Increase pharmaceutical production
During a courtesy visit to the new Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, the Director General of the ECOWAS West African Health Organisation (WAHO), Dr. Xavier Crespin, called on Ghana’s head of state to make the country a leader in pharmaceutical production in West Africa. This appeal is part of WAHO’s ambition to double the amount of medications produced in the region, which is only about 25% today. Compared to other West African countries, Ghana has made significant progress in the health arena, including through the introduction of universal health care coverage and the development of traditional medicines. The country is also an important part of the Regional Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, which ECOWAS set up in 2015 in response to the region’s Ebola epidemic. Two Ghanaian institutions, the University of Ghana and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, train medical intervention teams that are attached to the Centre. Building on these experiences, Ghana should play a leading role in the health security and pharmaceutical production in the region, including in the development of regulations and in the promotion of their harmonization at the ECOWAS level.