New National Board Members Elected by the General Assembly of the Ghana Red Cross Society for the next two years.

The General Assembly of the Ghana Red Cross Society has elected New National Executive to run the affairs of the National Society for the next two years.

The elected members were:

  1. Kwame Gyimah Akwafo –  National President,
  2. Kingsley A Preko  –  Vice President,
  3. Emmanuel Ashley Djan –  Hon. Treasurer,
  4. James Dodoo Addy –   Public Relations Adviser,
  5. Abeka Adjei – Botchwey            –  Health Adviser
  6. Patrick Asante-Nuro  –  Legal Adviser
  7. Kwabena Nketia Addae         –  Member
  8. Christiana Baah        –  Member
  9. George Kwaku Ankomah        –  Member
  10. Patrick Awuku Owusu  –  Member
  11. Mawuli Dzodzomenyo  –  Member

The Outgoing President Nana Dr. Michael Agyekum Addo in his Congratulatory message to the elected members said, they must engage so much in public activities so as to let the public see more of the society. He assured the current executives his preparedness to support them and will avail his rich experience to the incoming executives to propel the society to a higher pedestal in expanding the frontiers of humanitarian work in the Country.

Speaking on behalf of the elected executives, the president-elect Lawyer Kwame Gyimah Akwafo congratulated all outgoing executives for the good work done and indicated that the new executives are ready to tap from the rich experience of the old executives to place the Ghana Red Cross Society on the world’s map. He charged the new executives to see their victory as a forward march for the Society and not their individual honours.

GHANA RED CROSS SOCIETY HOLDS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

The Ghana Red Cross Society, held its annual General Assembly at Abba Bentil lecture hall in Koforidua in the Eastern on the theme “applying business models to deliver humanitarian services”. The annual event serves as an occasion for officeholders at the national level to account for their stewardship to the house as part of their mandate. It also serves as a platform for the Secretary-General to put before the house, the state of affairs for the society and way forward.

Speaking at the forum, a renowned entrepreneur who is the outgoing president of the society, Dr Nana Micheal Addo Agyekum outlined some remarkable achievements he and his team made for the society since they took over power in 2013.

He noted that the issue of sustainability and accountability which was very low since 2010 within the international federation of Red Cross has now been salvaged. He indicated that a new Act which is in the pipeline is awaiting cabinet approval.

He explained that the new act will further push the government on its roles towards the society as in the absorption of salaries for workers and tax exemptions for them when they import ambulances or vehicles to be used for humanitarian services.

He recounted how he gave a new facelift to the society’s headquarters by building a three-story structure and renovated some regional offices including the Northern, Central, Upper East, Western and Eastern Region.

The outgoing president also mentioned how a debt of three hundred thousand (GHC 300,000) Ghana Cedis owed to SSNIT has been cleared.

He indicated that some youth numbering a thousand have been given some entrepreneurial training to prevent them from engaging in social vices.

He admonished the incoming executives to uphold the internally generated fund routes which he has introduced such as the introduction of the Aqua red water project, the incorporation of corporate members and the ‘3701’text message system to continue to generate income for the society.

The astute entrepreneur in his concluding remarks admonished all to be keen with integrity and to add up to Red Cross with their great experiences. According to him, it was his integrity that pushed him so high the ladder that he has been nominated to serve on the compliance committee in the International Federation of Red Cross.

Speaking at the general meeting the Kontehene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, Nana Baffour Tutu Boateng congratulated Dr. Nana Micheal Addo Agyekum for his meritorious services for the Red Cross society and his subsequent nomination to the compliance committee of the Federation of Red Cross and charged the chiefs present to immolate same and also aspire to greater heights

GHANA RED CROSS SOCIETY DONATES CASHLESS WATER SYSTEM FENASO NKWANTA

Nana Yaw Asare cutting the ribbons

The Ghana Red Cross Society in collaboration with Nestle Ghana has installed a Cashless Water System (CWS) in Fenaso Nkwanta in the Ashanti region following the perennial water storage in the community.

The intervention, which is the first of its kind to be rolled out as part of the Ghana WASH Phase II Project, is intended to be a Sustainable Water Project which will be installed in 11 selected communities in the Ashanti and Eastern regions respectively.

Fenaso Nkwanta is a cocoa growing community in the Amansie Central District in the Ashanti Region. With a population of one thousand and twenty-one people (1,021), majority of the people in the community are youth of school-going age.

There are currently four hand pumps that serve the people in the community out of which two are non-functional.

The CWS constructed by Maji Foundation, which includes an iron removal plant, is expected to serve six hundred (600) people in the community.

The CWS was dedicated to the chief and the people of the community to help ease the stress that comes with using the hand pump, and to improve the sanitation situation of residents.

Madam Afia Konadu, a cocoa farmer and a mother-of-eight, lamented that her children had to wake up as early as 4:30 am to join the queue of early birds at the standpipe before they could get a bucket of water each to bath before going to school.

She said they could no longer fetch water from the river because of the activities of illegal miners, so the entire community depended on the two hand pumps functioning in the community which was not sufficient to serve all of them.

The Odikro of Fenaso Nkwanta, Nana Yaw Asare, expressed joy at how the Ghana Red Cross Society had remembered them in their series of projects to be undertaken in the region.

He also commended the National Society for installing the water system in the community.

Nana Yaw Asare, said they would cherish the water system, ensure its usage to the benefit of the people and will go all out to sustain it as well.

He further appealed to the Ghana Red Cross Society to help build an additional toilet facility for the community.

Addressing the people, Mr. Kenneth Frimpong, the Technical Engineer of Community Water Sanitation and Hygiene (CWSA) said they would help the community set up a committee to oversee the smooth running of the Cashless Water System.

He also urged them to maintain the Cashless Water System.

The Project Director for Maji Foundation, Mr. Sunil Lalvani, acknowledged their partnership with the Ghana Red Cross Society, saying they have constructed a number of Cashless Water System in many communities in the three Northern Regions of Ghana but this is the first time they have included an iron removal plant and will inculcate this plants in all their subsequent projects.

Dr. Eric Asamoah Darko, the Head of Business Operations Management for the Ghana Red Cross Society, applauded the chief and people of Fenaso Nkwanta for maintaining the boreholes and toilets which were donated to the community two years ago.

He entreated them to preserve the water system and encouraged people to buy the token.

Dr Darko called on the chief and people to place a premium on the Cashless Water System and went on to appeal to the chief to help increase Red Cross’ membership in the community.

The aged in the community were also very much delighted as the water system was closer to them.

“Crossing the road has always been difficult for me, but now that the water system is closer to my house, I am really happy” said Agya Kojo Osei, a 58-years old farmer.

Savannah Region: How Red Cross Mothers Support Quadruplet Mother to Deliver Safely at Health Facility

Red Cross Mothers support quadruplet mother to deliver safely at a health facility. The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) in collaboration with the Ghana Health Services (GHS) is implementing Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) Project in 120 needy and hard to reach communities across 10 districts in both Northern and Upper East Regions of Ghana. The community-based intervention, which is being implemented through the use of GRCS Mothers Clubs was intended to complement the government’s efforts to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in the project beneficiary communities.

The activities of these dedicated and committed women have impacted significantly over the years in their respective communities. They promote healthy maternal and child health practices with special emphasis on antenatal care, skilled delivery and postnatal care among others.

The support of these groups of women led to the safe delivery of quadruplets at Tari Health Centre in the North Gonja District of the Savanna Region of Ghana. The Red Cross Mothers in the Singa community identified the pregnant mother. She was taken through the importance of antenatal care and skilled delivery and other maternal related health messages. When the labour signs began to show, the pregnant mother informed the Red Cross mothers. Four of them quickly escorted her to the Tari Health Centre for skilled delivery.

The mother and the 4 babies were immediately referred to the Tamale Teaching Hospital by the midwife for further medical care at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Northern Regional Secretariat of the Ghana Red Cross Society, led by the Project Coordinator Mr Evans Kevi visited the postnatal mother and the babies at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital to ascertain the condition of the babies and their mother. The team made donations (cash and non-food items) for the upkeep of the mother and the babies.

Narrating the condition of the mother and the babies, the in-charge of the unit informed the team of the need for additional support to the children with babies feed when they are discharged as the breastmilk of the mother cannot suffice the babies. The Red Cross Mothers will provide the needed support to the mother and babies when they are discharged by ensuring a healthy and hygienic environment to avoid infections. The mother and the babies will also be supported by sanitary materials and food items.

The Ghana Red Cross Society MNCH project is currently operating in nine communities in the North Gonja District of the Savanna Region. These include Dissah, Wawato, Grubagu, Yagbon and Somum. The others are Gbasimpa, Singa, Guo, and Solugu. The efforts of the Red Cross mothers are contributing to positive change to the community behaviour and practices related to maternal and child health.

The GRCS Mothers’ Clubs are groups of trained women volunteers supporting Red Cross activities in their respective communities. They are the agents through which the MNCH activities are implemented. Being knowledgeable, known and respected mothers in their communities they are trusted and able to easily reach out to their fellow mothers thus contributing to maternal and child health in their respective communities.

Credit: Ghana News Agency (GNA).

GRCS presents Disaster Risk Reduction tools to communities in Bongo

The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) in collaboration with the Swiss Red Cross (SRC) has presented some Disaster Risk Reduction tools to some disaster-prone communities in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region.

The tools, which included Life Jackets, Fire Extinguishers, Shovels and Pickaxes, cutlasses, Wheel Barrows, Veronica Buckets, Rescue ropes, bicycles and First Aid kits, were given to five selected communities to help prevent and manage the incidence of disasters.

The gesture, which was given to communities including Ania –Kunkua, Asebga, Atonobugoro, Asebre and Azorsidaana, was part of efforts to help train Community-Based Management Volunteers in the disaster zones in the District to help curb and deal with disaster issues.

Mr Paul Wooma, the Upper East Regional Manager of the GRCS, explained that the presentation of the tools was in fulfilment of the promise his outfit and the SRC made during the training of the Community Preparedness Response Teams last year.

He mentioned that last year the GRCS in collaboration with NADMO, the Forestry Commission and the Ghana National Fire Service trained 400 selected community members in Community Disaster  Preparedness and Response and mentioned the beneficiary Districts as  Bongo, Nabdam, Binduri, and the Kassena-Nankana Municipal.

The Regional Manager stated that before the training was organized, a baseline survey was conducted with funding support from the SRC to establish the Disaster-prone areas in the above-mentioned beneficiary Districts.

He called on the government to place more premiums on disaster prevention instead of waiting for them to strike before the country uses huge sums of money to respond to a disaster when they occur.

Mr Peter Ayamga Ayinbisa, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bongo, who received the items on behalf of the communities, commended GRCS and the SRC for presenting Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) tools to his district.

The DCE, who stated that the Bongo District was among the disaster-prone Districts in the region, indicated that apart from those five disaster-prone areas, there were still many communities in the District which were also disaster endemic.

He cited for instance that but for the assistance of the Community Based Management Volunteers in the District trained by the GRCS and its development partners including the SRC and the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), many vulnerable groups in the area particularly children, women and the aged would have lost their lives during the last rainy season as result of flooded rivers and streams.

Whilst calling on the Community Based Management Volunteers to use the DRR tools for their intended purposes, the DCE appealed to the communities to desist from practising open defecation and indiscriminate burning and littering of the environment.

Bonaba Baba Salifu Atamale Lemyaarum, the Paramount Chief of the Bongo Traditional Area, also impressed upon the Community Based Management Volunteers to work hard to justify the confidence reposed on them.

He expressed worry about the indiscriminate felling of trees for sale and charcoal production and warned those who were engaged in such activities to desist from that and to embark upon vigorous tree growing to replace the lost vegetation.

Credit: Ghana News Agency (GNA)

GHANA RED CROSS MARKS WORLD WATER DAY

commissioning of a hand pump at Kofipare in the Eastern Region

Ghana Red Cross Society in partnership with Nestle Ghana has held a community durbar to commission a hand pump water at Kofi Pare, to join in the celebration of UN World Water Day, on Friday, March 22, 2019, with the theme ‘ Leaving no one Behind’. The event was used to raise awareness on the importance of water, sanitation and good hygiene which in all contributes to the economic development of the community, and also to raise global awareness on how nature can be explored to address water challenges, including pollution threats of new and re-emerging water-related and sanitation-related diseases which are threats to livelihoods.

The project evolved from the Ghana Sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project (Gha- WASH), a long term partnership between Nestle Ghana and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) that started since 2002. This partnership is in accordance with Nestlé’s Creating Shared Valued concept and the IFRC Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI), which recognizes the importance of fostering a more favourable environment for rural communities with a special focus on helping communities sustain development through improved water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Nestle Ghana; main sponsor of the project was happy to be part of such a life-changing initiative by IFRC. Mr Benjamin Paintsil, communications specialist for Nestle Ghana indicated that this project is their quota to helping Ghana attain the Sustainable Development Goal 6, which calls for clean water and sanitation for all people by 2030. He further explained that the people contributed to making this vision a reality by purchasing products like Ideal Milk, Milo, Maggi cube and the rest and urged them to continue to buy from them so the project can reach other neighbouring communities that lack access to safe drinking water.

IFRC Delegate for WASH project Mr Abel Augustinio, however, gave a background of the wash project, “IFRC has pledged to reach over 30million people globally with clean water and sanitation within the next 10 years of which Ghana is inclusive”, he further explained.

He further applauded Nestle Ghana for their support so far and called on all Ghanaians to make this vision of IFRC a possible one.

Mr Bikinteeb Annang, WASH Coordinator for Ghana Red Cross Society urged the people to try as much as possible to protect the hand pump water constructed for the community and most importantly their water bodies. He further explained that in their fishing activities, it is necessary to exercise caution not pollute the water bodies with harmful chemicals.

Kofi Pare is a small Akim town, about ten miles north of Asamankese, they are mainly cocoa farmers and fisher folks. Nana Kwame Opare Amaadi on behalf of the chief of the town expressed his joy over the project and he believes it will go a long way to improve the lives of the people in the community. He commended Red Cross for their love for humanity and also said a big thank you to all donors most especially Nestle Ghana. He also called for such developmental projects in the community and other communities within the municipality to enhance the lives of the people.

Parents also expressed their joy of having the hand pump water in the community as it will not just give them access to safe water but also improve their lives. “Our children had to travel all the way to Ayensu River to get water before going to school, hence they are always late for school and not doing well in class. Having this water will really help us”, Madam Margaret Bene Boakye, a mother of four expressed.

Ghana Red Cross under takes Relief Operations to support Families and Communities affected by the Northern Floods – October 2018

The recent heavy rains in the North and the Spilling of the Waters in the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso caused massive disruptions in the lives of the People and Communities in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West regions.
Lives were lost (over 15 deaths have so far been officially recorded). Destroyed also were Houses and other Properties. Livelihoods including thousands of hectares of farmlands were also not spared the destruction.
Ghana Red Cross executing its mandate of providing relief and humanitarian support to the vulnerable during Emergencies and Disasters as a Government auxiliary launch an appeal to its partners to enable it provide support to the most vulnerable victims identified during its needs assessment.

Swiss Red Cross, a Partner National Society of Ghana Red Cross responded positively. This support has resulted in the following relief response by the National Society.

The Ghana Red Cross undertook a rapid needs assessment of the most affected communities in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO). The objective was to provide evidence based data to support planning, decision-making and appropriate support for the affected. The Red Cross trained volunteers in the communities are currently providing Emergency First Aid.
Based on the Needs assessment, the National Society decided to focus on the following areas using the Swiss Red Cross Support. In the Northern region the support covers the following districts; kassena –Nankana, Bulsa North, Binduri, Talensi and Garu Tempane. In the Northern region the support targets Central and Norther Gonja districts. In all 2000, families (average of 5 persons per family) are benefiting.

So far temporary shelter has been provided to a few of the most affected families. In the Upper East region, a total of twenty (20) family tents were pitched for sixteen (16) most affected families in Kologu Zuo and Kologu Tor. These affected families were sleeping in a Community Centre and a School respectively. The Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia who also donated some food and non-food items to the communities on seeing the temporary shelter commended the Red Cross for the shelter support to the two communities.

Transporting Shelter kits to affected communities Leader of CDPRT in Adape receiving the kits
In Sandema North District, four (04) most affected families as a result of the torrential rainfall also benefitted from the tents.
The destroyed house of a family in Sandema. Temporary shelter for the displaced family Sandema
Furthermore, thirty (30) families in four communities have been assisted with shelter kits. The communities are, Adape (a DRR community), Nyame ndaaye, Avogome, and Camp.

Shelter kits provided for temporary refuge after the floods
In addition to the Shelter support, the Ghana Red Cross has deployed Volunteers to the affected communities on social mobilization for promotion of Personal Hygiene and sanitation towards Epidemic prevention and Control. The volunteers’ activities include house-to-house campaigns, Community durbars and Community Radio talks and programs with Phone in sessions.

To add up to the above activities, Ghana Red Cross under the Swiss Red Cross Support is currently providing the under listed Nonfood Relief items to 2200 families ( Average of 5 persons per family.
I. Key Soap ———— 10,0000 pcs
II. Blankets ————- 4000 pcs
III. Mats …………. …….4000 pcs
IV. Plastic Buckets (20 Lt) with lid ————- 2500 pcs
In the Upper East the support covers 1700 families and in the Northern Region 500 families. The items are already in the field and are pre-positioned for distribution.

Further to the Swiss Red Cross support, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has also approved support of Relief items to cover 1000 families. The package also includes Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs (WASH). Volunteers will mobilize the community and sensitize them on Wash. In addition, contaminated boreholes will be decontaminated and the broken down ones repaired.

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Regional Mother’s Club facilitator forum held in Sunyani

A regional Mother’s club facilitators, forum has been organised for the regional mothers of the Ghana Red Cross Society in Sunyani. The purpose of the meeting was to meet the women to discuss issues affecting their programmes and also take decision to help the executives run the affairs for the development of the club.

The mother’s club was formed to train mothers in their regions and communities and also to provide them with the materials needed to help them take good care of themselves and their children.

Regional Mothers Club facilitators from the regions attended the forum. At the forum, Mr. Obeng National First Aid Coordinator advised that first aid programmes should once a while be organized for the mothers to take them through the training and also give them other motivational materials to work and also do community cleaning and other health educations in general.

He also went further to explain that the collaboration between the various regions and their districts mother’s club facilitators has poor communication towards the programme and its activities and therefore measures are to be taken to improve the communication between these regions and their mothers club facilitators.

The Vice President of the Ghana Red Cross Society, Dr. Jacob Abebrese as part of his working tour in the Region addressed the mothers and drew their attention to the fact that their lamentations have reached the National Headquarters, he said explain that, there have been massive changes in the Ghana Red Cross society, at the headquarters and some regional offices but it was unfortunate that The mothers club are facing certain temporal challenges.

He further stated that it was not of best interest for the various ranks to work in isolation, they are all linked together and working hand in hand, In the districts they should know who tasks should be reported to ”The good work Red Cross is doing should be acknowledged everywhere in the country. The harm had already been caused and it was our duty to protect what is left”.

At the forum, resolutions were made by the executives that the mothers’ club facilitator should be a council member and the involvement of mothers’ clubs facilitators in meetings and decision making at all levels.

The forum members suggested that there should be a reporting system that works directly from the district to regions and to the head office, that way it will be easier for the heads to know when there is a broken link so that measures will be taken to correct and fix these hindrances.

They also agreed that there should be monitoring and reporting format for the regional mother’s clubs facilitators for visiting the districts and communities. It was also brought to the notice at the forum that, communication is something that is hindering the work between the regional MCFs and their managers and the district MCFs. The communication must continue to the district level so that there will be free flow of information’s and other things necessary.

In his last statement Dr. Abebrese opined to the women that they are the executive leaders of the mothers club and urged them not to stick to the status quo and always challenge the works that were being done with the interest of knowing every details and questioning them and with well organisation, proper planning, well coordination, control, proper monitoring and evaluations the mothers club facilitator is going to be a success.

Red Cross holds Youth Camp in the Upper West Region

About 100 youths from all over the country participated in this year’s biennial youth camp meeting organized by Red Cross society of Ghana in the Upper West region. The camp was held under the theme, “Rekindling the volunteer sprit for humanitarian action”.

The theme was aimed at sustaining the interest of the Ghanaian youth through volunteerism in the country. This year’s youth camp targeted on health education in selected areas in the Upper West Region under the project name “Mecfa”.  The camp meeting was to train the youth in Leadership Skills, Entrepreneurial Skills, First Aid, Health Promotions and Community Development Skills to ensure that the youths are able to educate their communities on how to manage disasters and also to reduce risks of disasters in the community.

In a speech read by the Deputy Regional Minster for the Upper West, Dr. Mohammed Mushiebu Alfa, said, it is very sad that the youth in the country are fast losing the spirit of volunteering. He also went ahead to state that due to the sudden craze for money in the society, the youth has turned up to be an individual society just thinking about money and this attitude must be put to a stop.

Dr. Alfa commended the Ghana Red Cross society for holding the youth camp there for the first time in the Upper West region stating that this could be a gateway for the Upper West region to market itself to other parts of Ghana and the outside world. At the opening of the camp meeting, Red Cross was encouraged to create the awareness on the effects of HIV/AIDS and its prevention amongst the youth.

The Secretary General for the Ghana Red Cross Society, Mr. Samuel Kofi Addo, with his team comprising Mr Alex Lanbon (Finance and Administrative Manager), Mr. Francis Obeng (First Aid Coordinator, Mr Louis Anopong Okyere ( Communications Manager) was at the camp

Mr. Addo, advised the youth to take the trainings at the camp very serious and must also show a spirit of volunteerism in to support the Society, he said they should gain more information from the Health Department to get the massages on Cholera, Ebola among others so that when need arises they can bring to bear the t skills and that they should take it serious. He recommended them for their time invested in the camp especially those travelling from far to attend the camp.