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.


Fellowships for new postgraduate training in behavioural and  biomedical genetics.

Targeting health professionals to give them new skills in Genetic Counselling and emerging topics in Genetic Medicine.

Exposing new graduates to cutting-edge technologies in molecular diagnostics and biomedical research.

Our Research Aims to Improve Health & Wellbeing

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About 14,000 babies are born each year with Sickle Cell Disease in Ghana.

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.


It is estimated more than 500,000 individuals lose their lives to end stage renal disease annually in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Breast cancer screening can mean early detection which can mean more successful treatment.

The prevalence of cancer is increasing in Africa where access to diagnostic services, treatment, prevention and control are limited and/or unavailable.

Explore our flagship sickle cell disease project​

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. 

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WAGMC by the Numbers

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  • Genetic Counselling programme in West Africa

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  • patients enrolled in the SickleGenAfrica Project

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Our News

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.

The West African Genetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC) a new African Centre of Excellence (ACE) in the University of Ghana has completed a 3-week outreach programme in the Akyem Abuakwa State.

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