West African Genetic Medicine Centre
improving access to genetic health
Through the introduction of new educational programmes in genetics,
innovative research on common genetic disorders and
community and public engagement.
WE HAVE PROGRAMMES THAT BRING CHANGE
Our Research Aims to Improve Health & Wellbeing
Sickle cell disease affects one in fifty births in Ghana. This means that about 14,000 babies are born each year with sickle cell disease in Ghana. Of the record number of 2,400 babies born on New Year’s day in 2018 in Ghana; 48 would have been born with sickle cell disease without their parents knowing about it because we don’t have a national program for screening for the disease.
Kidney disease and diabetes is a research theme of WAGMC. Research in this area is currently focused on kidney disease in the H3Africa Kidney Disease Research Network. Its primary goal is to conduct genomics, clinical and translational research on the most prevalent forms of chronic kidney disease (CKD), expand and support a well-trained cadre of African researchers and physician scientists to conduct CKD research according to regional priorities.
We learn from, and give back to our community.
We embarked on our first community engagement programme in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The medical caravan commemorated the 20th Anniversary Tour of the Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Ofori Panin. Over 2,500 residents of the Akyem Abuakwa State benefitted from the free health screening exercise.
WAGMC by the Numbers
WAGMC Deputy Centre Leader, Lorna Awo Renner, MB ChB, MPH, FRCPCH, FGCPS, of WAGMC, has received the 2021 International Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award. Prof. Renner is a lecturer at the University and Head of the Paediatric Oncology Unit at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
The US Assistant Secretary for Health, ADM Brett P. Giroir, M.D., presented the Assistant Secretary of Health (ASH) Exceptional Service Medal to Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong.
Scientists at the University of Ghana have successfully sequenced genomes of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the global COVID-19 pandemic.