Ghana

Meet Ghana’s vaccine king

This is a guest post from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, originally published on their Impatient Optimists blog. Dr. K.O. Antwi-Agyei manages the Expanded Programme on Immunisation in Ghana, where he oversees the day-to-day work to ensure vaccines reach children across the country. Ghana’s health care system has put......

Sisterly advice on oil – start with transparency

Lauren Pfeifer, ONE’s Transparency and Accountability Research Assistant, shares Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s call for transparency and accountability mechanisms in the oil industry of Ghana. Renowned Nigerian economist and member of ONE’s Board of Directors Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala advised Ghana on the importance of building t......

African Voices: Elizabeth Kabach

Elizabeth Kabach, 37 Community Health Volunteer, Farmer and Mother, Batuisa, Builsa District, Ghana I am a community health volunteer from Batuisa. If any accidents happen, they usually call me to see if I can help. But the road to my place is very bad. Here, we don’t have cars, we only use bicycles. If anybody…...

What Africa can learn from Ghana’s peaceful election

Ghana is a country I’ve come to admire profoundly for its democratic credentials over the last five elections since 1992. And now, I have seen that country successfully transfer power for the sixth time in a row without an implosion. Ghana has done it again… it’s pulled off yet another peaceful election last week on......

8 Children, 8 disposable cameras: A snapshot of rural Ghana

KickStart Ghana is a UK-registered charity that aims to ensure that the people of the Volta Region, Ghana, can fulfill their potential and have every opportunity to succeed. We focus on the promotion of education and physical activity to do this. We use a mixture of grants and volunteers to achieve these aims. At KickStart&he......

African voices: community health in northern Ghana

Fatahiya Yakuba, Community Health Nurse Kpasenkpe Health Center West Mamprusi District, Northern Ghana My name is Fatahiya Yakuba, and I am a community health nurse at the Kpasenkpe Health Center in West Mamprusi District in Northern Ghana. I have worked here for two years, longer than any of my colleagues, and there have bee......

African Voices: Abdulai Shefu

Hello, my name is Abdulai Shefu and I am the head teacher at Duu Primary and Junior High School located in the West Mamprusi District in northern Ghana. I can say that here at school we have two major challenges: There are not enough teachers and not enough students. Ten teachers including myself are in…...

African Voices: Memuna Sandow

Before I became a district assemblywoman in 2009, I had already been working with my community for years, especially the women. But I came to realize that despite my hard work, without an official position, my ability to effect change would always be limited. If you are not an assemblywoman, if you go to any…...

President John Atta Mills’ legacy

ONE Africa Director Sipho Moyo reflects on the life and accomplishments of Ghana President John Atta Mills, who died last week. When an African leader passes on, their death is never a simple, clear-cut affair. It is nearly always shrouded in secrecy or followed by a constitutional crisis in which the citizens never know exac......

Ghana rolls out vaccines against two top killers of children

Guest blog post from the GAVI Alliance Today marks a milestone for Ghana, with the West African nation making an unprecedented step towards saving the lives of its children from two of the biggest child killers in the country, through the simultaneous introduction of two new vaccines. Pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines will ......

Tragedy, hope and raw determination!

This blog post on World Immunization Week 2012 is by Dan Thomas, head of media and communications at the GAVI Alliance. Have you ever been to the movies and seen a trailer for a film that you previously had no interest in seeing and then suddenly thought to yourself “That is a film I CANNOT…...

Interview: GAVI’s Mercy Ahun talks Ghana’s upcoming vaccine milestone

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Mercy Ahun from the GAVI Alliance Secretariat. When I first met her two years ago, she was GAVI’s Director of Program Delivery, but recently she was named GAVI’s Special Representative to GAVI-Eligible Countries. In this role, she serves as a bridge between GAVI, countries ......

“The Best Way to Break the Back of Poverty is Through Agriculture”

Yesterday I attended a packed event in the United Kingdom Houses of Parliament to hear His Excellency John Kufuor, Former President of Ghana and 2011 World Food Prize Laureate, speak on the progress his country has made on extreme poverty and hunger. His Excellency John Kufuor won the World Food Prize in 2011 for his…...

Peering into Ghana’s mobile future with Mac-Jordan Degadjor

Mac-Jordan Degadjor is a Ghanaian social media entrepreneur and rising star among global tech bloggers. The 26-year-old recently spoke about the positive effects of social media at the TEDxYouthInspire conference in Ghana’s capital city of Accra and was spotlighted in the Christian Science Monitor’s “Thirty Ideas from P......