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Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire begin history-making COVAX vaccination drives

As the first recipients of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine doses through the UN-partnered COVAX initiative, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana began their vaccine rollouts on Monday, prioritizing frontline workers and vulnerable groups, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

FROM THE FIELD: Adapting to survive and thrive in Ghana

In the West African country of Ghana, many people from farming backgrounds are forced to find new ways to survive, as droughts, floods and erratic weather patterns upend age-old agricultural practices.

News in Brief 24 February 2021

  • Historic first as COVAX COVID vaccines reach Ghana
  • WHO announces COVID deaths drop 20% in a week worldwide 
  • Get with new tech, or risk falling further behind: UNCTAD
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South Sudan: Timely action by Ghanaian peacekeepers proves ‘every second counts’

Ghanaian peacekeepers at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been commended for their lifesaving support to a man who was severely wounded during recent violent inter-communal clashes in the north of the country.

Newly licensed vaccine, ‘milestone in the fight’ against Ebola in Africa, UN health agency

Four countries in Africa have licensed an Ebola vaccine to “cement hard-fought progress” in keeping their people safe from the deadly disease, the UN health agency said on Friday.

FROM THE FIELD: Sourcing clean water in Ghana

Communities in northern Ghana are benefiting from the rehabilitation of water sources which is expected to boost livelihoods and build resilience against climate change, thanks to a project supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). 

Service and Sacrifice: For Ghana, UN peacekeeping is a ‘noble opportunity to serve humanity’

Ghanaian men and women have served as United Nations peacekeepers since the early 1970s, participating in operations that stretched from the Sinai to the African continent. The West African Nations is now among the top 10 contributors to UN peacekeeping, with nearly 3,000 personnel serving on eight missions.   

IMF wants to change focus on austerity, says UN rights expert

Financial rescue packages offered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to countries facing economic meltdown, should place less emphasis on cutbacks in future in recognition that the Fund has “gone too far with austerity”, Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, told Daniel Johnson after presenting his report on the IMF — as well as the United States and Ghana — to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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Ghana twin activists hope for change in negative ‘narrative’ surrounding albinism

Twin activists from Ghana are praying for the day when a child born with albinism “will not be met with scorn, scandal and spectacle.”

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Focus on abilities, not disabilities, says leading campaigner from Ghana

The world needs to focus on the “capabilities and abilities” of people with disabilities and “not just the disability.”

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