Use of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods for Pregnancy Prevention Among Ghanaian Women: A Nationally Representative Cross-Sectional Survey
Few studies in low- and middle-income countries have examined the use of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) for pregnancy prevention. Understanding the prevalence of FABM use among Ghanaian contraceptors and the characteristics and practices of users is essential. Our 2018 nationally representative survey of Ghanaian women included detailed questions on the use of rhythm and Standard Days Method/Cycle Beads (SDM). After considering multimethod use patterns, we estimated likely FABM prevalence among contraceptors, identified characteristics associated with current use of an FABM (vs. current use of a hormonal method/...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Bridging Ghana and the Gulf - How One ECRF Fellow Is Tackling Urban Flooding
Communities must move from coping with floods to adapting for them. Kwame Owusu-Daaku, a former Gulf Research Program fellow, explains why living through floods in his native Ghana led him to Florida to help address the link between flooding and injustice. (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - June 17, 2021 Category: Science Source Type: news

The death of Adumissa: a suicide at Cape Coast, Ghana, around 1800 - Parker J.
This article examines the history of voluntary death on the Gold Coast in present-day Ghana. Its focus is the suicide of a young woman named Adwoa Amissa (or Adumissa), who took her own life in dramatic fashion in the town of Cape Coast in the early ninete... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Barks in the night lead to the discovery of new species
(Yale University) A new study in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society co-authored by Yale anthropologist Eric Sargis finds that the barking hyraxes are a separate species from their shrieking neighbors. The newly described species, Dendrohyrax interfluvialis, populates the wet and dry forests that lie between the two rivers in coastal regions of southeastern Ghana, southern Togo and Benin, and southwestern Nigeria. The researchers based their conclusion on the distinctive calls combined with anatomical and genetic differences they identified among tree hyrax populations. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Hormonal contraceptive use in Ghana: the role of method attributes and side effects in method choice and continuation
Conclusions Ghanaian women value hormonal methods for their effectiveness against pregnancy. However, concerns about side effects (particularly bleeding changes), future fertility impairment, and long-term health issues led some women to discontinue hormonal methods. Counseling on these issues was reportedly inadequate. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Ghana: Tackling Water and Sanitation Issues Demands Urgency and Speed
[Ghanaian Times] It has been disclosed that Ghana loses over 290 million dollars yearly for not paying adequate attention to sanitation issues. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 8, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Maternal Health Services Must Do More to Help Fathers Get Involved
[The Conversation Africa] Including men in maternal healthcare is good for families, research has found internationally. Men can be involved in maternal healthcare in various ways. These include attending maternity care, making decisions with the mother, helping with housework and supporting the woman's care financially. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: 'Re-Construction of La General Hospital Yet to Start'
[Ghanaian Times] DESPITE sod cutting for the re-construction of the La General Hospital in the run-up to the 2020 General Election, work is yet to commence on the project. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 2, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: President Akufo-Addo Commends Media for Role in Covid-19 Fight
[Ghana Presidency] The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commended the media for its role in the co-ordinated fight against the coronavirus pandemic across the continent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 2, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Ghana Marks 'World No Tobacco Day'
[Ghanaian Times] Nsawam -- Ghana yesterday joined the rest of the world to commemorate this year's.World No Tobacco Day. at Nsawam in the Eastern Region with a call on the public to quit smoking. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 1, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Menstrual Hygiene Management Plan Launched in Accra
[Ghanaian Times] A five-year strategic plan to promote effective menstrual hygiene management (MHM)in the country's schools has been launched in Accra. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 1, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Parental perceptions of the nature of child labour in rural and urban Ghana: cultural versus economic necessity - Adonteng-Kissi O.
There is nearly universal consensus that child labour is harmful to the development of the child, however, widespread contention exists on whether child labour is cultural or economic necessity. This paper aimed to ascertain parental perceptions of the nat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Suicide among university students: prevalence, risks and protective factors - Owusu-Ansah FE, Addae AA, Peasah BO, Oppong Asante K, Osafo J.
BACKGROUND: Research evidence on suicide in Ghana so far has focused mostly on suicide in the adult population and less work on the younger population such as university students and other vulnerable groups such as children, youth and the aged. Aims: This ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Gambia: Study - Tourism, Fisheries Badly Affected By Covid-19
[The Point] A study by a Ghana-based firm on the impact of Covid-19 on the natural resources sector has shown that the tourism and fisheries in The Gambia have been badly affected by the global corona virus pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 26, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Ghana - Covid-19 Pandemic Fueling Child Labor
[HRW] Accra -- Meager Government Aid Leaves Children Working Long Hours for Little Pay (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 26, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Qualityrights... A WHO Approach to Curbing Abuses in the Care of Persons With Psychosocial, Cognitive and Intellectual Disability in Ghana
[Ghanaian Times] The Human Rights Watch in 2012 released an incriminatory report that found that persons with mental illnesses in Ghana experiencea range of human rights abuses in mental health facilities and traditional and faithbased healing centres across the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: UNSC Concerned About Covid-19 Impact On Africa... Urges Greater Cooperation
[Ghanaian Times] The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Wednesday expressed grave concern about the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Africa, and urged greater cooperation in winning a better future for the continent. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Resolve Problems With Second-Phase Covid-19 Vaccination
[Ghanaian Times] Yesterday, the second phase of the COVID-19 vaccination started in the country. The first phase spanned March 2, 2021and March 15. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 20, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Measures and narratives of the nature, causes and consequences of violent assaults and risk perception of psychiatric hospitals in Ghana: mental Health workers' perspectives - Atinga RA, Yarney L, Saa-Touh Mort K, Gariba JA, Salifu Yendork J.
Literature shows that mental healthcare workers in Ghana face incessant fear of patient violence that compromise safe care delivery. However, the nature, scale, perceived causes, and consequences of these assaults and how they shape risk perceptions have r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

Prevalence, drinking patterns, and risk factors of alcohol use and early onset among Ghanaian senior high school students - Bondah E, Gren L, Talboys S.
This study assessed the prevalence, drinking patterns, and risk factors of alcohol use and early onset amo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Factors associated with serious injuries among adolescents in Ghana: findings from 2012 Global School Health Survey - Ackah M, Salifu MG, Boakye H.
INTRODUCTION: Injuries are of public health concern and the leading cause of residual disability and death among teenagers, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In Ghana, the burden of injury among adolescents is under-reported. Hence, t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Violence predicts physical health consequences of human trafficking: findings from a longitudinal study of labor trafficking in Ghana - Clay-Warner J, Edgemon TG, Okech D, Anarfi JK.
Research consistently finds high rates of both poor physical health and violent victimization among survivors of human trafficking. While this literature documents the immediate effects of human trafficking on health, no published literature has compared s... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Ghana: Muslims Observe Eid UL-Fitr Amid Covid-19
[Ghanaian Times] The usual fanfare and pageantry that characterised the Eid ul-Fitr celebration was absent yesterday in many parts of town when the Ghanaian Muslim community joined the rest of the world to observe the feast. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 14, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Russia ’s Sputnik Diplomacy
This article was originally published in the community blog Persuasion.   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs');   Excerpt: The writer is a journalist and managing editor of Armando.info, an investigative journalism site. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Valentina Lares Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Ghana: Govt Presents 20,000 Wheelchairs to PWDs
[Ghanaian Times] Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia yesterday presented 20,000 wheelchairs to Persons with Disability (PWDs) to facilitate mobility and enhance their dignity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 12, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

High HIV/AIDS prevalence in a suburban area in Ghana: a context analysis of its relationship to human trafficking - Langmagne S, Tenkorang EY, Elabor-Idemudia P.
A plethora of scholarly studies have indicated that migration and human trafficking contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, most of these studies have focused on the role cross border migration and trafficking play in the spread of HIV/AIDS at the e... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Ghana: GHS Implores Parents to Stick to Routine Child-Health Interventions
[Ghanaian Times] The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has implored parents and caregivers that in order to ensure healthy growth of theirchildren, they shouldnot skip or suspendroutine child-health interventionsamidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 11, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Ghana to Become Hub of Pharmaceutical Production in Ssa - -Fitch Solutions
[Ghanaian Times] The End of Its 10-Year Forecast Range, It Expects Sales to Reach Gh ¢6.55bn (Us¢896mn) By 2030. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 10, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How West African Leaders Can Tackle Youth and Gender Inequities
Women informal cross-border traders. Credit: Trevor Davies/IPSBy Ifeanyi Nsofor, Adaeze Oreh, and John Lazame TindabilMay 6 2021 (IPS) Recently, both Republics of Benin and Chad held their 2021 national elections. These countries are among thirteen countries on the continent billed to elect new political leaders in 2021 alone. This is a good opportunity to improve conditions on the continent. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified other issues on the continent like youth unemployment that better leadership could help improve. These are three ways West African leaders can better help their nations at thi...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Ifeanyi Nsofor, Adaeze Oreh, and John Lazame Tindabil Tags: Africa Gender Global Governance Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Child polyvictimization in Zongo communities in Ghana: young people's reflections on systemic resilience enablers - Abdullah A, Cudjoe E, Jordan LP, Emery CR.
PURPOSE: Polyvictimization is often commonplace for young people living in violent communities. The situation is no different for young people in Ghanaian Zongo communities where poverty, social disorder and social vices are prevalent due to structural rea... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Modelling Ghanaian road crash risk using the Manchester driver behaviour Questionnaire - Dotse JE, Rowe R.
Little is known about how well models of driver crash risks from the developed world apply to motoring in African low and middle income countries. The Manchester Driver Behaviour Questionnaire (DBQ; Reason et al., 1990), which distinguishes deliberate viol... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Comparison of childhood household injuries and risk factors between urban and rural communities in Ghana: a cluster-randomized, population-based, survey to inform injury prevention research and programming - Stewart B, Gyedu A, Otupiri E, Nakua E, Boakye G, Mehta K, Donkor P, Mock C.
BACKGROUND: Childhood household injuries incur a major proportion of the global disease burden, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, household injury hazards are differentially distributed across developed environments. Theref... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Ghana: OccupyGhana Calls for Immediate Investigation of Potential Covid-19 Super-Spreader Religious Event
[OccupyGhana] OccupyGhana ® has watched with shock, a video on YouTube (now pulled down) of a religious event held in Accra from Friday, 30 April 2021, dubbed 'Pneumatica Night 2021,' and organised by the Christ Embassy Youth Church, Airport City, which event packed thousands of adherents into the air-conditioned tent calle d Fantasy Dome, with minimal mask-wearing and absolutely no social distancing. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 3, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: World Malaria Day Marked in Accra
[Ghanaian Times] The World Malaria Day (WMD) was celebrated yesterday in Accra with a call on health stakeholders to scale up efforts in the fight against the disease to achieve zero malaria target by 2025. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 30, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: Weah Pays Journalist Philip Wesseh's Medical Bills
[New Dawn] -As Publisher Association accompanies him to Ghana (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 30, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Sadaqa Train Donates Equipment to Hospitals in Northern, North East Regions
[Ghanaian Times] Sadaqa Train Ghana, a Non-governmental Organisation, in partnership with VIOMIS Aid Denmark has donated medical equipment to some health facilities in the Northern and North East regions to enhance healthcare delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Over 2,000 Children Vaccinated Against Malaria in AEE District
[Ghanaian Times] Ajumako -- A total of 21,951 children under five years have since 2019 been vaccinated against malaria in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam (AEE) District of the Central Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 27, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: Get Malaria Eliminated
[Ghanaian Times] The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), undoubtedly, has pushed concerns with other equally-dangerous diseases to the background. In other words, COVID-19 attracts more attention, probably because it is a pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: Invest in Fight Against Malaria to Fill Funding Gap - AMMREN Urges African Govts
[Ghanaian Times] The African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN), a Pan-African advocacy group of journalists and scientists, has called on governments of malaria endemic countries to invest in the fight against malaria to fill the funding gap. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Factors contributing to road crashes among commercial vehicle drivers in the Kintampo North Municipality, Ghana in 2017 - Poku SA, Bandoh DA, Kenu E, Kploanyi EE, Addo-Lartey AA.
OBJECTIVE: The study assessed driver, vehicular and road-related factors associated with road crashes (RC) in the Kintampo North Municipality. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Kintampo North Municipality. DATA SOURCE: Demographics, vehicular... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Road traffic accidents in Ghana: contributing factors and economic consequences - Blankson PK, Lartey M.
The impact of road traffic injuries could be enormous, affecting societies and individuals in different facets. Despite the prominence of Covid-19 disease in the current public health space, road crashes remain an important contributor to mortality. It is ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Mental health difficulties, coping mechanisms and support systems among school-going adolescents in Ghana: a mixed-methods study - Addy ND, Agbozo F, Runge-Ranzinger S, Grys P.
BACKGROUND: Although adolescents are highly vulnerable to mental health challenges, they receive little attention, especially in developing countries. We investigated the mental health difficulties (MHDs) faced by adolescent students in four senior high sc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Sexual harassment and victimization from four other types of interpersonal aggression in Ghana: a cycle of victimization - Anwar F, Osterman K, Afari-Korkor J, Bj örkqvist KBK.
The aim of the study was to investigate victimization from sexual harassment, and level of emotional distress due to it, are associated with four other types of victimization. A questionnaire was completed by 280 female university students and lecturers in... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

Africa: RTS,S Malaria Vaccine Reaches More Than 650 000 Children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi Through Groundbreaking Pilot Programme
[WHO] Malaria vaccine coverage through childhood immunization programme signals strong community demand for vaccine. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 23, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Pathogens, Public Health, & Political Will: Why Sustained Leadership is Critical
Two decades of investments in malaria so far have saved a staggering 7.6 million lives and prevented 1.5 billion malaria cases. But progress plateaued by the end of 2019 with political will and funding declining. Credit: Mercedes Sayagues/IPSBy Joy Phumaphi and Sarthak DasApr 23 2021 (IPS) The occasion of World Malaria Day amidst a global pandemic warrants an examination of the intersection between our decades long battle against the world’s oldest known fever and the newest known pathogen fueling a global pandemic. In our estimation, one theme is abundantly clear: effective management of COVID-19 through coherent pu...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joy Phumaphi and Sarthak Das Tags: Africa Asia-Pacific Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Malaria Source Type: news

Gambia: Govt Eliminates Trachoma, a Leading Cause of Blindness Worldwide
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Addis Ababa -- Small West African nation follows Ghana in successfully eradicating the painful eye disease, which still affects people in more than 40 countries (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 22, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Gambia becomes second African state to end trachoma
Health workers spent years targeting agonising and blinding eye disease, which was rife in rural areasThe Gambia has become the second country in Africa to eliminate trachoma, one of the leading causes of blindness.The achievement, announced by the World Health Organization on Tuesday, came after decades of work on the disease, which has damaged the sight ofabout 1.9 million people worldwide. Ghana was thefirst country in Africa to eliminate the disease in 2018.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Kaamil Ahmed Tags: Global health The Gambia World Health Organization Global development Society Africa World news Infectious diseases Science Source Type: news

Ghana: 50 Tidal Wave Victims Relocate to Dzetagba
[Ghanaian Times] Fifty out of more than 700 people displaced by tidal waves affecting their communities in the Ketu South Municipality prior to the Easter celebrations have relocated to Dzetagba (salt lagoon) and are engaging in fishing and salt mining. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Sickle Cell Disease - the Place of Hydroxyurea in Treatment
[Ghanaian Times] I saw this vignette in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). What follows by way of intervention, I believe, is still relevant. An 18-year-old woman with sickle cell anemia has had increasing symptoms, with painful crises and episodes of the acute chest syndrome. She was hospitalized three times in the past year. She was started on hydroxyurea therapy.(Orah S. PlattHydroxyurea for the Treatment of Sickle Cell Anemia.N Engl J Med 2008;358:1362-9). (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ghana: Why Minimalism, Hustle, and Finding Meaning Are Crucial? Sunil Mcrewer Explains
[Ghanaian Times] COVID-19 has transformed the world into a new place. However, certain things hold their ground under any circumstances. In a recent conversation, top Instagram celebrity star Sunil Mcrewer spoke about three things brands must focus on in the new normal - minimalism, hustle, and finding meaning. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 16, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news