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Let’s have a chat about chronic diseases

This week a friend of mine confided in me that she had not been sleeping properly. Apparently, in recent weeks she had been having unexplained headaches and had found out that her blood pressure was slightly high. More importantly, her diastolic blood pressure was more elevated than normal. Incidentally, she …

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The African free trade agreement that aims to boost development   

At a cereal market in Busia, on the Ugandan side of the Uganda-Kenya border, business is booming. Trucks with goods from different parts of Uganda are offloaded while others heading for Kenya and South Sudan are being loaded. The east African country, according to its ministry of finance, is enjoying …

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The AU’s role in combating the refugees problem in Africa

The decision by the African Union (AU) to declare 2019 as the “Year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)” is a very laudable one and must be applauded by everybody. The Union’s chosen theme “Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”, …

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Ghana: At war with the mosquito

Last week it was reported that Algeria and Argentina had been declared by the World Health Organization as malaria-free countries. I received this information with mixed feelings. It was because I began to wonder whether Ghana would one day dream of becoming free of malaria too. I have always believed …

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How susu collectors and microfinance companies are supporting women with business loans

Most Ghanaian women from all walks of life in the informal sector have held the sky very high. They shield families, friends, be they peasant farmers, agro-processors, traders and household employees, and contribute immensely towards the economic development of this nation. These women can be seen running their business as …

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How is Ghana looking at healthcare in a technological world?

Many, myself included, have often wondered about the huge health human resource gaps in sub-Saharan Africa and efforts being made to address these. In many of these conversations, reality has stared us in the face that with the best will in the world, these gaps will never be bridged in …

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Making an economic case for workplace mental health

Not having a job or unemployment has been identified by health experts as a risk factor for some mental health challenges, while securing a job has been described as “protective”. There is an agreement however that a negative working environment could also lead to physical and mental health problems for …

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Why should we wait for fish smoking to kill us?

Grandma Kailey woke up this morning feeling dizzy and weak. She was also slowly losing her left eye and that made her nervous. This morning, she could not do her usual sweeping and galavanting. When her granddaughter Bibio strayed towards a heath made of three big stones planted to firm …

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