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Ghana reports severe bird flu on farm: OIE
PARIS (Reuters) - Ghana has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H9N2 bird flu virus on a farm in the southwest of the country, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from Ghana's agriculture ministry. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Improving the Measurement of Fertility Regulation Practices: Findings from Qualitative Research in Ghana
CONCLUSIONSThe fertility control strategies commonly reported by the study respondents —periodic contraception, and frequent use of traditional methods and emergency contraceptive pills—are likely not adequately captured in general surveys such as the DHS. Such surveys are also not well suited to measuring combinations of methods and mosaics of method combinations. New ways of cap turing women's fertility regulation practices should be considered, including additional survey items, new question modules and specialist studies. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - February 14, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Measles vaccine increases child survival beyond protecting against measles
(Frontiers) Analysis of more than 38,000 children in Ghana shows that all-cause mortality is significantly lower in children who received the measles vaccine after the third diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccination. The study adds to growing evidence that, when administered in the WHO recommended sequence, measles vaccination provides non-specific benefits to child survival. The findings have implications for achieving the Millennium Development Goal 4 of reducing child mortality. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What Growth Charts Are Best?
Discussion “The value of growth assessment is thus its principal utility as a key screening tool in order to assess children’s general well-being, to identify faltering and excessive growth, to evaluate maternal lactation performance and infant feeding practices, and to manage her children with medical conditions known to adversely affect growth,….” Thus having assessment tools is important. Growth charts are assessment tools measuring height/length, weight, head circumference and body mass index. Some commonly used growth charts are: WHO child growth chart standards They were developed using lo...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 12, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Patients in Ghana willing to pay for malaria RDT
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - February 1, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Kenya:Mydawa Disrupting E-Healthcare Industry in Kenya
[CIO] Research and Markets, a respected global market research company, named Kenya as one of the leading countries in e-health and telemedicine alongside South Africa and Ghana. This was contained in their recent report titled 'Enabling eHealth Technology in South Africa, Kenya and Ghana'. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 30, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

'Period ban is ruining my education'
Ghanaian schoolgirls have been banned from crossing a river to get to school while they are menstruating - and on Tuesdays. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Suicide among men in Ghana: the burden of masculinity - Andoh-Arthur J, Knizek BL, Osafo J, Hjelmeland H.
In Ghana, some studies have reported a high rate for both fatal and non-fatal suicidal behaviours among men. The current study aimed at understanding the psychosocial circumstances involved in male suicides. We interviewed between two to seven close relati... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Ghana:Health Stakeholders Discuss Development of Community Scorecard
[Ghana Govt.] A stakeholders meeting on the development of community scorecard to improve Ghana's health delivery service has been held in Accra. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana:Global Panel's SDG Brief to Support Ghana's Ambition to Address Malnutrition
[Glopan] Ghana has achieved much success in recent years to address under-nutrition. Between 2003 and 2014, stunting fell from 35 to 19 per cent. Ghana is also on track to deliver four of her six World Health Assembly indicators for nutrition. However, as many as 1.2 million Ghanaians are still considered food insecure. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The effects of workplace respect and violence on nurses' job satisfaction in Ghana: a cross-sectional survey - Boafo IM.
BACKGROUND: Studies have established the negative effects of workplace disrespect and violence on the personal and professional well-being of nurses. In spite of this, only a few have directly investigated the effects of these issues on nurses' job satisfa... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Mind: Given Medicine, the Patients Got Better. They Remained in Shackles Anyway.
In West Africa, people with psychoses are often chained at prayer camps. Giving them psychiatric drugs lessened their symptoms, but did not shorten their captivity. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: BENEDICT CAREY Tags: Psychiatry and Psychiatrists Mental Health and Disorders Human Rights and Human Rights Violations British Journal of Psychiatry Harvard University University of Ghana Patel, Vikram (1964- ) Rosenheck, Robert Africa Source Type: news

Ghana:No School, Period! Menstruating Girls Banned From River Crossing
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] London -"These girls need to cross the river to get to their school" (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 17, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Research suggests ways to help mentally ill in Ghana ’s prayer camps
Developed by a partnership between researchers at the University of Ghana and Yale, the study aims to improve conditions for Ghanaians with schizophrenia. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - January 9, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

When a wife says "no": wife sexual refusal as a factor in husband-wife homicides in Ghana - Adinkrah M.
In Ghana, wife sexual refusal is a key factor in uxoricides or husband-to-wife murders. Despite this, there is a dearth of systematic research that examines sexual strife as a precipitant of domestic violence and spousal murder. The present article address... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Predicting delinquency by self-reported impulsivity in adolescents in Ghana - Adjorlolo S, Asamoah E, Adu-Poku S.
BACKGROUND: Impulsivity is one of several variables associated with delinquent and criminal acts, but its utility depends on the psychometric properties of the measure used. AIM: To investigate the latent structure of the abbreviated Barratt Impuls... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

"We now have a patient and not a criminal": an exploratory study of judges and lawyers' views on suicide attempters and the law in Ghana - Osafo J, Akotia CS, Andoh-Arthur J, Boakye KE, N-B Quarshie E.
This study explored the views of judges and lawyers of the superior courts of Ghana on the law criminalizing attempted suicide. Qualitative data were collected from 12 experienced legal practitioners of the superior courts (five judges and seven lawyers) u... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Ghana:Akufo-Addo Launches Roadmap to Harness Demographic Dividend
[Ghana Presidency] The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has launched Ghana's Strategic Roadmap for harnessing demographic dividends, the local component of the African Union's Demographic Dividend Roadmap. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana:Jumia Food Ghana Launches 'Local Food Friday'
[Ghana Govt.] 'Local Food Friday', a campaign aimed at boosting the patronage of Ghanaian cuisines, has been launched in Accra. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 11, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Patricides and step-patricides in Ghana: victims, offenders, and offense characteristics - Adinkrah M.
There is a paucity of empirical research on patricide in Africa and many non-Western societies. To help fill this scholarly vacuum and contribute to the literature on patricide, the current article presents the results of an analysis of 18 cases of patrici... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

Weather updates twice a day as apps transform farming
Twice a day, Douglas Adjei receives a phone call giving the weather forecasts at his farm in southern Ghana. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - December 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Help to stop the government using aid to subsidise education profits
Public money is being used to subsidise private education companies – and UNISON members can do help to do something about it. The money comes from the UK government’s international development funds, which are increasingly being used to support so-called low-fee pivate schools and other models of private education. These are pushed as an alternative to free, quality public education. UNISON is urging members to write to their MP and international development secretary Penny Mordaunt to highlight the issue and ask them to end the government’s support and funding for these schools. The union is working wit...
Source: UNISON meat hygiene - December 5, 2017 Category: Food Science Authors: Tony Braisby Tags: Article News international Source Type: news

Listening to the voices of the people: community's assessment of disaster responder agency performance during disaster situations in rural northern Ghana - Apanga S, Titi Addebah G, Chirawurah D.
INTRODUCTION: In Northern Ghana, a combination of torrential rains coupled with the spilling of the Bagre dam in neighboring Burkina Faso in the past few years has resulted in perennial flooding of communities. This has often led to the National Disaster M... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Ghana:UNAIDS Official Calls for Innovative Ways to Tackle HIV in Ghana
[Focac] Accra -Ghana recorded an 18 percent rise in new HIV infections in 2016, despite making significant progress in eliminating the AIDS epidemic, a senior UNAIDS official said on Friday, as Ghana observed the 2017 World AIDS Day. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 4, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana:New Law to Protect HIV Positive Ghanaians
[Deutsche Welle] Hopes are up among Ghanaians with HIV/AIDS that a new law will help fight discrimination. Lawmakers also want to make sure that people do not skip tests out of fear of stigmatization. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 1, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana:Ministry of Health Takes Its Turn At the Meet-the-Press Series
[Ghana Govt.] The Ministry of Health (MOH) will continue with ongoing hospital projects started by the previous government. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 24, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa:Pneumonia Claims 1 Million African Kids Yearly
[CAJ News] Dakar -CIVIL society organisations across Africa are advocating for governments to invest in immunisation and eradicate pneumonia. The disease kills nearly 1 million children in Africa per year. Organisations in some ten countries have met in Senegal where they called for more domestic financing to pneumonia vaccines, routine immunisation programmes and strengthening of health systems. The organisations that met under the auspices of the just-commemorated World Pneumonia Day are from Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivor (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 15, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Country Immunization Information System Assessments — Kenya, 2015 and Ghana, 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - November 9, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Ghana:Tigo-Airtel Climax Breast Cancer Month With Lunch, Fundraising
[Business Day] The newly merged Airtel and Tigo telecommunication climaxed this years' Breast Cancer Awareness last month with a sea of Pink dress-codes in solidarity with Breast Cancer survivors. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana's pineapple farmers need more intensive training
(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) Simple technologies can be learned effectively through imitation, while complex methods require professional training. If Ghanaian pineapple farmers are to achieve higher yields through more sustainable agriculture, they will need to be trained in exactly these types of complex applications. This was the conclusion reached by a team from the Technical University of Munich and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, who provide evidence for this assertion in the form of a new study with recommendations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - November 9, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ghana:PEPFAR's New Strategy Has Implications for the Global Fund
[Global Fund] Payment consists of reforms to enable the country to produce its Supply Chain Master Plan (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 5, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana:Ghana Ready for Investments in Health Care - Dr Bawumia
[Ghana Govt.] The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has assured the investor community of excellent opportunities in the health care sector of Ghana. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 3, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Prevalence, circumstances and consequences of non-fatal road traffic injuries and other bodily injuries among older people in China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa - Peltzer K, Phaswana-Mafuya N, Arokiasamy P, Biritwum R, Yawson A, Minicuci N, Williams JS, Kowal P, Chatterji S.
Unintentional injuries are one of the main contributors to mortality and disability in elderly populations in low- and middle-income countries. The aim of this study was to examine the annual road traffic and other bodily (not including falls) injury preva... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 30, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Let ’s Harness the Egalitarian Spirit of Sport for Global Cohesion
Football match to raise awareness on environmental issues in Watamu, Kenya jointly organized by UNESCO, UN Environment and UN Information Center. Credit: @UNESCOBy Ann Therese Ndong Jatta and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 2017 (IPS)24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.In his message to the world the UN Secretary General, Mr Antonio Guterres remarked, “When we achieve human rights and human dignity for all people – they will build a peaceful, sustainable and just world”. Sport has proven to be a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace and development obje...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ann Therese Ndong Jatta and Siddharth Chatterjee Tags: Aid Democracy Education Gender Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Peace Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Study highlights value of acknowledging adolescents' perspectives
(Society for Research in Child Development) Across very different cultures -- Ghana and the United States -- when parents acknowledge the perspectives of their adolescent children and encourage them to express themselves, the youths have a stronger sense of self-worth, intrinsic motivation, and engagement, and also have less depression. Yet having the latitude to make decisions appears to function differently in the two cultures, with positive outcomes for youths in the United States but not in Ghana. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue
Rev. Patricia Ackerman is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York, and the New York UN Representative for the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.By Rev. Patricia AckermanNEW YORK, Oct 20 2017 (IPS)On September 29, 2017, Yvette Abrahams, an indigenous religious leader from Cape Town, South Africa who served as the country’s Commissioner For Gender Equality for five years, gasped when she learned that South Africa had just voted in favor of United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemning the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts. She could not believ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Patricia Ackerman Tags: Gender Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse LGBTQ Religion TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Ghana: Invest in Mental Health Services to End Shackling
[HRW] The government of Ghana should ensure adequate funding for mental health services in Ghana, as a crucial step to eliminating the widespread practice of shackling and other abuses against people with psychosocial disabilities, a coalition of nongovernmental groups said today. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 9, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: President Tours Upper East Region
[Ghana Govt.] The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has given the strongest indication that his government is doing everything possible to ensure that the country's National Health Insurance Scheme [NHIS] is strengthened and enhanced. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 6, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Global Fund Agrees to accept in-Kind Payment for Recovery of $27 Million Owed by Ghana
[GFO] Payment consists of reforms to enable the country to produce its Supply Chain Master Plan (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 4, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa:Global Fund Agrees to accept in-Kind Payment for Recovery of $27 Million Owed by Ghana
[GFO] Payment consists of reforms to enable the country to produce its Supply Chain Master Plan (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - October 4, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Global Siren Call of Fast Food
For The New York Times ’ s West and Central Africa bureau chief, tastes of home in Dakar, Senegal, are a mixed blessing. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DIONNE SEARCEY Tags: Fast Food Industry Kentucky Fried Chicken Ghana Africa Source Type: news

Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.
The growing popularity of fried chicken and pizza in parts of Africa underscores how fast food is changing habits and expanding waistlines. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DIONNE SEARCEY and MATT RICHTEL Tags: Fast Food Industry Ghana Obesity Diet and Nutrition Source Type: news

Ghana: DFID Ghana Health Adviser's Speech At the Launch of Family Planning Week in Accra
[PR Newswire] London -Health Adviser of Department for International Development Ghana delivered a speech at the launch of Family Planning week in Accra (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 30, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Ghana:DFID Ghana Health Adviser's Speech At the Launch of Family Planning Week in Accra
[PR Newswire] London -Health Adviser of Department for International Development Ghana delivered a speech at the launch of Family Planning week in Accra (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - September 30, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Where Do 50 Million Tonnes a Year of Toxic E-Waste Go?
Disassembling of electronic waste in Bengaluru, India. Credit: Victorgrigas. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.By Baher KamalROME, Sep 27 2017 (IPS)Each year, the electronics industry generates up to 41 million tonnes of e-waste, but as the number of consumers rises, and the lifespan of devices shrinks in response to demand for the newest and best, that figure could reach 50 million tonnes this year, according to specialised studies. Of all these tonnes of noxious waste, a staggering 60-90 per cent of e-waste –worth nearly 19 billion dollars– is illegally traded or dumped, often with...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 27, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Crime & Justice Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Nigeria: Lassa Fever Will Keep Ravaging Nigeria Unless Better Surveillance Is Put in Place
[The Conversation Africa] Lassa fever was first discovered nearly 50 years ago in Nigeria. Since then, it has been reported in other West African countries including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. There is also evidence of Lassa fever presence in southern Mali, Burkina Faso, C ôte d'Ivoire and Ghana, all of which share a similar tropical wooded savanna ecological zone. But there is still no vaccine against the disease. A new outbreak in 19 Nigerian states and in Lagos city - the most populated city on the continent - has sp (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 26, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: High Dose Tramadol Floods Market
[Business Day] President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), Pharm. Benjamin Kwame Botwe has warned against the high proliferation and abuse of high dose tramadol on the market. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 25, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What Causes Microcephaly?
Patient Presentation A 5-month-old male came to clinic for his health supervision visit and followup from his neonatal intensive care stay. He was born prematurely at 28 weeks gestation and his stay was complicated by a right sided Grade III intraventricular hemorrhage, a left-sided Grade IV intraventricular hemorrhage, neonatal seizures, respiratory distress and bronchopulmonary dysplasia, retinopathy of prematurity, acute kidney injury that had resolved, possible necrotizing enterocolitis incidents x 2, and herpes simplex encephalitis. He was on home oxygen, a nasogastric feeding tube because of aspiration risk and mult...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 25, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees
Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that “the world’s extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa”. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPSBy Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 2017 (IPS)Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded. ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Tags: Africa Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Economy & Trade Europe Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace Religion TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news