<![CDATA[Charity.Ghana-Net.com - Charity Blog]]>Wed, 23 Aug 2017 02:55:34 -0100Weebly<![CDATA[44% of children infected with malaria]]>Tue, 16 Aug 2016 15:04:07 GMThttp://charity.ghana-net.com/1/post/2016/08/44-of-children-infected-with-malaria.htmlA Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) cited by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has reported at least 44% of children between 6 and 59 months in the Upper East region as carrying disturbing loads of malaria parasites in their bloodstreams.
An anti-malaria mass immunisation exercise is expected to begin Monday August 15, this year, throughout the region in what is known as the Seasonal Malaria Chemo (SMC) prevention to help reduce the burden of the disease in children below 5 years. And the first phase, which has been scheduled to come to a close this Saturday, is targeting children who fall between the ages of 3 and 59 months.

“This exercise falls under the general country’s strategy of reducing the burden of malaria in children under five [years] who are part of vulnerable population. The benefit of investing in these children is enormous, which includes actually getting them healthy, contributing to households’ productivity and also making savings when the disease is prevented,” the Upper East Regional Director of Health, Dr. Kofi Issah, told journalists at the close of a stakeholders’ meeting held in Bolgatanga, the regional capital, to herald the exercise.

He added: “These months are the highest transmission season. Definitely, if they take this drug, they are able to have enough concentration of the drug in their bloodstreams to fight the malaria parasites. This exercise will be starting on the 15th of August and it would be given again a month later, so we have four rounds and this covers the transmission season for malaria in this region.”

It is a door-to-door outreach 

Volunteers from the health sector have been engaged to move from house to house to instruct parents or caregivers as to how to administer two anti-malaria medicines called Sulfadoxine Pyrimethamine and Amodiaquine.

“We would be using one drug called Sulfadoxine Pyrimethamine. Let’s call it SP for short. And then, we would be using Amodiaquine. We would use the two drugs on the first day. Then, the subsequent days, we would be using the Amodiaquine. So, it is for three days. And definitely, the dosages for the children from 3 months to 11 months would be different from those who are from 12 months to 59 months.

“The volunteers and the health staff would, during these periods, educate not only the mothers at the clinics but also come to the house to educate people on how these things should be given. We know some of the children would vomit these tablets out but they would need to be given. Or some of these children would miss this round. It doesn’t mean that in the next round, they shouldn’t take the drugs. They would have to take the drug,” Dr. Issah explained.

Possible side effects may include diarrhea 

The directorate has hinted at the possibility of side effects showing in some children after the medicines have been administered. Households, the directorate advised, are not to panic but to report at the nearest health facility if any side effect occurs.

“Normally, with every drug there would be some side effects. And some of these side effects might include rashes on the body or diarrhoea. Or if the mother notices something abnormal in the child, the mother, the household, everybody should report. Our intention is to do good, but in any human endeavour, there are normally some mishaps. Even if the mishap is one in a million, we should prepare for that one case,” the Regional Director recommended.

A number of children who have travelled out of the region for holidays and as a result may miss the first round would have the opportunity to be immunised when they return. The exercise is a four-month campaign, stretching from August to November with over 200,000 children expected to be covered within the period. Meanwhile, the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council has assured the directorate of its support to ensure a successful exercise.

Government has made available Gh¢1,622,020 for the exercise in the region where the burden of the disease in the area is said to be incomparable to what obtains in the other parts of the country.

“The burden of malaria due to research or a survey has found out 44% of our children 6 to 59 months of age, when they were tested for parasites were found to have malaria parasites in their bloodstreams compared to far, far lower in some of the other regions in the country. We are not saying that other regions don’t have malaria but then where the burden is highest that is where I think Ghana Health Service and the Government of Ghana would actually target these resources. If they reduce the burden, it’s actually going to benefit the whole country,” Dr. Kofi Issah stated.
<![CDATA[Akua Gaddafi supports community]]>Sat, 13 Aug 2016 15:11:40 GMThttp://charity.ghana-net.com/1/post/2016/08/akua-gaddafi-supports-community.htmlGhana’s fast rising female biker, Akua Gaddafi and her husband, Mr John Soumare, have donated items to residents of Anapansu, a small community in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region.

The items included 1,500 books for the Anapansu Primary School, a cash donation of GH¢ 2,200 for the registration of 200 children into the National Health Insurance Scheme and other items including bed sheets, soap, sugar, milo, milk to the aged and elderly in the community.
According to her, the donation was to complement the efforts of the Christ’s Ambassadors for Nation, a community-based non-governmental organisation at Anapansu which had over the years helped residents in the area.

A member of the Biker’s Ghana, Sam Bamford, and the International Needs Ghana also donated GH¢100 and books, respectively to support the community.

Handing over the items, Akua Gaddafi, whose real name is LCpl Bernina Okoh-Akrofi of the Very Very Important Person Unit (VVIPU) of the Ghana Police Service, noted that she wanted to use her passion for biking to create a better society through being an inspiration for the poor and needy in society.

The first female biker to ride across four West Africa countries in a day said she believed in the maxim that ‘givers never lack’ and has over the years done charity works in Ghana, as well as Côte d’Ivoire.

Receiving the items on behalf of the community, the Chief of Anapansu, Nana Kwesi Essel, commended Akua Gaddafi and her partners for the kind gesture, describing it as timely.

He said Prof. Attah Mill’s administration started a classroom block for the community but the contractor abandoned the project half way for reasons unknown to members of the community.

He appealed to the government to iron out whatever grievances that was stalling the work so that the contractor could resume work. 

The Founder of Christ’s Ambassadors for Nation, Mr and Mrs Christopher Amenyinyor, said they had for the past five years helped the community through their charity foundation and thanked Akua Gaddafi and her husband for the support.
* Source: Daily Graphic Ghana
<![CDATA[Ghacem supports 4,263 communities]]>Wed, 03 Aug 2016 15:09:14 GMThttp://charity.ghana-net.com/1/post/2016/08/ghacem-supports-4263-communities.htmlAbout 4,263 communities have benefitted from the Ghacem Cement Foundation (GCF) support since its inception in 2002, Nana Prah Agyensaim VI, the Chairman of the foundation has said.

Nana Agyensaim, who was speaking at the GCF northern sector awards ceremony in Kumasi, said for 14 years now, the foundation had distributed free cement to some health and educational institutions in the country to support them in their infrastructure development.
“From 2002 to date, a total of 420,000 bags of cement at a cost of GH¢13.4 million has been donated free of charge to qualified schools and hospitals in Ghana, he indicated.

One hundred and sixty eight schools and hospitals in the northern sector of the country which includes the Upper East, Upper West, Northern, Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions received a total of 16,750 bags of cement at a cost of about GH¢536,000 at the event.

The southern sector, which includes the Greater Accra, Volta, Central, Western and Eastern regions also received a total of 12,930 bags valued at GH¢ 450,000 at a similar event held a fortnight ago in Koforidua.

Agyensaim said Nana Prah, the initiative demonstrated Ghacem’s commitment to supporting development in the country. “As a good corporate citizen, Ghacem does not only ensure that it pays taxes and dividend to the government but we equally support its development agenda.”

Dr George Dawson-Ahmoah, the Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director of Ghacem, said Ghacem would continue to sustain the programme since it was bent on supporting health and educational institutions in deprived areas of the country.

“This effort can only be sustained if the government continued to support local industries from unfair trade practices, especially the importation of foreign cement brands,” he stated. 

Nana Philip Archer, the Commercial Director of Ghacem, said the company’s new product – Ghacem Super Strong (42.5r), was tailored to meet the demands of developers in the precast business such as block makers and concrete manufacturers.

“For those who do not know, you cannot use one type of cement to construct all manner of projects. As such, using the right type of cement will avert calamities; and this has informed the company’s decision to introduce the Super Strong which guarantees extra strength, maturity and sets faster.” The commercial director cautioned the public to avoid buying inferior cement products. He said some of the cement on the market had exceeded 90 days which meant they had expired.
* Source: Daily Graphic Ghana
<![CDATA[Veep donates ram, 2 bags of rice to Wa School for the Blind]]>Sun, 10 Apr 2016 11:24:36 GMThttp://charity.ghana-net.com/1/post/2016/04/veep-donates-ram-2-bags-of-rice-to-wa-school-for-the-blind.htmlMaster Fabia Sotenga, Senior Prefect of the Wa Methodist School for the Blind, has expressed appreciation to Vice President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur for donating a ram and two bags of rice to the school. He said providing food and other logistics to students of the school motivated them to study. The Senior Prefect further appealed to benevolent organisations and individuals to come to their aid and support them with their basic needs.
“Hunger is an enemy, we cannot study without food. When we are satisfied, we are motivated to learn hard and we need this support to enable us to accomplish our aims,” he said. 

Mr Issahaku Nuhu Putiah, the Wa Municipal Chief Executive, presented the items to the school on behalf of the Vice President. He said the Vice President was in the Upper West Region recently to inaugurate 64 Community Based Health Planning and Service CHPS Compounds but was pressed for time and could not come to the school to donate the items. Madam Grace Amoako, the Headmistress of the School, thanked the Vice President for showing concern for the students. 

Meanwhile, the Assembly Hall of the school which got burnt in 2012, had not seen any rehabilitation works hence part of the Dining Hall had been turned into an assembly hall which is causing congestion.  Source: Citi FM Ghana
<![CDATA[Only 250 out of over 1000 children are in school in Accra town]]>Tue, 15 Mar 2016 12:18:07 GMThttp://charity.ghana-net.com/1/post/2016/03/only-250-out-of-over-1000-children-are-in-school-in-accra-town.htmlApproximately 75 percent of children in Accra Town, an island community close to Yeji in the Brong-Ahafo Region are not enrolled in school or getting proper education due the persistence of child labour.

Of the more than1,000 children of school going age in the island, only 250 of them are enrolled in school, Communications Manager of Challenging Heights, Ms Pomaa Arthur, has revealed.
Children of school going age are often found engaging in fishing with their parents or guardians on the Lake Volta during school hours resulting in lateness or total absenteeism at the only educational centre in the community - Accra Town D/A Primary School.

This came to light when Challenging Heights (CH); a Non-Governmental Organisation based in Winneba, visited the coastal community with members of its Ambassadors Programme. The visit was to expose the ambassadors to the humanitarian and philanthropic activities of the organisation.

It also provided an opportunity for the Ambassadors to interact with the schoolchildren, teachers and residents of the community.

The group of seven from the United States of America, for a period of two-weeks, will familiarise themselves with the four core programmes - education, recovery and rescue of trafficked children, livelihood and advocacy - of Challenging Heights, Ms Arthur said although the scale of child trafficking and hazardous labour amongst children in the area had declined significantly since Challenging Heights started working with the community, there still remains a lot more work to be done.

“Challenging Heights has since 2005 rescued over 1,500 children from the Lake Volta and has provided shelter for over 1,000 survivors,” she added.

Ms Arthur said Challenging Heights would work closely with its partners to bring an end to child labour in the coastal communities.

The Headmaster of Accra Town D/A Primary School, Mr Wisdom Tsamenyi, said one of the major problems confronting the school was the issue of pupil absenteeism and lateness.

He said that often, families in the community had very little interest in their children's education as compared to their help with fishing and mending of nets on the Lake.

“Sometimes, I have to go round the community on my motorbike appealing to parents and guardians to release their wards to come to school. Some of them yield to my request and allow the children to come to school for a period. Others release their children after their fishing is done and some do not come to school at all,” he added.

Mr Tsamenyi noted that children were frequently late in coming to school and due to the nature of work they do, they mostly report to school very tired as a result, noting “These pupils habitually sleep during lessons and immediately ran back home during break-time.”

He further explained that the pupils, after completing their primary school, have to relocate to the Yeji township to continue with their junior high education, adding that, the situation discourage them from starting school since it is unlikely that they will carry on with the learning process.

Speaking about the unavailability of accommodation for teachers, Mr Tsamenyi explained that housing problems deterred most teachers who have been posted to the community from coming to teach.

“The conditions of service in this vicinity are very poor. Accommodation is not provided for us and this is coupled with inaccessibility to potable drinking water. Even here in the school, students have to walk three kilometres to and fro each day to fetch drinking water from the lake, which is our only source of water,” he lamented.

Mr Tsamenyi was however, grateful to Challenging Heights for facilitating the construction of the primary school for Accra Town and supporting the school with shoes for the pupils as well as teaching and learning materials.

Chairman of Friends of Challenging Heights USA, Mr Mark Hamilton, they have been inspired more to raise funds to help stop child trafficking in Ghana, improve education and strengthen communities to economically empower themselves and resist trafficking.

“We have been to the CH’s Hovde House Shelter in Central Region where we met some survivors of child trafficking and saw for ourselves how Challenging Heights is working with them to reintegrate them into society. Now we are here in Yeji, and judging by the number of children we saw working on the lake, it’s obvious that more needs to be done to end child slavery in Ghana,” he said.

The Recovery and Community Engagement Manager of Challenging Heights, Stephen Addo, urged the government, corporate institutions and individuals to join forces with CH to end child trafficking in Ghana
<![CDATA[Yendi Hospital receives $140,000 medical equipment]]>Sun, 03 Jan 2016 17:47:38 GMThttp://charity.ghana-net.com/1/post/2016/01/yendi-hospital-receives-140000-medical-equipment.htmlSource: GNA - A medical team from Missouri in the United States, in collaboration with Ghana Baptist Convention Churches (GBC) in Yendi in the Northern Region, has donated $140,000 worth of drugs to Yendi Municipal Hospital.

The donation was done in partnership with Care for Ghana, a non-governmental organisation.

Some of the equipment include, large quantity of anesthesia machines, catheters and supplies, clip appliers and non sterile, stethoscope, examination tables, tillers, sterile gowns, blades with handles, boxes of gloves, surgical and boxes of masks.
Reverend Emmanuel Kwabena Mustapha, Baptist Missionary incharge in North Eastern Mission Field, who presented the equipment on behalf of the team to the Hospital, said GBC in partnership with Care for Ghana has mobilised a team of 44 doctors and nurses for an outreach programme in the hospital.

He said the American surgeons and gynaecologists would be in the hospital to render specialist services in the area of surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology.

Rev Mustapha said other cases to be handled include hernia, thyroid, soft, tissue masses, hysterectomy, breast masses and bowel surgery.

Dr Ayuba Abdulai, Municipal Medical Superintendent, expressed satisfaction for the donation, which included the much needed incubators.

He said this was not the first time the medical team had visited the hospital and expressed the hope that others would emulate their example.

Alhaji Issah Zakaria Municipal Chief Executive lauded the GBC for its development assistance to the municipality.

Kumpakuya Na Yakubu Abdulai Andani, Regent of Dagbon in a speech read on his behalf thanked the team of doctors include Dr Jonathan Limpert, Surgeon, Dr Patricia Limpert, Surgeon, Dr Carlton Gynaecologist and Dr James Cassat.
<![CDATA[Gender Ministry sets up Child Support Unit]]>Sun, 03 Jan 2016 17:46:15 GMThttp://charity.ghana-net.com/1/post/2016/01/gender-ministry-sets-up-child-support-unit.htmlSource: GNA - The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection is to set up a Child Support Unit (CSU) to alleviate the challenges that caregivers and children face in ensuring compliance with enforcement orders.
Ghana in July 2015 launched the Child and Family Welfare Policy (CfWP) which recognises that a child is an integral part of the family, and as such, a child’s welfare cannot be separated from that of the family.

Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Gender Children and Social Protection, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that a CSU position paper on best practice models has been prepared.

“This Policy is concerned with both the formal component of Child and Family Welfare services governed by laws, policies and regulations and delivered by state institutions and the informal based on community and traditional processes and resources,” she said.

The Gender Minister explained the Policy heralds a reformed child protection system in Ghana, which would both address and prevent harm to children, and has at its foundations the positive traditional values, principles and protective practices inherent in Ghanaian culture.

She said the overall goal of the CfWP is to establish an effective child and family welfare system.

She said the Gender Ministry is working on child and family welfare programmes and activities to more effectively prevent and protect children from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

“We also seek to ensure effective coordination of the child and family welfare system at all levels and to empower children and families to better understand abusive situations and make choices to prevent and respond to situations of risk,” she said.

Nana Oye Lithur said the Gender Ministry; through its Justice for Children Policy which is also nearing completion has drafted Adoption and Foster Care Regulations and also established a Central Adoption Authority.

The Instrument for the Ratification of the Hague Convention on Inter-Country Adoption has been laid before Parliament.

On Children's Rights Promotion, Protection and Development for 2016, the Gender Minister said the Ministry would continue with the nationwide outreaches to implement the National Child and Family Welfare Policy.

It would also seek Cabinet approval for the Justice for Children Policy and its Implementation plan; and continue to promote and advocate the rights of children by creating public awareness in communities and among stakeholders.

“The Ministry would seek for support to develop Children’s parks and open spaces, improve the physical and psychological health, strengthen socialisation, and generally make the cities and neighbourhoods more attractive places to live and work.

Incidentally, there are few amusement parks in Ghana and as a result only a privileged few of children are able to enjoy these benefits.”

She said improving facilities at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in particular would be one of the biggest priorities of the Gender Ministry this year.

She said UT Ghana has been brought on board and the Ministry of Tourism has also been contacted to partner the Gender Ministry to transform the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra into a public green space that would serve as not only an amusement park but a tourism facility as well.

Nana Oye Lithur said in view of this, the Gender Ministry is determined to seek all possibilities to enhance leisure and recreational facilities for children. 

The Gender Ministry is also taking advantage of the Public Private Partnership initiative to bring other private partners on board.

In 2015, the Ministry provided shelter and care for 800 orphans, trained 1,406 caregivers in all regions, assisted in reuniting 2,234 children in orphanages with their families and closed down 62 orphanages that did not meet required operational standards.

The Ministry successfully prosecuted one orphanage in the Eastern Region for operating after it was closed down.

Nana Oye Lithur said a committee has been inaugurated to implement recommendations by a technical committee, which investigated the Countryside Orphanage at Bawjiase in the Central Region after an Anas Aremeyaw Anas Expose.

She said 11 of the children who were given shelter in another orphanage are in school. Students of the school who went back to write the Basic Education Certificate Examination are being reunited with their families.

The Gender Minister in 2015 submitted and defended Ghana’s 3rd, 4th and 5th Consolidated Report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Whilst UNICEF has assisted the Ministry to produce 2000 copies of a combined report which consolidates the 3rd 4th & 5th Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the List of Issues raised by the UNCRC of the Main Report, and the Concluding Observations of the UNCRC.

Nana Oye Lithur said the Gender Ministry has cleared all outstanding reports with the African Committee of Experts on the African Charter on Rights and Welfare of the Child, through the submission of Ghana’s Initial and second Report.

Discussions are on-going with UNICEF for the establishment of a web based database at the Department of Children to manage child protection information.

In the interim, Nana Oye Lithur said; “we have improved our database on children through the development of a Data Gallery, an extract of relevant child protection data from all child-focused sectors for purposes of improving data and information on children for effective planning and programming for the welfare of children”.

She said a new National Executive Committee of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) has been inaugurated and is fully operational to effectively provide the relevant technical expertise in sectors towards the implementation of the ECCD Policy.

Nana Oye Lithur said the Gender Ministry would continue to implement pragmatic policies and programmes in the interest of children in Ghana.
<![CDATA[Apostolic Women donate to the deaf]]>Sun, 03 Jan 2016 17:42:46 GMThttp://charity.ghana-net.com/1/post/2016/01/apostolic-women-donate-to-the-deaf.htmlSource: GNA - The Sekondi-Takoradi Area Women’s Movement of the Apostolic Church, Ghana has donated various food items, detergents, clothing and toiletries for the upkeep of the inmates of the School of the Deaf at Inchaban, near Sekondi.
The GHC6, 500.00 worth of items, included 10 maxi bags of rice, used clothing and shoes, six maxi bags of gari, quantities of rubber slippers, bags of sachet water, soap and vegetables.

Making the presentation, Deaconess Mrs Paulina Afedzi, Executive Member of the Movement said children are the gift of God therefore those found in unfortunate condition need not be neglected.

She entreated parents and guardians of children with disabilities not to abandon them but rather train them to gain trades and become useful adults so that they do not become liabilities because of their plight.

Receiving the items, Mr Kofi Oti Frimpong, Headmaster described the donation as the biggest since he headed the school.

He said the school depends largely on donations from churches, non- governmental organisations and philanthropists to cater for the 351 students as financial and material support from the Ghana Education Service is irregular.

According to Mr Frimpong the school, established in 1971 and started with 17 students has never seen renovation thus leaving big cracks in the walls of the dormitories which is gradually become death traps.

To prevent disaster the headmaster appealed to benevolent societies to support the school, which presently has 36 teaching and 34 non-teaching staff.
<![CDATA[Welfare of street children is a concern - Minister]]>Thu, 24 Dec 2015 20:25:27 GMThttp://charity.ghana-net.com/1/post/2015/12/welfare-of-street-children-is-a-concern-minister.htmlSource: GNA - Nana Oye Lithur, Minister, Gender, Children and Social Protection, has said a social protection package for street children in the country would soon be introduced.

The package, likely to be “cash transfer” under the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme, is expected to help improve the situation amongst street children.
Nana Lithur said this when addressing a LEAP review meeting in Ho.

The event was on the theme: “LEAP –Building a strong resilient cash transfer system”.

She said there were different categories of people in the street with some being “very vulnerable” and “critically” needing social protection interventions.

She said apart from a possible cash transfer package, children in the street would be provided with employable skills.

Nana Lithur said LEAP, in the past three years integrated the extremely poor into the mainstream economic, social, and political activities and commended staff of the Ministry for their efforts.

She said in August this year, 100,000 more people had been added to the programme bringing the number of beneficiaries to 144,980 beneficiary households in 188 districts in the country.

Included in this group, are pregnant women and children less than two years, from extreme poor and vulnerable homes in parts of the Northern regions, she said.

Nana Lithur said in 2016 the Programme would be further expanded and be driven by e-payment services through the Ghana Inter-bank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) to beneficiaries.
<![CDATA[NGO to screen Cape Coast residents on blood groups]]>Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:01:02 GMThttp://charity.ghana-net.com/1/post/2015/11/ngo-to-screen-cape-coast-residents-on-blood-groups.htmlBlood and Genotype Foundation, a non-governmental-organisation based in Accra would on Saturday December 5, launch a blood screening programme free-of-charge for the residents of Cape Coast and its environs to know their blood type.
The Founder and project coordinator, Mr Stephen Sateckla, said the launch is to pave the way for the organisation to roll out series of programmes lined up to create public awareness on blood types and help them to know the diet suitable for their blood group.

In an interview with the GNA, Mr Sateckla observed that knowing one’s blood group and genotype is very vital in combating many chronic diseases and urged the public to avail themselves for the screening which would be preceded by a health walk.

Explaining further, Mr Sateckla said the event has become necessary in the face of the upsurge of chronic non communicable diseases such as cancer, hypertension, heart diseases and osteoporosis in the country adding that empowering people on health issues is non-negotiable.

“Many chronic diseases in the country are basically diet related,” he revealed and expressed the need for Ghanaians to take issues about healthy lifestyles very serious.

On the various blood groups, he said research had established that people with blood group ‘A’ are attracted to the greens and are therefore farmers or environmentalists and blood ‘B’ are animal friendly whilst ‘AB’ are friendly, accommodating and loving.

Mr Sateckla described people of blood group ‘O’ as warriors and strongest among the blood groups saying they are also charitable.

All, Ghanaians, he stated must know their groups and genotypes as well as the fruits and diet suitable to enhance or boost their health and adhere to them for healthy living. - Source: GNA