A rare disease, also referred to as an orphan disease, is any disease that affects a small percentage of the population. Most rare diseases are genetic, and thus are present throughout the person’s entire life, even if symptoms do not immediately appear. Many rare diseases appear early in life, and about 30 percent of children with rare diseases will die before reaching their fifth birthday.
The resource and information center of Rare Disease Ghana Initiative gathers information and resources on all the 7000 rare diseases. This list was derived from cases reported from Ghana in the medical journals, media and cases referred directly to Rare Disease Ghana Initiative.
We update our list frequently. Please keep checking back as this list continues to expand