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UNICEF commends Ghana for reducing under-five mortality

CDD-Ghana and UNICEF develops district league table

Ghana’s District League Table 2014 Out 

Tano South ranked first in district league table

CDD-Ghana And UNICEF To Launch The District League Table (DLT)

Maiden Districts League Table performance results ready

CDD report ranks Karaga worst performing district

USAID And UNICEF To Promote Inclusive Education Spy GhanaVibe Ghana, Citifmonline

AUD 250000 Given To Ghana To Fight Ebola,Vibe Ghana

Only 10% Students Benefit From Public Education Resources Spy Ghana

63 Million Adolescents Denied Right To Education Spy Ghana

Child marriage has devastating consequences on children – Gender Minister Vibe Ghana, AllAfrica.comPeace FM Online, Ghanaian Chronicle, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, GoG portal

USAID And UNICEF To Promote Inclusive Education Spy GhanaVibe Ghana. Citifmonline

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District League Table 2014

25th November 2014, Accra- In collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, UNICEF and CDD-Ghana is launching the Ghana District League Table on Tuesday 25th November 2014.

The District League Table is a new initiative that ranks all of Ghana’s 216 Districts by their level of development and service delivery  from the District in 1st place to that in 216th place.

Based on consultations with the key MDAs concerned, it uses indicators from 6 key sectors to compile a single score for each District, which are each then ranked. The sectors covered are: health, education, sanitation, water, governance and security.

The results show that the District sitting in first place, with a score of 76%, is Tano South in the Brong Ahafo Region. Whilst at the bottom of the league table, Karaga District in Northern region finds itself in 216th place with a score of just 15%. This means that the top performing District is doing 5 times better than the bottom performing District.

The Ashanti Region alone holds 8 out of Ghana’s top 20 Districts, while the Northern and Volta Regions hold 12 out of the bottom 20 Districts in Ghana.

The aim of the District League Table is to promote social accountability. This means that the results should be used to create dialogue and debate between the state and its citizens around improving local development and service delivery. The media’s role in this is fundamental.

With the District League Table, we can see for the first time ever which Districts are doing well in Ghana and can share lessons, and which are struggling and need particular support. The District League Table will be repeated on annual basis, showing where progress is being made.

For further information, please contact:

Offeibea Baddoo, UNICEF Ghana, Tel +233244663643,

Mina Okuru, CDD-Ghana, Tel +233206986755 

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DLT reports
25th November 2014, Accra- In collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, UNICEF and CDD-Ghana is launching the Ghana District League Table on Tuesday 25th November 2014.



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Press releases

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UNICEF and USAID support Ghana to improve quality education and learning outcomes
USAID is excited to join in partnership with UNICEF, Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service to bolster basic education priorities of improving reading, good management and accountability,” said Jim Beaver the USAID Mission Director in Ghana.

Investment Case Press Release
In many countries around the world, significantly less public resources are used to educate children in the poorest 20 per cent of society than their counterparts in the most affluent 20 per cent, according to a new report issued today by UNICEF. This dif

Adolescents twice as likely to be out of school as children of primary school age
Around 63 million adolescents between the ages of 12 to 15 years old are denied their right to an education, according to a new joint report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNICEF, Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from

UNICEF Ghana launches “iIMAGINEghana”: The Social Innovators Challenge for Children
Up to ten change makers with their life-changing ideas will be chosen to enter an innovation incubator programme that provides financial support and business coaching to help them implement and bring these ideas to scale.

iIMAGINEghana: The Social Innovators Challenge-Question & Answer Guidelines
R4C will partner with UNICEF to call for innovative ideas addressing children’s rights in the following areas:

Ghana’s Inclusive education policy
‘ Inclusive schools must recognize and respond to the diverse needs of their students, accommodating both different styles and rates of learning and ensuring quality education to all through appropriate curricula, organizational arrangements, teaching str

Ghana launches a national newborn health strategy and action plan to speed up the reduction of new born deaths
Launch of national newborn care strategy and action plan helps bring attention to high neonatal mortality rates in Ghana

Canada’s Assistance to UNICEF and Ghana’s Nutrition programme is saving lives
CMAM, an innovative approach which involves both the community and health workers in the detection and referral of malnutrition cases was introduced in Ghana in June 2007 following a national workshop.

Sports inspires children to learn
“I will go close to children who are physically challenged and invite them to play with me because I know they are just like me.”

World Water Day World’s poorest have least access to safe water: UNICEF
25th November 2014, Accra- In collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, UNICEF and CDD-Ghana is launching the Ghana District League Table on Tuesday 25th November 2014.

Volunteers “backstop” for health workers
Hawawu Mahama and Zainabu Abubakar have something in common; there are Community Based Agents who are trained to support health workers to treat minor illnesses such as malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia in children aged 6 months to five years old

UNICEF condemns killing of students in northeastern Nigeria
UNICEF expressed its outrage at the brutal killing yesterday of some 45 children, between 13 and 17 years old, by unidentified gunmen at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi, Yobe State, Nigeria.

Solving BIG problems using little technology in Ghana
In January, the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in partnership with UNICEF Ghana launched the MEST-UNICEF Hackathon, a three-day product development competition to find new technologies to serve the hard-to-reach in Ghana.

I teach the children because I want them to have a better future
Adam’s class is one of 30 in the Savelugu-Nanton district of the Northern region of Ghana. These 30 classes give 750 disadvantaged children the chance to get basic education and transition to regular school every year. UNICEF piloted and is supporting CBE

Ghana makes progress on child wellbeing but data shows that disparities still need to be bridged
ACCRA, 30 January 2014 – A new premier source of data and information on child well-being has been released today by UNICEF to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the child.

More than 1.2 million children under five don’t have a national identity in Ghana
ACCRA, 11 December 2013 - Nearly 1.2 million children under five years of age in Ghana are not registered in any official document said UNICEF in a new report, Every Child’s Birth Right: Inequities and trends in birth registration.

UNICEF and Korea International Cooperation Agencysupport Ghana to improve education and health
BOLGATANGA, December 10, 2013 –THE RESIDENT Representative of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Ghana Office travelled to the Upper East Region to launch a $4.5 million partnership with UNICEF and the Government of Ghana.

Ghana shows leadership in preventing the spread of HIV
25th November 2014, Accra- In collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, UNICEF and CDD-Ghana is launching the Ghana District League Table on Tuesday 25th November 2014.

Children's voices heard on World Toilet Day
ACCRA, Ghana, 19 November 2013 – Reading from a dais that was too high for her, six year old Rebecca Obeng Kyere read a three page long statement on behalf of the children of Ghana.

Ghana celebrates World Toilet Day
ACCRA, November 19, 2013 - For the first time since its inception in 2001, World Toilet Day (WTD) would now be commemorated by the 139 member states of the United Nations with the theme: "The Rural Meet the Urban Sanitation".

Ghana steps up fight against cervical cancer
DODOWA, Ghana, 13 November 2013 - GHANA has taken a giant step towards preventing cervical cancer in the country, with young girls between the ages of 9 and 13 benefitting from a HPV immunization exercise.

Moving towards an integrated social protection system: Reducing Poverty and Promoting Growth
ACCRA, November 10, 2013 - A high level panel discussion on Social protection and its role in Ghana was recently facilitated by UNICEF with the Government of Ghana.

Washing hands with soap and water still saves lives
ACCRA, Ghana 15 October 2013 - In Ghana one child out of every twelve born alive dies before the age of five and diarrhoea accounts for a good number of these childhood deaths.

Government and UNICEF launch new mass campaign to improve iodine nutrition of Ghanaians
ACCRA, Ghana, 10 October 2013 - THE Government of Ghana with the support of UNICEF is launching a mass social mobilisation campaign to increase the number of households consuming adequately iodised salt today.

UK Government and UNICEF cooperate to increase use of bednets to reduce burden of malaria in Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana, 2 October 2013 - The UK government will work with UNICEF to increase the use of long lasting insecticide nets (LLINs) in Ghana. DFID will provide US$1.8 million to increase use of mosquito nets.

Ghana must pledge to speed up progress on child survival to meet MDG 4
ACCRA, Ghana, 13 September 2013 - With an annual rate of reduction of 2.6% of under five deaths, Ghana will not achieve the MDG 4 target to reduce the number of children who die before the age of five.

Newborn Intensive Care Units launched in Northern Ghana
TAMALE, Ghana, 28 August 2013 - Newborn intensive care units in six hospitals will help reduce the high number of babies who die before reaching 30 days of life, said His Excellency the Ambassador of Japan Naoto Nikai today.

Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history, UNICEF
ACCRA, Ghana, 6 August 2013 - During World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF is focusing on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child’s life.

Korean International Cooperation Agency supports UNICEF
ACCRA, Ghana, 5 July 2013 - The Korea International Cooperation Agency and UNICEF signed an agreement to improve newborn care and education in Northern Ghana.

Mion District commits to stop open defecation
MION, Ghana, 27 June 2013 - UNICEF Ghana has congratulated Mion District Assembly members for signing a pledge to become an open defecation free district by August 31 – a crucial step towards the whole Northern Region stopping defecation in the open.

Child labour robbing millions of health, education and growth, UNICEF says
ACCRA, Ghana, 12 June 2013 - On the World Day Against Child Labour, UNICEF today called attention to the millions of children around the world who are engaged in some form of hazardous or exploitative work.






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Human Interest Stories

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Saves newborns
Baby girl Fredaus Ayamba is grateful to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital for saving her life 5 months ago. Fredous was born prematurely on the 22nd of July, 2014 with a weight of 1.6kg .She was immediately admit

In Ghana, reducing newborn deaths is key to achieving MDG 4
SAVELUGU-NANTON, Ghana, 6 September 2013- Maybe Baby Suale should have been called ‘Lucky’ at the customary naming ceremony, held seven days after her birth.

Social worker provides safe place for children in need
Anne Anglaaere-Konlan says that social work is her calling, her passion. She heads up the Government’s child rights program in the Northern Region. A large part of her job is to oversee the only government-approved orphanage in the three northern regions

Adiza Maida, a committed midwife, encourages women to deliver at the clinic
Adiza Maida is a midwife in Tolon District in the Northern Region of Ghana – the region with the lowest rate of women delivering with a skilled birth attendant (37% according to the 2011 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey).

Community mobilises against malnutrition in Northern Ghana
A programme in Ghana that mobilizes healers, healthcare workers and the community is proving a powerful ally in the fight against malnutrition.

Finding safe water for communities is payment enough for drilling expert Nathan Adams.
Nathan Adams Junior loves his job on the days when his driller strikes underground water. Nathan’s work is to provide safe water to communities. UNICEF works with his organization Rural Water Development of Church of Christ,

Partnership between Canada, UNICEF and Ghana Health service to reduce malnutrition
Khadija and her son Rakeem live in Tolon a town 30 minutes by road from the regional capital of the Northern region of Ghana. When Rakeem was 14 months old he became ill and lost a lot of weight, according to their belief system his mother treated him wit

Director won’t stop until he catches the MDG
A, Ghana, 2013 - WHEN Dr Alexis Nang-Beifubah arrived in the Upper West Region in 2008, the region had the highest rate of under-five deaths in the country.

Super volunteer Abudu Saaka serves community
WA, Accra, 2013 - ABUDU Saaka is a super volunteer. In his village of Biisee in Ghana’s Upper West, he is the health volunteer, the surveillance volunteer (who monitors births), the growth promotion volunteer, and the eye care volunteer.

Sanitation is all about dignity for Mary
ATOSALE, Ghana, 2013 - Mary Agurukungi Atonguaba face shows the wisdom of her years. She is one of the oldest women in her village of Atosale. A great-great grandmother.






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