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Babies on alcohol

Doreen, 20, sits quietly with tiny beads of sweat quivering near her hairline. It’s hot in the doctor’s office – she has come to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, to speak with Dr Ebenezer Badoe. Dr Badoe, a paediatric neurologist at the Hospital’s Child Health Department, asked:    “How are …

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The worrying trend of fibroid in Ghana

The records are frightening, but it is true that three to five cases of fibroid are operated daily at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital alone. It is also a fact that out of every three women in the country, one has fibroid, but despite these chilling records, there is less information …

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Five years of resettlement; Bui residents tell their story

Barely five years ago the Bui Power Authority (BPA), managers of the Bui hydro-electric dam in the Banda District of Brong-Ahafo Region resettled a total population of 1,216 fisher folks. They live at the shoulders of the 400 megawatts power generation dam. In all seven villages including the Bui Camp, …

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A child with cerebral palsy has possibilities in life

I had an opportunity to talk to a pastor of a well-known church in Ghana about cerebral palsy (CP), as part of an advocacy and awareness creation project I am working on. The pastor whose church is known for organising charity for people with disability, including free medical screening for …

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How realistic is agricultural modernisation in Ghana?

Agriculture is the bedrock of any meaningful national industrialisation effort, and engages more than 60 per cent of Ghana’s working population. Therefore, the incalculable importance of agriculture in Ghana cannot be overemphasized, because agriculture provides the very survival needs of Ghanaians and contributes substantially to the Gross Domestic Product. The …

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Is the media an oxymoron for governance? (Part 2)

Accountability drifts from the notion of good governance, which is premised on the expectation that office holders will demonstrate behaviours and attitudes that are in conformity with the principles of transparency, efficiency, and integrity. Because accountability is in one breath related to the justification of decisions and actions, public officials …

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China’s Silk Road: The World’s New Economic Paradigm

Does ‘Brexit’ signal the end of Globalisation as some pessimists seem to suggest today? Definitely not, but it certainly poses a significant threat – and most certainly provides a puzzle for students of Complexity in International Relations too. That development, together with the weak recovery of the global economy, terrorism, …

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Trotro horror

It jiggled and we jiggled along, it sang screeching dirges and we blocked our ears each drenched in his or her own thoughts. The seat bumped against our butts yet we ignored it. A few complained but the god of the wheel blurted out a long profile of the vehicle …

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Is the media an oxymoron for governance?

The recent brouhaha surrounding the media in public discourse in Ghana has led to numerous proposals on the functionality of the mass media in the coming elections and on governance in general. Yet democracy as the dominant ideology of modern political life (Fukuyama, 1989) is about citizens’ right to choose …

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How to become a meteorologist in Ghana

“My friend’s daughter wants to become a meteorologist. Do you know what courses she can offer at the Senior High School? Which University can she attend and what kind of courses can she do?” Mom asked. I stood at the entrance of the kitchen looking at her as if I …

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