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Barcamp Kasoa 2013: ‘Making an entreprising environment for an emerging market’

BarCamp Kasoa 2013 is a free networking event to bring people together for a day of discussion, demos and dialogue about Kasoa, Ghana and beyond. The event will happen at the ICGC Transformation Temple in Kasoa on April 27, 2013. The theme is ‘Making an entreprising environment for an emerging market‘. Barcamp Kasoa is organized primarily by the GhanaThink Foundation, an NGO based both in Ghana and the USA, which has successfully organized 19 BarCamps in Ghana.

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Barcamp Kasoa aims to assemble Kasoa stakeholders to network, build a supportive entreprising community and give birth to lasting professional partnerships. We would discuss the present state of Kasoa, its emerging growth and how it will be affected by many projects happening around it – Hope City, West Hills Mall, Millenium City, etc. We would also discuss how Kasoa and its surrounding areas can be positively affected by youth.

Some winners of the Ghana National Youth Achievers Awards will join other young achievers to participate in our speed mentoring session. Confirmed speed mentors include Bernard Akoi Jackson, Jerry Smith, Sam Paul, Akua Akyaa Nkrumah, Kate Nkansah-Dwamena, Gideon Commey, etc. We shall have a special panel discussing Kasoa. This shall include the insight of local Kasoa stakeholders. Confirmed panelists include Nuhu Nuhu Adams, Lawrencia Owusu, etc. It will also feature multiple user-generated breakout sessions on topics relevant to Kasoa and beyond. Major topics to focus on will include keeping Kasoa clean, urban planning and traffic as well as growing small and medium-sized business.

Register at http://barcampkasoa13.eventbrite.com/. You can also register by sending “Barcamp Kasoa, Your Name, Your Email Address” to 1945 on all mobile networks. See you there!You may contact the BarCamp Kasoa organising team through this website for sponsorship opportunities. If you are interested in organizing a breakout session, let us know, especially if you have special needs. Be there- #MOREVIM!

BarCamp Kasoa 2013 is sponsored by the GhanaThink Foundation, Google Ghana, Fiesta Condoms, and Nandimobile. Get additional info at: http://barcampghana.org/contact or email, barcamp at ghanathink.org

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Posted by on April 19, 2013 in Issues!

 

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Ghana Seizes 1 million faulty Condoms Imported from China

“Ghana facing ‘major public health issue’ after condoms supplied to health service found to contain                   holes and burst easily”

Condomize - Be Safe.

Condomize – Be Safe.

Ghana is facing a “major public health issue” after condoms supplied to the country’s health service were found to contain holes and burst easily. More than 1m “Be Safe” condoms have been impounded by the country’s food and drugs authority (FDA), which said they were also too small and not adequately lubricated.

“When we tested these condoms, we found that they are poor quality, can burst in the course of sexual activity, and have holes which expose the users to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease,” said Thomas Amedzro, head of drug enforcement at the FDA.

But the FDA said it was investigating how an unknown number of condoms had been distributed to health centres around the country, before the tests were conducted. “We want to get to the bottom of this, and to find out why all the condoms were not presented to us before they went out,” said Amedzro.

The FDA is recalling all Be Safe condoms on the market, and said it does not yet know how many have already been distributed. It is standard practice to conduct safety tests on condoms, many of which are imported from China.

The FDA said the faulty Be Safe consignment was imported by Global Unilink Ltd, a Ghanaian company, which had sourced them from an Indian company named Harley Ltd based in Kenya. Amedzro said the FDA has traced the condoms back to the original manufacturer, Henan Xibei Latex Company Limited, in Henan province, central China.

“This is a huge, huge problem,” said Faustina Fynn-Nyame, director of Marie Stopes International in Ghana. “There will be a lot of unintended pregnancies as a result of this, and that means maternal mortality and unsafe abortion. Commercial sex workers also use these products [so] the consequences could be enormous.”

The companies involved in importing the condoms were not available to comment. But Be Safe condoms are reported to be widely used in Ghana, where they are distributed by state-run health centres. Previous batches are understood to have passed safety tests.

This is not the first scare surrounding condoms in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year, South Africa recalled more than 1m faulty ANC condoms, which the ruling party had given away.

“This is a major public health issue because of the implications,” said Amedzro. “People use condoms to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. If the condoms are not doing that, we could have increased [risk] of HIV and Aids, so that is a major concern.”

SOURCE: TheGuardian.co.uk

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Issues!

 

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Worth the Fight

LORENCE KABASELE ON 1000 VOICES..

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

#1SimpleStep: Ghanaians Walking The Talk!

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              So, are you joining us take that step or what? ..lols! For God & Ghana!

 
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Posted by on April 15, 2013 in Issues!

 

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SpeakAIDS is calling! #MDGmomentum [Goal 6]

Speakaids is an initiative that aims to provide young people with a virtual space to voice out their views and concerns regarding HIV & AIDS. You can read more about them on their website and like them and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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Last year, SpeakAIDS developed “Your 3 Zeros”, an online photo album presenting the views on young people in order to achieve the UNAIDS three zero objectives. The International Aids Candlelight Memorial aims to remember those lost to AIDS while expressing solidarity to people living with HIV. SpeakAIDS invites you to join in as they commemorate those we have lost to AIDS through an online art album to be released on May 19th in their website, and will be spread through many channels and platforms.

What you need to do is send a text (poems, stories maximum:150 words) or graphic (picture, drawing, painting maximum:737x1122px) … in remembrance of your parent, friend, etc. to: candlelight@speakaids.org.

 Please include your name and country in your email.

Note that the deadline is set to April, 30

While thanking you, SpeakAIDS looks forward to receiving your contributions.

E-mail: info@speakaids.org   website: www.speakaids.org

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in Issues!

 

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‘1000 VOICES – 1000 WOMEN’ Campaign – Launched!

…Women & Girls building momentum too!

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

To Serve or Not To Serve!

Seeing the tweet from my tweep @GanyobiOko sent me down memory lane, I recall experiences of me volunteering long long ago – how time flies… I started volunteering when I was a child- the impact though small was worth it because it was and has always been a win-win. Church, School and NGO’s – including Blogging Ghana have all giving room for me to be part of a process that engaged, exposed me to issues worth addressing, educated, entertained, groomed me and helped grow my colleagues, friends and networks. Reciting memory verses, reading and quoting from the Bible? Joining the junior choir; moving to youth choir when I left Sunday school and being part of the Church choir was amazing.  The drama and dance club in primary school; debating and joining the school choir at junior secondary school too offered opportunities to shape my public speaking and skill of self-confidence. I served as class captain for two years and handed over because I had received a higher calling- Assistant Boys Prefect, my leadership and organizational skills were put to test, extra groomed for life and the world of work.

In an Interview with the BeBold  TV show crew on Volunteering at #BlogCamp13!

In an Interview with the Be Bold TV show crew on Volunteering at #BlogCamp13!

My association with the Curious Minds Ghana – “Children and Youth in Broadcasting” strengthened and built my intellect even more on broad issues of self, community, national and global development, I am indeed grateful to our Coordinator Mr. Kingsley Obeng Kyere and fellow colleagues especially the GEMS team for the positive peer-effect that has transformed and inspired others like myself- in and out of the organization. I owned a copy of Ghana’s Children’s Act 560- given to me by my Auntie, renowned broadcaster Mama Araba Otsuwaa – all I knew in there that made some sense then was who a child is. Listening to “unique curious minds” that aired and keeps airing on Uniiq 95.7 MHz and was wowed by my age-mates and even younger ones talking about rights and marrying them with responsibilities, quoting from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other legal frameworks Ghana had embraced to ensure the best for its future today. My good friend Rudolph Tulasi who was a member, took me to one of their meetings, I enjoyed every bit of the discussions- BIG TALK! It didn’t end there oo… it followed with a BIG WALK! Imagine me in the Uniiq FM studios of the Ghana Broadcasting Cooperation (GBC), advocating with a team on radio for better conditions for young people in Ghana…

Inspiring Younger ones by Volunteering with "Hold-A-Hand"

Inspiring Younger ones by Volunteering with “Hold-A-Hand”

Will tell you more about the “CMExpereince” in another blog post! In short I have transitioned from member, to advocating actively and contributing to policy and analyzing them in Ghana and abroad, to assisting in production, manning the console during live sessions at Obonu and Uniiq FM, collating views across the globe and managing social media platforms, organizing in school chapter sessions, acquiring journalism and basic communication skills on the job, representing the organization at meetings and on other bigger networks- home and away from home, I DIDN’T PAY A PESEWA. All these and many more for VOLUNTEERING, staying committed to the cause and learning from all encounters- both good and bad… oh yes, it hasn’t been all glowing – I just didn’t let the intimidations get me down- we are all partners in the development process, we all have something to offer- no matter how small, it all adds to the “world we want”. If many young people see volunteering as I have- we’d solve many challenges in many sectors of our economy, volunteering to teach will sharpen your skills as a teacher- the community and students benefit too… contributing to growing Ghana’s human resource. In farming- you will contribute to feeding plenty mouths and acquiring skills to start your own agri-business. I am communicating well with you now because of my volunteering background! Note- time spent volunteering is never wasted, why? You touch lives, contribute to development – and improve yours too… don’t worry about cash- it will come in due time. So “No Financial Gain? – No Pain”  “The best way to learn on the job is to volunteer- FREE work experience”.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!

 

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