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
It is with heavy hearts and great difficulty that we announce the passing of Prof. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong, the West African Genetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC) Sectoral …
Professor Ofori-Acquah Awarded an NIH Multimillion Dollar Grant to Sequence the Whole Genome DNA of Children with Sickle Cell Disease in Ghana
Professor Fiifi Ofori-Acquah, Director of the West African Genetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC) and Dean of the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences (SBAHS) has …
The West African Genetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC), University of Ghana welcomed the first cohort of students into its new flagship Master of Science (MSc) degree …