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Ghana: Pooling samples boosts Ghana’s COVID-19 testing

Ghana: Pooling samples boosts Ghana’s COVID-19 testing

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, ghana
Ghana has conducted over 370 000 tests between March and mid-July making it one of the countries in the WHO Africa Region with the most tests per 100 000 populationACCRA, Ghana, July 31, 2020/ -- “We are pleased to inform you that after the recent COVID-19 test conducted, your results came out negative,” read a text message to Benedict Abbey. “Please do well to continue to strictly adhere to the precautionary protocols and we will get through this healthy and safe.”Six days earlier Abbey had been tested for the virus after being traced and contacted by the Ghana Health Service when a colleague at his workplace tested positive for COVID-19. Waiting for the results while in isolation was agonizing.“I was not able to sleep well. I was always thinking about the whole thing and I wondered what...
HEALTH: U.S. and Ghana work together to achieve Malaria Elimination and Zero Malaria Deaths by 2030

HEALTH: U.S. and Ghana work together to achieve Malaria Elimination and Zero Malaria Deaths by 2030

ghana, HEALTH
ACCRA, Ghana, July 28, 2020/ -- On July 28, 2020, the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan, virtually joined the Government Statistician  of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, and the Program Manager of the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), Dr. Keziah Malm, to launch the 2019 Malaria Indicator Survey (MIS) results.  The launch highlighted impressive results in malaria control, including a nationwide 32 percent decrease in malaria prevalence in children under five, from 21 percent in 2016 to 14 percent in 2019.The survey, conducted by GSS and NMCP, provides critical data to monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and Ghana’s National Malaria Strategic Plan to achieve malaria elimination and zero malaria deaths by 2030.  ...
African Development Bank Group supports Ghana’s COVID-19 response plan with $69 million grant

African Development Bank Group supports Ghana’s COVID-19 response plan with $69 million grant

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, ghana
The funds will help to upgrade the capacity of healthcare facilities to isolate, diagnose and care for patients, and provide more test kits, pharmaceuticals, equipment and bedsABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 26, 2020/ -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund (ADF) on Friday approved a $69 million grant to support Ghana’s efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its socio-economic impact on the nation.The grant from the ADF, the concessional arm of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), will provide fiscal budget support to finance the government’s national COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, and Coronavirus Alleviation Program.Specifically, the funds will help to upgrade the capacity of healthcare facilities to isolate, diagnose and care for pa...
Coronavirus – Ghana: Socio-economic impact in Ghana

Coronavirus – Ghana: Socio-economic impact in Ghana

AFRICA
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 26, 2020/ -- “COVID-19 leaves few lives and places untouched. But its impact is harshest for those groups who were already in vulnerable situations before the crisis. This is particularly true for many people on the move, such as migrants in irregular situations, migrant workers with precarious livelihoods, or working in the informal economy, victims of trafficking in persons as well as people fleeing their homes because of persecution, war, violence, human rights violations or disaster, whether within their own countries — internally displaced persons (IDPs) — or across international borders — refugees and asylum-seekers.” (UN Secretary General’s Policy Brief on “COVID-19 and People on the Move”, June 2020) Download Report:https://bit.ly/39qqzrl Highlights...
Coronavirus – Ghana: Striving to keep health worker infections at bay

Coronavirus – Ghana: Striving to keep health worker infections at bay

CORONAVIRUS
ACCRA, Ghana, July 25, 2020/ -- Evelyn Narki Dowuona bears a great responsibility at Ga East Municipal Hospital in the Ghanaian capital Accra, where, as in much of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised the risks of health care work. Drawing on more than 10 years of nursing experience, the quality and safety manager ensures that measures to curb infection are strictly observed. “We want to cause no harm to the patients while giving them care. We also want to ensure that our staff are safe in their working environment,” she says.Health worker safety is a critical component in the COVID-19 response. More than 10 000 health workers in 40 African countries have contracted the virus since the pandemic began.Nurse Dowuona speaks about the risks, the worries and the efforts to limit infe...
In Ghana, African Development Bank-funded training builds skills for the economy of the future – report

In Ghana, African Development Bank-funded training builds skills for the economy of the future – report

AFRICA
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 22, 2020/ -- A six-year project to develop industrial skills among Ghana’s workforce has improved the engineering and manufacturing skills of young people, promoted economic competitiveness and contributed to an improvement in the quality of life of beneficiaries and a reduction in poverty, according to an African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) report issued on 15 July 2020. The Development of Skills for Industry Project (DSIP) (https://bit.ly/30Cy3na) was implemented between 2013 and 2019 with $95.2 million in financing from the African Development Fund of the African Development Bank. Its goal was to support the Ghanaian government’s efforts to reform the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector and enhance technical and professional schoo...
Coronavirus: Ghana’s community nurses deliver child health care amid COVID-19

Coronavirus: Ghana’s community nurses deliver child health care amid COVID-19

HEALTH
ACCRA, Ghana, July 18, 2020/ -- A backpack containing simple but essential medicines and supplies is all Antoinette Nuselie Segla, principal community health nurse, needs to embark on a health outreach in Fadama, a populous community in the north of Ghana’s capital, Accra. Segla and her team of three other nurses attend to more than 50 caregivers and their children during clinic days at the compound of the Chief Imam of Fadama. That was until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fear of contracting the virus has kept people away from seeking health services. “When they (community) heard about COVID-19, they refused to come and we were also a bit scared initially because we didn’t have proper personal protective equipment to work with, no buckets to wash our hands and few chairs to en...
Coronavirus – Ghana: Prvt Hammond receives letter from HRH The Prince of Wales

Coronavirus – Ghana: Prvt Hammond receives letter from HRH The Prince of Wales

CORONAVIRUS
ACCRA, Ghana, July 16, 2020/ -- HRH The Prince of Wales has honoured 95-year-old World War Two veteran Private Joseph Hammond for his contribution to Ghana’s coronavirus recovery. Inspired by the UK’s Captain Sir Thomas Moore, Private Hammond walked two miles every day for a week in early May to raise money for Ghanaian veterans and frontline health-workers impacted by the global pandemic. Private Hammond, like Sir Thomas Moore also fought in Myanmar during World War Two. Deputy British High Commissioner Thomas Hartley and British Defence Attaché to Ghana Lieutenant Colonel Alastair Mckechnie visited Private Hammond at his home in Osu to deliver a handwritten letter from The Prince praising Private Hammond’s efforts and offering a donation to the cause. After visiting Private Hammon...
Ghana records Fifty-five cases in one school

Ghana records Fifty-five cases in one school

CORONAVIRUS
The health authorities in Ghana have detected 55 cases of coronavirus among students and staff at Accra Girls Senior High School in the capital. Some 314 were tested in total. All the confirmed cases have been transferred to treatment and isolation centres, according to a joint statement by Ghana Health Service and the Ghana Education Service. Ghana allowed final-year students back into classrooms last month to allow them to sit exams. The first cases in schools were detected last Monday. President Nana Akufo-Addo last week went into quarantine for 14 days as a precaution when a member of his close circle tested positive for coronavirus.
GHANA: Minister steps down after breaching COVID-19 protocol

GHANA: Minister steps down after breaching COVID-19 protocol

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, ghana
A sitting Ghanaian lawmaker and deputy minister has resigned his ministerial post after admitting to openly flouting COVID-19 protocols at a time he had tested positive. The presidency confirmed in a July 3 statement that Carlos Ahenkorah’s resignation as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry had been accepted by the president. “This follows the admission by the Deputy Minister of his breach of COVID-19 protocols, when, as a person certified to be positive for the virus, he visited a registration center in his constituency before the period of self-isolation was complete. “President Akufo-Addo is admonishing all of his appointees to bear in mind that they have to provide leadership, at all times, for adherence to the protocols that have been established to help the nation defeat ...
Exploring the joys of being black and “Pure Love”- how Pan-African womenswear designer, Ophelia Crossland is leveraging on Tech and authentic designs to celebrate black women

Exploring the joys of being black and “Pure Love”- how Pan-African womenswear designer, Ophelia Crossland is leveraging on Tech and authentic designs to celebrate black women

AFRICA
ACCRA, Ghana, July 4, 2020 -- Pan-African womenswear designer, Ophelia Crossland is well pleased to announce the launch of her ‘’Pure Love” Collection for the Spring and Summer fashion season. Produced on the lines of an international pandemic and a lockdown that has affected the fashion industry and African enterprises , the titular womenswear brand with a luxury African aesthetic delved into her notion of unadulterated love to create the new line. Nestled on the first floor of Sarah’s building, an iconic landmark on Ghana’s culturally-rich and retail district, Oxford Street in Osu, the brand which was founded by Ophelia Okyere-Darko, a then-graduate of the Vogue School of Style and Design where she was adjudged Best Graduating student in 2004, explores the fusion of Ghanaian folkl...
Ghana Cocoa Board, African Development Bank and financial partners celebrate first $200 million disbursement of loan to boost cocoa productivity in Ghana

Ghana Cocoa Board, African Development Bank and financial partners celebrate first $200 million disbursement of loan to boost cocoa productivity in Ghana

AFRICA
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 27, 2020/ -- Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and lenders have welcomed the first disbursement of $200 million of a syndicated loan facility to boost cocoa productivity in the world’s second-largest producer. The occasion was marked by a ceremony held in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday 23 June, followed online by hundreds of observers across the globe. In attendance were COCOBOD and government representatives and participating lenders, which included development finance institutions: the African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Spa. Commercial lenders were represented by Credit Suisse AG, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, London ...
Satellite TV Gains Popularity in Ghana and Nigeria

Satellite TV Gains Popularity in Ghana and Nigeria

TECHNOLOGY
LUXEMBOURG CITY, Luxembourg, June 25, 2020/ -- Study shows Satellite TV reception increases by 23% in Nigeria and 19% in Ghana in 2019 since the last study, conducted two years ago; SES (www.SES.com) currently reaches 35 million TV households across the African Continent.SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, has unveiled the results of its annual Satellite Monitor survey, which reveals a steady increase in the penetration of satellite TV across Africa. The study on TV reception also shows an increase in SES reach from 33 million African households in 2018 to 35 million households in 2019.In Nigeria, the Satellite Monitor results revealed that satellite TV reception was the choice for 11.8 million households in 2019, a 23% increase compared to 2017, and a further 4.7 mi...
AFRICA: Ecobank Group and JA Africa partner to promote financial literacy skills among Africa’s youth.

AFRICA: Ecobank Group and JA Africa partner to promote financial literacy skills among Africa’s youth.

AFRICA, Business
ACCRA, Ghana, June 24, 2020/ -- Junior Achievement (JA) Africa and Ecobank Group (www.Ecobank.com) announce their new partnership- “Banking on Africa’s Youth.” The partnership will undertake a campaign which will tap into JA’s vast online community, comprising over one million young social media followers spread across Africa. It will educate and mobilize over 600,000+ young people with financial literacy knowledge, as part of Ecobank’s Junior Savers initiative which in part seeks to grow financial inclusion for young Africans using Ecobank’s mobile/digital resources.The purpose of the online campaign is to empower potential and existing Junior Savers account holders with the requisite financial literacy knowledge to understand and begin to build a culture of savings as part of their pers...
Coronavirus – Ghana: U.S. partners with Ghana to launch Ghana Learning Radio Program to improve reading for all Ghanaian Children

Coronavirus – Ghana: U.S. partners with Ghana to launch Ghana Learning Radio Program to improve reading for all Ghanaian Children

AFRICA
ACCRA, Ghana, June 16, 2020 -- On June 15, 2020, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan joined Ghana’s Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, in launching the Ghana Learning Radio: Reading Program. Developed in response to the closure of over 25,000 primary schools nationwide due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the radio program will engage parents, caregivers, and students through daily broadcasts to support and improve reading among Ghana’s primary school age students. Because of the pandemic, millions of primary school students are out of school. To address this challenge, the Ministry of Education partnered with the U.S. government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to design a national radio program in reading. The program will provid...
MainOne commence Construction Work at MDXi Data Center in Appolonia City

MainOne commence Construction Work at MDXi Data Center in Appolonia City

AFRICA
ACCRA, Ghana, May 29, 2020/ -- Consistent with the announcement of its planned MDXi Ghana Data Center project in September 2019, West Africa’s premier connectivity and data center solution provider, MainOne , has commenced construction activities on the project with official site groundbreaking at the Appolonia City enclave on the 15th of May 2020. This follows a thorough and transparent vendors selection process, as well as extensive design review of the planned Tier III Modular facility, leading to the award of engineering and civil build contracts to global OEM and local civil and architectural consultant. Full mobilization and preliminary construction activities has therefore commenced at the site, subsequent to the procurement of relevant construction and environmental permits fo...
DHL Global Forwarding moves critical goods from China to Ghana

DHL Global Forwarding moves critical goods from China to Ghana

AFRICA
ACCRA, Ghana, May 28, 2020/ -- PPE shipment was transported as part of DHL’s dedicated weekly air freight solution from China to Africa; UbuntuConnect – the specific air freight solution for the China-Africa lane - will be extended due to high demand. DHL Global Forwarding, the leading international provider of air, sea and road freight services is leveraging its global network to facilitate the air transportation of critical personal protective equipment from China to Ghana, via Dubai. From the capital city, Accra, the shipment is distributed across the country to equip front-line healthcare workers in their fight against Covid-19. This was made possible as part of DHL’s dedicated 100-ton weekly air freight service from China into Middle East and Africa launched last month. Ap...