News & Analysis: Ghana

COVID-19 in Africa: Youth at the Fore

“Young volunteers leading COVID-19 campaigns are connecting with and engaging local leaders—women’s groups, teachers, priests, imams, village heads, healers, and elders—in their communities. Together they are devising microsolutions needed to isolate patients, care for the ill, implement social distancing within existing conditions, and support families in distress.”

via African Arguments

In Ghana, fears over pandemic rise in teenage pregnancies

“Activists estimate that nearly one woman in seven in the country becomes pregnant before the age of 19. And, they say, anecdotal evidence suggests the numbers soared last year after the authorities closed schools to help curb the spread of COVID-19.”

via AFP

Sir Paul Collier: Rethinking Roles and Responsibilities for Africa’s Economic Recovery

Oxford Professor, Sir Paul Collier, discusses the macroeconomic shocks suffered by African economies and the approach needed to accelerate the recovery.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Zipline begins world’s first ever drone delivery of covid-19 vaccines in Ghana

“Nearly half of Ghana’s population lives outside of cities, and those 12 million people are difficult to reach with time-limited, cold chain-dependent vaccines. Zipline’s network provides Ghana with a resilient, efficient and equitable distribution strategy.”

via BFT Online

Ghana kicks off COVID-19 vaccination campaign

“Ghana on Monday kicked off a COVID-19 vaccination campaign with vaccines from the COVAX initiative. Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia, and their spouses took the first doses in the West African country.”

via Anadolu Agency

Ghana receives world’s first doses of free Covax vaccines

“Ghana on Wednesday became the first country to receive vaccines from Covax, a global scheme to procure and distribute Covid inoculations for free for poorer countries.”

via The East African

Ghana becomes recipient of historic first shipment of COVAX vaccines

“After a year of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 80,700 Ghanaians getting infected with the virus and over 580 lost lives, the path to recovery for the people of Ghana can finally begin.”

via WHO Africa

Interview: Yawa Hansen-Quao on Strengthening Public Service and Civil Society to Build Back Better

Yawa Hansen-Quao, Executive Director of Emerging Public Leaders, discusses the importance of strengthening Africa’s public service and of increasing intra-African collaboration for a stronger post-pandemic recovery.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

‘COVID-19 has taught us to prioritise local production’ (Ghana)

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought devastating impacts on the economy and the health infrastructure, a key lesson the disease has taught is the need to prioritise local production and consumption, the Ashanti Region Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, has said.”

via BFT Online

Green Recovery and Green Jobs in Africa: The Case of Ghana

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an opportunity for the government of Ghana to shift from natural resource-based development to socially inclusive and sustainable environmental development.”

via SAIIA