APPIATSE TOWNSHIP RECEIVES DONATION FROM WAIMM

The West African Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (WAIMM) has donated an amount of GH 90,000 Ghana cedi (which is the equivalent US$13,250.00) to the fund Committee set up for the reconstruction of the Appiatse Township near Bogoso in the Western Region. This follows an explosive disaster incident that occurred on 20th January 2022 killing at least 13 people when a truck carrying explosives to a gold mine crashed with a motorcycle in the Township. Presenting the cheque…

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Women and Girls in science and technology: Bridging the gender gap

On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let us recognize significant progress. According to UNESCO Science Report 2021, one in three researchers in science globally is a woman. In Africa, 30% of science professionals are women and female enrolment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses is rising. Yet women and girls are still underrepresented. Globally, only 12% of the members of science academies are women and they comprise only a quarter (28%) of tertiary…

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Sustainable packaging for African Tea

People may not always think about where their food comes from, but Asami Tea founder Ola Atilola wants to change that. Asami, which means “my culture” in the Yoruba language, is a Northwest Arkansas-based company created in 2016 with the desire to promote African products and support African farmers. “We want to invest in those farmers and tell their origin story,” Atilola says.  A native of Nigeria, Atilola has developed relationships with farmers across the African continent, sourcing ingredients from countries…

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Ghanaian pharmacy venture mPharma raises $35 million to expand drug access in Africa

Ghana-based health tech startup mPharma has raised $35 million to build a chain of community pharmacies across Africa as it races to be the primary healthcare service provider for millions, TechCrunch reported Wednesday (Jan. 5). Co-founder and CEO Gregory Rockson told the news organization that the new funding will be used to construct the startup’s data infrastructure, triple its staff by 2025 and support expansion. He also said the cash will be used to launch an eCommerce platform for…

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Ghana to fine airlines $3,500 per unvaccinated passenger

Ghana has announced plans to fine airlines $3,500 for each passenger who arrives in the West African country without being fully vaccinated against COVID-19. A joint statement by the Ghana Health Service and Ghana Civil Aviation Authority on Monday stated that the new measure is part of plans to prevent the West African country from the spread of omicron, a highly transmissible virus strain. “The current increase in cases together with the detection of the omicron variant among international…

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MEET FRANK DARKO, INVENTOR OF THE FLOATING BICYCLE

Frank Darko is a young Graphic Design student of the Takoradi Technical University who hails from Takoradi. He would have been in his final year had he not deferred his course for personal reasons. The remarkable young man has pursued his passion in science and technology and invented the Floating Bicycle. After witnessing the devastating effects of flooding in his hometown, especially how school children become stranded and cannot cross the rivers through conventional boats to get to school,…

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Ghana security forces shut down LGBTQ office: Rights group

Ghana security forces raided and shut down the office of an LGBTQ rights group in the capital, Accra, the organisation has said, after politicians and religious leaders called for its closure. Gay sex is a criminal offence in the West African country and members of the LGBTQ community face widespread discrimination. “This morning, our office was raided by National Security,” the LGBT+ Rights Ghana group said on Twitter on Wednesday. “At this moment, we no longer have access to…

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Ghana receives first historic shipment of COVID-19 vaccinations from international COVAX facility

Six hundred thousand doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative have arrived in Ghana: a historic first for the international partnership to provide equitable innoculations for all. Confirming the news on Wednesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that further supplies of the AstraZeneca/Oxford jab will reach Côte d’Ivoire later this week. These are the first coronavirus shots from the COVAX scheme to be distributed outside India, where the vaccine is being produced under licence. They…

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Ghana’s Karaga District Hospital records zero maternal deaths in 2020

Ghana’s Karaga District Hospital has for the first time in ten years last year recorded zero maternal deaths. This achievement has been attributed to the hardworking and dedicated staff of the hospital amidst challenges and the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. At the 2020 Annual Performance Review of the hospital at Karaga, the Medical Superintendent, Dr. Barihama Adam expressed gratitude to the midwives and called for the support of all to continue to provide quality health care to…

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Growing fears of COVID-19 associated stigma and discrimination in Africa

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread rapidly across the continent, social stigma and discriminatory behaviours against persons perceived to have been in contact with the virus is also on an alarming rise. I recently watched a comic viral video showing people running out of a public bus for dear life as if a bomb had gone off. However, it was not a physical explosion but a loud sneeze from one of the passengers that had sent alarm bells…

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