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Promoting health through the life course

Falling cocoa prices threaten child labour spike in Ghana, Ivory Coast

A drop in global cocoa prices threatens to undermine efforts to stamp out child labour in Ghana and Ivory Coast, the world`s two biggest growers, as falling incomes could force farmers to send their children to work, charities said. "If these low prices translate into lower incomes for poor families, and household poverty gets worse, we are worried that the risk of child labour will increase," Nick Weatherill, executive director of ICI, explained. Children could be taken out of school if their families can no longer pay the costs, and many may be made to work on cocoa farms if growers cannot afford to employ labourers, he added

June 12, 2017

Ashanti ups effort to fight teen sex and pregnancy

The campaign to bring down the rates of teen pregnancy has been scaled up in Ghana’s Ashanti region with the training of more young people for reproductive health advocacy. This is being done under the guidance of the Ghana Adolescent Reproductive Health project, an intervention to improve youth health information and quality reproductive services

May 6, 2017

Foundations launch road safety program to protect children

Two global foundations, FIA Foundation and Puma Energy Foundation, will support the NGO Amend to implement proven-effective road safety measures around high-risk primary schools in Accra. They will also work with national institutions to see the measures become more widely implemented across Ghana. WHO estimates that over 6,700 people are killed on Ghana’s roads each year and children are among the highest risk groups for road traffic injury

April 5, 2017
Joy Online

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Imminent cholera outbreak in parts of Brong Ahafo

The deputy regional director of public health raised public alarm about the possibility of a cholera outbreak in the region, this is partly due to a water crisis. The deputy director said ‘with the onset of rains there was the possibility that most river bodies, wells and boreholes could become contaminated’ and he urged people to boil water

March 2, 2017
Business Ghana
March 1, 2017
Peace FM

Non communicable diseases

Health experts call for more action on tobacco control

Health experts and stakeholder organisations in Ghana have declared a seven-point plan of action to be taken by the government on tobacco control, the reduction of its usage and its effect on non-communicable diseases and premature deaths. The actions place emphasis on the promotion of partnerships, building of capacities of different stakeholders to advocate, support and monitor progress on tobacco control as part of the Sustainable Development Goals implementation effort

June 18, 2017
Business Ghana

Ghana Records 60,000 Cancer Cases Annually - Dr Joel Yarney

Dr Joel Yarney, the Head of the Medical Centre for Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, said about 60,000 cancer cases are recorded by Ghana annually. He said out of this figure 2,500 were breast cancer cases, and this requires that urgent action be taken to ensure prevention and treatment, along with improvements in quality of care

June 13, 2017
Peace FM

Health systems

Health stakeholders call for more HIV and AIDS commodities

Stakeholders at a workshop on HIV and AIDS have appealed to the government of Ghana to release counterparts funding for the procurements of materials and drugs for the care and treatment of HIV/AIDs patients in the Western Region. They said many of the commodities needed to test, treat and provide overall care for persons living with the disease as well as the control of new infections continue to lag behind and this may hamper the achievement of the “90-90-90” targets. The stakeholders made the call during a regional introductory project meeting on the “Support Advocacy on ARVS and AIDS Commodities Shortage in Ghana”

June 12, 2017
Business Ghana

India’s dismal record in healthcare

New research by The Lancet shows India ranking at 154 out of 195 countries in terms of access to healthcare, which is worse than Nepal, Bangladesh, Ghana and Liberia. Live Mint takes three comparative charts and shows how relative prosperity in India in many places counts for little if the government significantly underinvests in its own healthcare system

May 24, 2017
Live Mint

Poisonous drugs hit market

Business Day Ghana focused upon Ghana’s record as the sixth worst country for counterfeit drugs in the world. WHO has estimated counterfeit drugs make up around 25% of the total medicine supply in less developed countries and a more detailed sampling found that between 30-60% of the medicines in Africa and South East Asia were substandard

March 7, 2017
Business Day, AllAfrica.com

Communicable diseases

Ghana’s infant malaria prevalence rate down to 21 percent

Ghana has recorded significant improvement in reducing malaria prevalence among infants between six months and 59 months, according to the Ghana Malaria Indicator Survey. The survey observed that malaria prevalence rate among the infants surveyed decreased significantly by six percentage points to 21 percent in 2016, from the 27 percent prevalence rate in 2014. Acting Government Statistician Baah Wadieh said a lot more needed to be done to sustain the downward slope in the malaria infection rates

July 28, 2017
News Ghana, Pulse.com
July 27, 2017
Ghana News Agency

Engineer advocates ban of pit latrine

Business Ghana features a story with engineering experts calling for a legislative instrument asking for a ban on the construction and use of pit latrines for local communities. It argues that poor use and maintenance of these latrines were the causes of cholera outbreaks and other intestinal diseases. Dubbed the ‘Community Led Total Sanitation’ programme, it is backed by World Vision International Ghana

May 10, 2017
Business Ghana

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to pilot GSK malaria vaccine from 2018

Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will pilot the world’s first malaria vaccine from 2018, offering it for babies and children in high-risk areas as part of real-life trials, the World Health Organization said. In clinical trials it proved only partially effective, and it needs to be given in a four-dose schedule, but it is the first regulator approved vaccine against the mosquito-borne disease

April 24, 2017
Reuters, BBC, AlJazeera, Deutsche Welle
April 26, 2017
CNN Health
April 24, 2017
Quartz, Telegraph, IFLScience