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Removing user fees does not improve health outcomes in Ghana

Removing user fees for primary health care changed health utilization behaviour but did not improve health outcomes among households with children under the age of five in Ghana, says a new study published in the open access journal PLoS Medicine. Evelyn Ansah and colleagues from the London School of Hygiene …

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Sunday Monitor: An African Opposition rigs a gov’t out of power!

Ghana can be quite an interesting country. It pioneered independence in 1958 then followed that closely with pioneering coups by overthrowing its independence leader Kwame Nkuruma and now to becoming the first country on the continent where a ruling party has publicly admitted that an election it organised was stolen …

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Reduce petroleum prices now

It is rather standing economic logic on its head when the federal government claimed that it is not going to reduce petroleum prices despite the collapse of crude oil price vis-a-vis petroleum products because according to its argument, petroleum prices are regulated and not deregulated. It is only Nigeria’s ruling …

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Advertising in Ghana: The good, the bad and the ugly

It is the season of selling and buying. With so many brand choices in the areas of toys, food, drinks, clothes, shoes, electricals and many more, it has long become the buyers’ market. Importers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers are all busy fighting for the consumer’s purse, some through convincing …

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Pension savers, sit tight

If you want a happy, worry-free Christmas then as well as the usual injunctions about not raking up past familial misdemeanours over Christmas dinner, you should probably also avoid looking at your pension fund statement. The average balanced managed fund is showing a loss of just under 24% in the …

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Drug dealers threaten Ghana’s democracy

Ghanaians go to the polls Sunday December 28, 2008 to vote in a presidential run-off but many fear that the amount of cocaine trafficked through the country threatens to overshadow the result and the country’s democracy. Ghana is said to be the staging post of the cocaine route from South …

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A look at Nigeria’s economy: Production, growth targeting

With every conviction, our respected Central Bank monetary policy egg-heads are hell-bent on adopting inflation targeting, a monetary mechanism that is applicable for nations with functioning or incipient productive base such as South Africa and Ghana or with industrial base such as Europe, Asia and United States but which may …

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Ghana’s election as redemption for West Africa

When Ghana’s next President emerges whoever he is he will have earned the right to consider himself the representative of hope for the growth of genuine democracy throughout the West African sub-region. Apart from the circumspect and efficient manner in which most observers report that the first polls were conducted …

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World leaders reward Wall Street and fail children out of school

The 8th High Level Group meeting on Education for All concluded in Oslo, Norway last week. This much expected Oslo meeting touted to be the turning point in ascertaining education through mobilizing high amount of political will and resource commitment has once again failed the worlds hard to reach children. …

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Mining gold in Ghana: Timing is everything

Ask Douglas MacQuarrie about timing and he’ll point to his stock price. While all of the Juniors have suffered with the sub-prime mortgage meltdown and the subsequent liquidity crisis, PMI Gold was hit particularly hard. Focused on the mining-friendly and resource rich sub-Sahara country of Ghana, PMI Gold Corp was …

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