of the population is affected by preventable yet deadly kidney diseases. Chronic Kidney Disease was ranked 18th in the list of causes of the total number of deaths worldwide according to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study. This makes chronic kidney disease the second most deadly after HIV and AIDS globally.
The situation is no different in Ghana as an average of over 12,000 diagnosed kidney patients are recorded per year, a third of whom needlessly die.
In Ghana, for every 10 admissions to a hospital emergency ward, 4 admissions have kidney-related conditions.
Unfortunately also, most patients diagnosed with kidney disease in Ghana are in their productive ages whereas the situation is the reverse for advanced countries.
This has necessitated the need for a vibrant national campaign to create awareness in order to encourage early detection.
The campaign against Chronic Kidney Disease gave birth to Health Education on Wheels (HEOW), an NGO with a mission to provide accessible health information and education services to individuals with preventable diseases.
HEOW, through extensive consultations and support from the Ghana Police Service, formed a Public Private Partnership with the Ghana Police Hospital to set up a Dialysis Centre presently at the forefront of Dialysis Treatment for End-Stage Renal Failure.
The Police Hospital Dialysis Centre was officially opened in April 2011 by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Alhassan. The centre was a brain child of Dr. and Mrs. Anim-Addo, both stationed in the United States of America.
Dr. and Mrs. Anim-Addo, after experiencing the effect of CKD in the family, and having observed the critical impact the illness can have on the patient, families, and friends, decided that they would voluntarily do whatever they could to assist other unfortunate patients.