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Merck Foundation CEO, Dr Rasha Kelej speaks about activities in healthcare in Africa

Dr Rasha Kelej, you are the CEO of Merck Foundation, can you start by introducing the Foundation to us? Merck Foundation is the Philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany. It is a non-profit organization that aims to improve health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily …

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Moving lifestyle diseases to the front burner will save lives

A few years ago, some group of experts projected and warned of steep rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs), especially in developing countries, saying there is the need to rein in these diseases due to the economic and public health cost, and also the debilitating effects of these conditions on individuals …

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When Ghana and Ivory Coast produce over 60% of global cocoa but earn about $8b of $100b chocolate business

Only yesterday December 7, 2018, Ghana celebrated a national holiday in honour of its farmers. The first Friday of December is a statutory holiday recognizing the country’s farmers. Agriculture is a major part of the country’s economy, contributing at least some 25 per cent to GDP and offering employment to …

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Fall from grace to grass: Kwesi Nyantakyi’s story so far

The downfall of Kwesi Nyantakyi is all but complete, after he was banned from football for life by world football governing body, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA). The Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee of FIFA banned Nyantakyi for life from all football-related activities at both national …

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Tackling the learning crisis in Ghana’s education system

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world,” said South Africa’s first black President, Nelson Mandela. Truly, nobody can disagree with Nelson Mandela, on this. Education, without doubt, has the unmatched power to foster social and economic prosperity – both at the individual and national …

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Africa’s malaria problems: bottomless pit for funds?

The world’s first successful malaria vaccine is expected to be used across the globe, but before this, preparations have begun this year for young children in Ghana, Malawi and Kenya to be immunised first with the vaccine in selected areas under a pilot Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme (MVIP) for further …

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NCA’s new 4G move: a fix or more mess?

The National Communications Authority (NCA) is finally taking steps to ensure that at least each telecoms company gets to come into the 4G space after years of resisting attempts by broadband players and companies to partner for the purpose. As a first step, the NCA has just released a roadmap …

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Cultural enslavement: widows in Pulbaa suffer in silence

At Pulbaa, a small community in the Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District of the Upper West Region, scores of widows have been held hostage by an outmoded cultural practice – destroying their lives and the future of their children. They have kept waiting for more than six years to undergo spiritual cleansing after …

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Two years after Paris Agreement: what’s the state of foreign direct investment?

The world gathered in the French capital, Paris in December 2015, to sign yet another international agreement to protect the climate after the 1997 Tokyo agreement. In all, 196 countries signed the agreement including both developed, developing and least developed countries.  At the core of the agreement is cutting down …

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