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At a glance: Ghana


In Ghana, including all children in the classroom
ABREM ANKAASE, Ghana, 16 August 2016 – When the school year began, teacher John Sylvester Mensah noticed that Daniel, 12, struggled to read what was written on the board. After a chat with Daniel, Mr. Mensah moved him to the front of the class so that he would have access to what the other children were learning.

In Ghana, a long overdue ‘place of convenience’ for an entire community
HO, Ghana, 21 July 2016 – A place of convenience, lavatory, restroom, toilet facility, washroom, comfort station. These are all names used in Ghana to describe a toilet or bathroom. But when these facilities are unavailable – especially for children in schools – it can be anything but comfortable or convenient.

In Ghana, an effort to abolish violent discipline in schools
ASSASSAN, Ghana, 3 September 2014 – When Benedicte Bon-Forson was a young girl in grade 3, she didn’t want to go to school. “Anytime I got up to go to school, I feel like, ahh!” she recalls, many years later.

In Ghana, changing the belief in violent discipline
TAMALE, Ghana, 14 August 2013 – Emmanuel Holortu sees some of the worst cases of violence against children – when discipline goes to the extreme. Mr. Holortu is the head of the Domestic Violence and Victim’s Support Unit in Tamale. His duty is to protect children in Ghana’s Northern Region against abuse in all forms. UNICEF has supported the unit in building a national database of reported child abuse cases, as well as training its staff. The unit is playing a critical role in the strengthening of child protection systems, supported by UNICEF. Emmanuel speaks to UNICEF about his work.

In Ghana, community mobilizes against malnutrition
GBULLUNG, Ghana, 1 May 2013 - When Hamdan’s face and body swelled up, his mother Ramatu did not know what was wrong with him. In this part of northern Ghana, many parents believe that symptoms of illness in their children signify a curse from the gods or punishment from ancestors. Children are taken to traditional healers for spiritual intervention, rather than for medical care.

Despite Ghana's booming economy, the poorest face challenges from malaria to child mortality
18 December, 2012, Accra – The poorest rural children are being left behind in Ghana’s booming economy, according to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) report released in November by the Ghana Statistical Service, in collaboration with UNICEF. The survey found stark gaps between the survival, health and education of children in rural areas in the north of the country compared to those who live in the Greater Accra Region.

In Ghana, everybody has a voice in post-2015 consultations
TAMALE, Ghana, 14 December 2012 – What is the greatest hope for three educated young women living in northern Ghana? Esther Agana, Angelina Anabile and Bridget Teni want a decent job.

Fragile newborns survive against the odds
TAMALE, Ghana, 7 August 2012 - Awintirim Atubisa spent the first two months of his life tied to his mother’s chest in a cloth ‘pouch’, just like a baby kangaroo. When he was born, six weeks premature, he weighed 1.3kg and was at risk of hospital-acquired infection, severe illness and respiratory tract disease.

Podcast #61: The power of youth - celebrating International Youth Day
NEW YORK, USA, 06 August 2012 – The number of young people globally has never been higher. According to the United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA), there are 1.8 billion young people in the world today. For most of them, life is not easy. About half of young people survive on less than $2 a day, millions are out of school and many more face unemployment.

Passion and Commitment Revives School in Ghana
SAMOA, Ghana, 6 August 2012: The situation at Samoa School in Ghana has been steadily declining over the years.  In 10 years, only one student had passed the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), the nation-wide final exam for Junior Secondary School.  The school recorded a 100% fail rate from 2000 to 2009.

HIV/AIDS clubs teach children to protect themselves from the disease in Ghana
TAMALE, Ghana, 27 July 2012 – The classroom is crowded – an hour before school is meant to start for the day. Students sit in each other’s laps and squeeze three to a chair. Those at the back lean against the wall or stand on chairs.

Ghana Health Service and UNICEF encourage mothers to deliver with help from skilled birth attendants
TAMALE, Ghana, 14 May 2012 – Midwife Doris Azuma Bugri was sitting on the veranda of the Moglaa clinic, in northern Ghana, when she saw a pregnant woman walk into a compound across the street.

In Ghana, a cash transfer programme seeks to help the country's poorest families
TAMALE, Ghana, 10 May 2012 – Azara Abukari once prayed she would never again have to serve her family the brew of hot water, salt and pepper that had become their standby meal.

Community health workers provide crucial health services in Ghana's remote communities
TAMALE, Ghana, 9 May 2012 – One morning about 10 years ago, Afakiba Azure’s daughter, Ndepoka, started vomiting. She did not stop for three days. On the fourth day, Ms. Azure strapped the 10-year-old girl to her back and walked 10 hours to the nearest hospital. But in spite of the nurses’ efforts, Ndepoka died.

Ghana launches vaccines against pneumonia and diarrhoea, the country's biggest child killers
ACCRA, Ghana, 27 April 2012 – Alimatu Mohammed drove for three hours on a rattling minibus to get her son treated for severe diarrhoea at a hospital this week.

'Smart salt' reduces iodine deficiency in Ghana
BOLGATANGA, Ghana, 26 January 2012 – Joseph Opoku pointed to a plastic container in the local restaurant, called a chop bar, belonging to his grandmother, Gertrude Azasim. “That is the smartest salt in Ghana,” he said.

In Ghana, accelerated, flexible learning through 'School for Life' helps children go to school
TAMPION, Ghana, 6 January 2012 – Amama Abdullai was the first girl in her family to walk into a classroom, sit at a wooden bench and learn the alphabet.

Northern Ghana remains vigilant against Guinea worm
DIARE, Ghana , 28 December 2011 – Azaratu Zakaria once limped unnoticed through the dusty lanes of her village. Now she is approached by strangers who call her an ambassador – something which she, as a woman with a disability in rural Ghana, never thought possible.

Field diary: Marsupials are model mums in Ghana
TAMALE, Ghana, 7 December 2011 – Kangaroos were the last thing I expected to be discussing with my new colleagues when I arrived in West Africa last month. When I moved from Australia to Tamale to write about UNICEF’s work there, I had braced myself for the unfamiliar – villages of squat mud huts, gritty harmattan winds and the crackled sound of the muezzin’s call to prayer.

UNICEF Executive Board focuses on equity and country programmes
NEW YORK, USA, 22 June 2011 – On the second day of its 2011 Annual Session, the UNICEF Executive Board yesterday focused on programmes delivering results for children in the field, including those who are the poorest and most marginalized worldwide.

On visit to Ghana, Executive Board members see development progress and challenges
ACCRA, Ghana, 17 May 2011 – Under the shade of a mango tree, out of the searing heat, Kubura Mahamdu bounced her healthy six-month-old daughter, Hajaru, on her knee. She recalled how, just a few weeks earlier, Hajaru began sweating as her temperature climbed. With the nearest clinic a few hours’ walk away, Ms. Mahamdu called a local volunteer health worker who had been trained by UNICEF. The health worker diagnosed and treated Hajaru’s bout of malaria.

In Ghana, young activists help combat violence against children
NEW YORK, USA, 8 October 2010 – Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women is one of the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals, a set of internationally recognized targets for reducing poverty worldwide.

Ghana strives for universal access to primary education by abolishing school fees
NEW YORK, USA, 23 September 2010 – School fees are widely recognized as a major barrier to achieving Millennium Development Goal 2 on universal access to primary education. Adams Abdulai Iddrisu is the head teacher at Zoozugu Primary School in the Tamale region of northern Ghana – one of a few countries that has abolished school fees in recent years. He spoke to UNICEF Radio about how taking away the price tag has helped many students stay in school.

Ghanaian children benefit from UNICEF 'IWASH' project
TAMALE, Ghana, 8 September 2010 – They say it takes a village to raise a child. But children themselves are equally capable of important work, as UNICEF Ghana’s new handwashing project, known as ‘IWASH,’ is proving.

Improved sanitation catches on in rural Ghana one latrine at a time
TAMALE, Ghana, 26 August 2010 – Peering through the doorway of the Chief’s hut in the village of Chirifoyili, into a courtyard littered with earthenware and ceramic cooking pots, it seems nothing has changed in this village for centuries.

UNICEF-supported child-friendly schools bring education to rural Ghana
TARIKPAA, Ghana, 17 August 2010 – Elizabeth, 12, is fighting to achieve a dream that was once also her father’s – completing an education.

Children in Ghana meet with parliamentarians about children’s rights
ACCRA, Ghana, 16 November 2009 – To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), UNICEF organized a roundtable discussion between children and parliamentarians, entitled ‘People to People – Children to Adults’, in collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs.

Digital Diarist Bernice Akuamoah reports from 'Carifesta' in Guyana
NEW YORK, USA, 16 June 2009 – After enduring centuries of colonialism, slavery, and indentured servitude, the people of Latin America and the Caribbean emerged with one of the richest blends of cultures in the world. Throughout the region, Africans, Europeans, east and south Asians, and indigenous Americans are mixing the old ways with the new, creating a dynamic incubator for artists, dancers and musicians.

Ghanaian youth radio host speaks out on gender equality
NEW YORK, USA, 20 March 2009 – The 53rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women wrapped up at UN headquarters in New York last week. Among its attendees this year was Edith Asamani, 18, a youth radio host from Ghana.

‘Curious Minds’ produce lively, award-winning youth radio in Ghana
NEW YORK, USA, 4 March 2009 – A group of 20 youths packed together in a small radio studio, crowded over a few microphones, are speaking with great intensity. They laugh often and sometimes talk over each other.

Digital Diarist reports on efforts to eradicate Guinea worm disease in Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana, 20 January 2009 – Guinea worm disease is caused by a water-borne parasite that grows and matures in people, eventually causing burning blisters on a person's extremities. Once endemic to many poor regions of the world, the parasite is now mainly found in sub-Saharan Africa.

Digital Diary: Bernice reports on the benefits of giving bikes to Ghanaian schoolgirls
NEW YORK, USA, 7 January 2009 – In much of the developing world, young girls are often left behind when it comes to their education. While sons are encouraged to attend school and strike out on their own, many daughters find that their education is of secondary importance to parents who are struggling to make ends meet.

ICDB annual award goes to Ghanaian and Chinese broadcasters
NEW YORK, USA, 11 November 2008 – Broadcasters from Ghana and the People’s Republic of China were named the winners of the 2008 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award in a ceremony held last night and attended by the regional finalists in the annual contest.

Hayley Westenra, youngest UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, visits projects in Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana, 29 September 2008 - UNICEF Ambassador Hayley Westenra visited Ghana last week to see for herself the critical need for safe water and education for some of the world’s poorest children.

UNICEF Executive Director announces $1.7 million for the fight against malaria in Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana, 3 September 2008 – During her three-day visit to Ghana this week, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman announced an additional $1.7 million in support to combat malaria in the country.

UNICEF and the European Commission work together to eradicate Guinea worm in Ghana
SAVELUGU-NANTON DISTRICT, Ghana, 7 July 2008 – Ghana is second on the list of Guinea worm endemic countries. Until recently, the Savelugu-Nanton district of northern Ghana had the highest number of reported cases of the disease, which is contracted when a person drinks water contaminated with infected larvae.

Mrs. Ban Soon-taek visits a hospital's Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre in Accra
ACCRA, Ghana, 21 May 2008 – The wife of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, visited the Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital in Accra during a trip to Ghana recently. At the hospital, she lauded the efforts of health workers providing life-saving care for malnourished children.

Door-to-door surveys access vital health-related information in Ghana
EKUMFI, Ghana, 27 March 2008 – Avoiding the oppressive heat of day, a trainee at Ghana Health Services, Antoinette Tettey, rose before dawn to travel to Ekumfi, a coastal village in south-central Ghana. Ms. Tettey, a graduate student, has been leading a team of seven people to conduct a confidential survey amongst the villagers, through which they gather vital information about the health needs of the community.

Ghanaian footballer Stephen Appiah promotes education on surprise visit to former school
ACCRA, Ghana, 13 February – Stephen Appiah, one of the best known footballers in Ghana, made a surprise visit to his former primary school to emphasise the importance of education in this West African nation.

Youth reporters promote education during the MTN Africa Cup of Nations, GHANA 2008
ACCRA, Ghana, 1 February 2008 – Edith Asamani, 17 and Stephen Iseh, 14, are two of the youth reporters based in Accra who have joined UNICEF to raise awareness of the ‘Quality Education for All Children’ campaign during the MTN Africa Cup of Nations, GHANA 2008.

Ghanaian celebrities continue to spread the message of ‘Clean Water’
ACCRA, Ghana, 10 January 2008 – To mark World Water Day in March of last year, a song called ‘Clean Water’ was recorded by two of Ghana's most popular musicians, Rocky Dawuni and Samini. Produced in collaboration with UNICEF, the song drew attention to the plight of people in need of safe drinking water.

Bernice’s Digital Diary: A Ghanaian girl’s take on London – Part 2
NEW YORK, USA, 11 December 2007 – Bernice Akuamoah, 21, lives in Accra, Ghana, where she has just started her third year at university. She was the first person to create a Digital Diary with UNICEF Radio and the Voices of Youth online community – using recording equipment supplied by UNICEF to tell her story of teenage life in Accra in a six-part series.

Bernice’s Digital Diary: A Ghanaian girl’s take on London
NEW YORK, USA, 23 November 2007 – Bernice Akuamoah, 21, lives in Accra, Ghana, where she has just started her third year at university. She was the first person to create a Digital Diary with UNICEF Radio and Voices of Youth (UNICEF’s online community for young people), using recording equipment to tell her story of teenage life in Accra in a six-part radio series.

Ghana’s children struggle in the aftermath of flooding
ACCRA, Ghana, 15 October 2007 – Akaappab Anyansa and her four young children are among the estimated 260,000 people affected by recent floods in Ghana. Luckily, she did not lose her two-room house, but she has been sharing her room with her neighbours since their house collapsed.

Footballer Marcel Desailly teaches girls in Ghana about success on and off the field
TAMALE CITY, Ghana, 26 September 2007 – Accomplished football player and Goodwill Ambassador Marcel Desailly recently visited the Northern Region of Ghana with UNICEF to encourage children, especially young girls, to play football and go to school.

In West Africa flood response, UNICEF focuses on the most vulnerable children
NEW YORK, 25 September 2007 – Four weeks of heavy flooding have taken a damaging toll on countries in West and Central Africa, with hundreds of thousands of people displaced, several hundred killed, and homes and farmland swept away.

Families struggle to survive after devastating rains in northern Ghana
TAMALE, Ghana, 24 September 2007 – Abadegsahwie holds tight to her children these days. She nearly lost her whole family last month when devastating rains flooded parts of the Ghana's Northern Region, killing at least 30 people.

Japan supports promotion of bednets to prevent malaria in Ghana
GUOMONGO VILLAGE, Ghana, 10 September 2007 – Malaria remains the largest single killer of children in Ghana, taking a toll of approximately 20,000 child deaths every year. One in every four deaths of Ghanaian children under the age of five is due to the mosquito-borne disease.

Goodwill Ambassador Marcel Desailly encourages children in Ghana to go to school
SAVELUGU/NANTON DISTRICT, Ghana, 5 September 2007 – UNICEF Ghana recently designated their very first Goodwill Ambassador: accomplished football player Marcel Desailly.

The path to success: Bicycles help girls in rural Ghana get to school
ACCRA, Ghana, 9 August 2007 One after another, girls on distinctive blue bicycles arrive at Savelugu Junior Secondary School near Tamale, provincial capital of the Northern Region. Some 6,000 girls in northern Ghana have received the bicycles over the past three years. In rural areas, this simple means of transport is giving them the opportunity to get an education.

UNICEF and European Commission support Guinea worm eradication in Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana, 15 June 2007 – At a Guinea worm containment centre in Savelugu, northern Ghana, Assana Mohammed, 10, cries out in pain. Her eyes are shut and she cannot help but try to remove the health worker’s hand from her wound. Little by little, he is extracting a long white Guinea worm from her ankle.

‘Clean Water’ song hits Ghana’s airwaves on World Water Day
GBURIMANI, Ghana, 22 March 2007 – In a fitting contribution to World Water Day – designed to draw attention to the water crisis affecting children and families across the globe – two of Ghana’s most popular musicians have released ‘Clean Water’, a brand new track that urges communities to consume safe water.

Child exploitation and Guinea worm result from lack of safe water in Ghana
ACCRA, Ghana, 14 March 2007 – Savelugu, a small town in the Savelugu-Nanton District of Ghana’s Northern Region, used to enjoy a regular supply of clean water – before the water system was no longer able to meet the needs of a growing population.

Tennis ace Serena Williams supports Ghana’s biggest health campaign
NUNGUA-ZONGO, Ghana, 6 November 2006 – For families across Ghana, yesterday was the day to get their young children immunized against deadly childhood diseases, boost their immunity against illness and receive free mosquito nets to help prevent malaria. It was the conclusion of the country’s week-long national integrated child health campaign, the largest such effort in Ghana to date.

Mothers’ music and lyrics help save children’s lives in Ghana
AKUKA, Ghana, 23 October 2006 – In Akuka, a small farming community in the Upper East Region of Ghana, music produced by a mothers’ club is making a tremendous difference in saving children’s lives from common childhood diseases.

Miss Ghana joins hands with UNICEF to advance child health and nutrition
GHANA, 2 October 2006 – I was elected Ghana’s beauty queen last year, but long before that moment, I knew that being Miss Ghana would be far more than just a title for me. The honour and privilege of winning the contest put me in a unique position to spend my time in service to others.

Japan donates $16 million to help prevent childhood diseases in four African nations
NEW YORK, USA, 4 August 2006 – The Government of Japan has announced a nearly $16 million donation to UNICEF, to help reduce child mortality and achieve Millennium Development Goals in four African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria and Sudan.

UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman visits successful child survival programme during mission to Ghana
AKUKA, Ghana, 27 July 2006 – UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman is currently on an official three-day mission to Ghana. Together with Mali, Benin and Senegal, Ghana is one of the four pilot countries where the Accelerated Child Survival and Development Strategy (ACSD) has been in place since 2001.

UNICEF Digital Diary: Berenice’s story from Ghana, part one of a six-part radio series
ACCRA, Ghana, 16 January 2006 – Berenice Akuamoah used a mini-disc recorder and microphone to document her life in a six-part series for UNICEF Radio and Voices of Youth. Berenice is a very unusual 18-year-old young woman who hopes to become a lawyer, a sociologist, a political scientist and a journalist. “As you can see,” she says, “I am a young woman with many aspirations for my life.”

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and singing sensation Hayley Westenra visits Ghana
NEW YORK CITY, 11 April 2005 – UNICEF’s youngest Goodwill Ambassador, New Zealand ‘s 17-year-old singing sensation Hayley Westenra, has just completed a visit to Ghana to get a first-hand look at UNICEF-supported projects in child protection, education, and sanitation. While in Ghana, Ms. Westenra also launched her own UNICEF-sponsored fundraising project, aiming to provide girls with bicycles so that they can attend school.




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