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One million new STIs every day, says WHO


One million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur every single day, the World Health Organization has estimated. That means more than 376 million new cases annually of four infections – chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis. The WHO highlights a lack of progress in stopping the spread of STIs, and says its figures are a “wake-up call”. Experts are particularly concerned ...

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Gov’t urged to provide better conditions for nurses, midwives in rural areas


The Ghana Nurses and Midwives’ Association has called on the government to review the conditions of service of nurses and Midwives that serve in rural communities across the country. According to the Association, even though nurses generally go through difficult moments in delivering healthcare, their counterparts in rural areas go through harrowing challenges all in their bid to make healthcare ...

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Africa: Cursed by aid


Sub-Saharan Africa has a comfortable prominence among the world’s most aid-dependent countries. Even the phrase “aid-dependent” is annoying. But perhaps over the years African leaders have not thought it annoying enough, or they would have shown leadership of the kind that would have evicted their countries from this shameful front row. At the very least it should have struck them ...

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Canada warns citizens about ‘violent crimes’ in Ghana


The Government of Canada’s travel information guide has warned Canadian citizens about travelling to Ghana. A June 5 Tweet warns Canadians that violent crimes, such as robbery and kidnapping, may occur while they are in Ghana.  ”Be aware of your surroundings and avoid walking alone or displaying signs of wealth,” the Tweet further warned. ✔@TravelGoC #Ghana: violent crimes, including armed robbery ...

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Artisanal and Small Scale Mining in Ghana from a Livelihood Perspective

small scale

The term “Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining” has been defined in several ways by different scholars.  Most Scholars who have attempted to define the concept have their definitions characterized by the number of miners, the production capacity of a mine, the mechanization status and the capital investment value.  Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) has been acknowledged as a substantial source of ...

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Uganda bans giving to child beggars in bid to stop exploitation


Ugandan officials have passed a law making it an offence to offer money, food or clothing to children living on the streets of the capital, in a controversial bid to stop exploitation and sexual abuse. The Kampala Child Protection Ordinance 2019 also criminalises children loitering in public places, begging or soliciting, vending or hawking, and bans the sale of alcohol ...

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Nearly half of all child deaths in Africa stem from hunger, study shows


One in three African children are stunted and hunger accounts for almost half of all child deaths across the continent, an Addis Ababa-based think tank has warned. In an urgent call for action, a study by the African Child Policy Forum said that nearly 60 million children in Africa do not have enough food despite the continent’s economic growth in ...

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Rawlings calls for urgent removal of Indemnity Clauses at June 4 durbar

Former President Jerry John Rawlings

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has in a characteristic June 4 address called for an urgent review of the Fourth Republican constitution to remove entrenched clauses that protect high level political actors and embolden some of them to abuse their office and criminally profit from their positions. Delivering the keynote address at a parade, wreath-laying and durbar to climax activities ...

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‘Time to enforce regulations on tobacco smoking’

Mrs.Delese Mimi Darko

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) are rallying support from stakeholders and the public to help wage a war on tobacco smoking, as the harmful health impact of tobacco is killing hundreds of people annually. According to the FDA, although the prevalence of tobacco smoking in the country reduced from 3.6 per cent in ...

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Ban donations to street children beggars – the Kampala example

street children

One of the forward-looking news items during the past week that should gladden the hearts of child rights activists was headlined, “Kampala bans donations to street children.” According to a BBC story published by the Daily Graphic on May 24th, city Councillors in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, have made it criminal offence to give money or food to street children beggars. Violators ...

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