Red Cross and Nestle hand over solar water system to Amanhyia community

Ghana Red Cross Society and its partners (Nestle Ghana Limited, Project Maji and CWSA) have handed over a mechanized solar water system to the chiefs and people of Amanhyia, a farming community in the Suhum Municipality of the Eastern Region.

The facility, which is under the Ghana water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project, was initiated in 2016 to support communities with safe water and sanitation facilities and will serve some 4000 residents in Amanhyia and its environs.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony at Amanhyia, as part of activities to mark this year’s World Water Day (WWD), Mr Georgios Badaro, Managing Director, Nestle Ghana Limited, said the gesture was part of the Company’s contribution towards attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

He said the facility was the 68th water system by Nestle, serving over 119,543 residents in 64 communities in the Eastern and the Ashanti Regions.

Mr Badaro said, eight more boreholes were under construction and would soon be completed and handed over to the communities for use.

He said the partnership between Nestle and International Red Cross had also produced 23 sanitation facilities serving residents of the two regions.

Mr Badaro said Nestle was committed to its purpose of “unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone today and for generations to come.”

He urged the public to live by the theme for this year’s World Water Day, “Valuing Water” to ensure sustainability of the resource.


Mr Samuel Kofi Addo, Secretary General, Ghana Red Cross Society, said access to safe and reliable water and sanitation provided the foundation for meaningful progress along humanitarian work to the development of communities given the impact of COVID-19.

He said the National Society would ensure easy access to water equitably enjoyed by all in project communities, especially for women, children, and people with disability.

Mr Addo said Ghana WASH phase II would focus on water point rehabilitation and construction, expansion and development of mechanized systems equipped with solar power systems and support through gravity distribution networks.

He said volunteers and vendors were trained to manage and ensure regular maintenance to ensure the sustainability of the facility.

Nana Akwasi Baffour II, Chief of Amanhyia, thanked Nestle Ghana, Red Cross Society and other partners for the interventions.

He said prior to the construction of the water system, the community relied mainly on an unsafe source of water, which was far from the community

GHANA RED CROSS SOCIETY, WESTERN REGIONAL BRANCH HOLDS IT’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)

New elected executives of the GRCS Western Regional branch

The Western Regional Branch of Ghana Red Cross Society on Saturday 13th March 2021 held the annual general meeting (A.G.M) at Bogoso St. Augustine Senior High School assembly Hall.

The meeting was attended by the Secretary General (Mr Samuel Kofi Addo), Finance and Admin Manager (Mr Alex Lanbon) from Headquarters, Accra.

The outgoing Regional Chairman (Dr Edward Donkoh) and the Board, the Regional Manager (Mr Benjamin Acquah) and the staff, the Volunteer Staffs, All District Chairmen, Organisers, members and stakeholders were in attendance.

The meeting started at 10.40am.

Various reports were read. District reports, secretarial report and financial report.

The Regional Manager (Mr Benjamin Acquah) highlighted on several activities of

Red Cross Society has embarked on in the Region.

Western Regional branch AGM

He highlighted on the total membership of the Red Cross being 6,981 in all the districts in the region. Strategies such as:

  • Empowering the mothers clubs and chapters through livelihood support activities like batik tie and die, soap making and shoe making.
  • Sending text messages to individuals and groups inviting them to register to be members of Red Cross society.
  • Visiting churches to give talk and inviting them to join the society.
  • During the covid-19 education, market women, drivers and some individuals expressed their desire to join the society

The Manager also spoke about the following being key achievements being:

  • The massive memberships drive in the schools yielded huge results.
  • Increased visibility through risk communication and mass education of Covid-19.
  • Most of our members have been trained in first aid and certified.
  • Through the intervention, the society has trained 86 volunteers in 41 communities in 10 districts across the region.
  • The Society also donated PPE’s to various chip compounds, schools, market places as well as lorry stations in all 41 communities.
  • Comprehensive data base has been initiated to input and record the details of all registered members in the region.

After the report, the forum was open for members to express their opinion.

Elections were held and the following were elected as Regional board;

Frank Ofosu-Asante – Regional Chairman

Kenneth Dormah – Vice Chairman

Maame Ekua Afra   –  Treasurer

Dr Augustine Kwesi Amoako – Regional Health Advisor

Kamara Huseini  – Regional Youth Rep.

Immanuel Owu-Ewie  – PRA

Akpene Darko-Cobbinah – Legal Advisor

Dr.Edward Donkoh – Regional Committee Member

Gabriel Amihere – Regional Committee Member

Gordon Kojo Mensah – RegionalCommitte Member

Stephen Kobla Johnson – Regional Committee Member.

The newly elected executives thanked and assured the members that they will put up their maximum best in ensuring that organization keep up the good work being done to keep up the good name of the Society.

International Federation of Red Cross pledges technical support for members

The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) will provide guidance and technical support, especially in resource mobilisation to members to deliver on their mandate.

Mr Abel Augustinio, IFRC Delegate to Ghana, said the Red Cross played crucial roles in advancing the socio-economic development of countries across the globe, especially in times of disaster and disease outbreaks.

He said transparency and accountability were crucial in the work of every public institution and urged the GRCS to be transparent and accountable in its activities.

Mr Augustinio, who was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at a Council meeting of the GRCS in Ho, implored the GRCS to have regular engagement with stakeholders and the media on its activities to make it more visible to attract support.

He commended the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) for continuously addressing pertinent challenges of the vulnerable in society despite inadequate financial resources.

Mr Augustinio lauded the GRCS for redefining its vision to commensurate with its 2021/2025 strategic plan.

He also extolled the GRCS for the organizations in the regions and 60,000 volunteers across the country and described it as a huge achievement.

He called on the citizens to support the GRCS to continue with its mandate.

Mr Augustinio described the five-year strategic plan of the GRCS as appropriate in dealing with emerging issues.

Mr Kwame Gyimah-Akwafo, President of the GRCS, said the meeting was to bring the Council up to speed on activities being executed regarding the implementation of the 2016/2020 strategic plan of the Society.

He said it was also to take stock of the shortfalls of the period under review, look at the gaps in terms of resource mobilization and to see how best to address the challenges when carrying out the 2021/2025 strategic plan.

Mr Gyimah-Akwafo said though the outbreak of the coronavirus had some serious toll on the implementation of the GRCS’s 2016/2020 strategic plan, a significant number of its objectives were achieved.

He said the 2021/2025 strategic plan would focus on key priority areas, including communication and visibility, resource mobilization, risks management and systems strengthening, institutional development, human resource capacity development, branches and implementing structures development.

Mr Gyimah-Akwafo said the GRCS as a member of the IFRC would continue to develop and implement plans that would help alleviate the plight of the people, especially the vulnerable and appealed for support from all.

He said the GRCS carried out several interventions aimed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, including distribution of personal protective equipment and community engagement to educate the people on the need to comply with the safety protocols.

Volta GRC Boss Appeals For Support to Volta Youth

 

The Regional Manager of the Volta Ghana Red Cross Society, Mr Gershon Koffi Dzokoto has appealed to Ghana ICT Skills Hub (GISH) foundation to find a way to adopt some youth in the Volta region so that, these youth can benefit from GISH’s international voluntary program.

He made this appeal during a presentation of some books and stationery to the Volta Regional Red Cross Library by GISH foundation as part of their “Ubuntu” project activities.

According to Mr Dzokoto,  his outfit is ever ready to welcome the GISH foundation in such project.

However, the Regional Vice Chairman of the Red Cross Society, Mr Wilson Dordzi, said the gesture has been a surprise to them as he noted that, most people think they will only see Red Cross material when they visit their library.

He observed that, with these books and others, the interest in reading will be inculcated among the young ones.

He also called on stakeholders and other benevolent individuals and groups to assist them to renovate their library structure.

Source: www.voltaonlinegh.com

GISH foundation donates to Volta Red Cross Library

Ghana ICT Skills Hub (GISH) Foundation has donated books and other stationery to the Ghana Red Cross Society library in the Volta Regional capital, Ho, as part of their Ubuntu project activities.

According to Mr Evans Gyakye, the Content and Programs Manager, GISH foundation is embarking on a program dubbed “Ubuntu” to seek and connect classrooms of different learning and different cultures across borders so that, they can be able to exchange our learning abilities from one place to another.

“We chose the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRC) to donate some of the learning materials because Ghana Red Cross is a national asset which has a connection to many of the schools in Ghana” he stated.

He said, since it relates to humanitarian services, their outfit believed that handling these books to the students through the GRC will enable the students inculcate the habit of reading.

He said the foundation also hopes that schools in the United Kingdom will be able to have a relationship with schools in Ghana and more especially the deprive ones so that, they will be able to exchange their learning cultures

They noted that “many students here in Ghana don’t really understand why they have to go to school. In fact, there is little pressure to go to school because they would want to be street children who are hustling doing their own stuff outside of school. So this project is going to connect the brains of students to have a desire for school, desire to learn and to know”

Receiving the items, the Regional Manager of the Volta Ghana Red Cross Society, Mr Gershon Koffi Dzokoto, expressed his gratitude to GISH foundation for their kind gesture and appeal to the foundation for more collaborations.

He explained that “The books are going to help our young ones a lot because, before, they have been coming here willing to read but most at times when they come, they don’t find books that will interest them in the office but with the arrival of these material it will help them a lot”

He noted that GISH has been very kind to the GRC adding that, the book will go a long way to help the young ones as it is the expectation of the office that, their library is going to be enriched which in effect is also going to help the youth groups who always come to ask for books to study.

Source: www.voltaonlinegh.com

COVID-19: Vaccines alone will not end pandemic, warns IFRC

Mabaruma, Guyana: Melissa Lewis talks about staying safe and healthy during COVID-19, while the Guyana Red Cross team delivers hygiene kits to communities living along the rivers. These communities are impacted by COVID-19, and it is difficult to access cleaning and hygiene items because of distances and lockdown measures.

With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out across many countries, the world’s largest humanitarian network is once again warning that vaccines alone will not end the pandemic. People need to remain vigilant and continue to adhere to basic preventative measures that include physical distancing, wearing masks and handwashing.

Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said:

The humbling reality is this pandemic is only gaining momentum, a stark reminder that vaccines alone will not end this fight. We all need to make sure that, in our optimism about vaccines, we do not forget the dangers of this virus or the actions we all need to take to protect ourselves and each other.

“COVID-19 is still killing thousands of people every single day. We each have a responsibility to stay vigilant and to practice the preventative measures that will curb the spread.

All people, even those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, must continue to physically distance, stay home as much as possible, wear a mask to protect themselves and their communities and thoroughly wash their hands. Patience is key, and commitment is essential. The ability to keep each other safe and healthy is literally in our hands.”

A second variant, 501Y.V2, which was recently discovered in South Africa, has been detected in at least six additional countries, and comes at a time when the African continent is in the grips of its worst-ever COVID-19 period. Over the past four weeks, Africa has experienced a continuous increase in new cases and deaths.

The IFRC is also bracing for a further surge in cases following the holiday period, which saw millions of people around the world travel and gather with relatives and friends. A proven, consistent driver of the pandemic has been the gathering of people indoors from different households without face coverings or masks. The IFRC warns that countries should be prepared to see a possible increase in infections soon.

Emanuele Capobianco, IFRC’s Director of Health, said:

We are very concerned about this convergence of a potential false sense of security due to the rollout of vaccines, the emergence of new variants, and the impact of holiday-season travel. Our first line of defence against the virus remains our individual behaviour. Beyond this, the ability of Governments to take swift actions based on scientific evidence is also key to slowing down the pandemic.

Vaccines will help, but unless we all remain vigilant, and unless their deployment is accelerated across the world in a fair and equitable manner, the entire world remains at risk.”

Source:www.ifrc.org

Update on COVID -19 and the Necessary Measures to take.

COVID-19 Case Count per Region

S/N Region Case Count
1 Greater Accra Region 25,265
2 Ashanti Region 11,076
3 Western Region 3,025
4 Eastern Region 2,503
5 Central Region 1,940
6 Bono East Region 787
7 Volta Region 685
8 Western North Region 659
9 Bono Region 619
10 Northern Region 551
11 Ahafo Region 528
12 Upper East Region 359
13 Oti Region 243
14 Upper West Region 90
15 Savannah Region 62
16 North East Region 19

 

The Ministry of Health has through the Ghana Health Service issued a directive urging all Citizens to wear a Nose mask in all Public places where it is difficult to maintain Social Distancing.

The general public is encouraged to wear a mask covering when going out whether sick or not or attending to a sick person. The incorrect use of the face mask carries a high risk of infection. To avoid the contamination, infection or transmission of the virus, the following instructions are provided;

Procedures of wearing and removing a mask

  • Clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer before putting on a mask
  • Ensure that your mask fully covers your mouth and nose with no gaps between your face and mask
  • Avoid touching the mask after you have won it
  • Remove a mask by passing a finger through the loop of the mask behind one ear and lift off without touching the front of the mask- Never Touch The Front Of The Mask

Nestlé, Red Cross donate equipment and supplies to GHS to help support management of coronavirus cases

In the wake of COVID-19, Nestlé and the Ghana Red Cross Society partnered to support the fight against the pandemic.

Through the partnership, food and beverages were distributed to 50,000 families, non-functioning water points in selected markets are being rehabilitated, hand washing stations are provided at vantage locations to facilitate correct and frequent hand washing among others.

As part of the support, Medical and Personal Protective Equipment including 1 Anesthetic Machine, 1 Slit Lamp, 10 Infrared thermometers, 10 Digital BP testing apparatuses, 1 set of mobile ECG 6 channel, 1 set of mobile ECG 12 channel, patient monitor and 100 disposable gowns totaling GHS323,697 have been donated to the Tema General Hospital.

Dr. Anthony Ofosu, Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Health Service received the items on behalf of the Hospital to aid the management of COVID-19. In his remark, Dr. Ofosu thanked Nestlé Ghana and the Red Cross for their kind gesture.


“These equipment have come in at the right time and the use will go beyond COVID-19 and support the provision of other health services. We look forward to more collaboration to continue engaging and educating communities to continue keeping safe”.

According to Deborah Kwablah, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager at Nestlé Ghana, ensuring the health and wellbeing of individuals and families is important for the development of the nation.

“As the Good Food, Good Life company, Nestlé continues to play a significant role in providing accessible and affordable nutritious food and beverages while living our purpose of ‘unlocking the power of food to enhance the quality of life for everyone today, and for generations to come’.

I thank the Ghana Red Cross Society for their commitment to the partnership to touch lives. Our expectation is that these items will be put to good use to benefit those who seek health care’’.


Mr. Kwame Gyima-Akwafo, President of Red Cross thanked Nestlé Ghana for the cash donation for the equipment. As an auxiliary to Government, the Ghana Red Cross Society will continue to complement efforts in social mobilization, risk communication, and community engagement activities to help manage COVID-19 in Ghana.

Dr. Richard Anthony, Medical Director at Tema General Hospital receiving the equipment shared the hospital’s gratitude to Nestlé Ghana and Red Cross for the donation.

He highlighted that the equipment will go beyond the management of COVID-19 and will add to the resources of the hospital. He assured their commitment to take care of the equipment and use them for their purpose accordingly.

Ghana Health Service takes delivery of tricycle ambulances in Upper East

The Upper East Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service has taken delivery of twenty-two tricycle ambulances and 73 Haemocue (blood testing) machines for distribution to six deprived districts in the Region.

The beneficiary districts are Bongo, Binduri, Nabdam, Kassena Nankana Municipality, Pusiga and Talensi.

The facilities were provided by the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) with support from the Swiss Red Cross(SRC) at an estimated cost of  GH¢ 1 million. The package includes the provision of communication gadgets and training for the riders of the Tricycles, midwives and other health staff in the beneficiary health facilities who would be using the Haemocue machines.

It was provided under the Maternal, New-Born and Child Health Project (MNCH) being implemented in the six beneficiary districts. The tricycle ambulances would enable pregnant mothers and new born babies suffering from emergency health cases and referred to bigger health facilities to be conveyed to those health centres in a timely manner to prevent deaths and complications. On the other hand,the Haemocue machines would help improve on Haemoglobin (Oxygen carrying capacity of blood) testing of pregnant mothers suspected to be anaemic in health centres in the six beneficiary districts.

Addressing the handing over ceremony at Bolgatanga on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, the Swiss Red Cross Country Coordinator, Mr Thomas Okollah observed that since 2014, the organization had supported the MNCH project in the Upper East Region with the GRCS as the implementing agency.

He explained that the project was designed to use community volunteers organized into Ghana Red Cross Mothers’ Clubs which had complemented government’s efforts in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in the beneficiary districts.

“It came to light during the initial stage of the project that pregnant women, post-natal mothers and newborns who needed acute health services were challenged by inability to easily access health facilities due to lack of reliable means of transport” Mr Okollah stated.

He further observed that this limited access to health facilities contributed to “unpredictable pregnancy outcomes and negatively impacted maternal and child health”.

The Country Coordinator indicated that “as a need responsive organisation, Red cross procured one tricycle in 2016 as a pilot project to increase access to health facilities in a community in the Binduri district which proved successful”.

He said increased requests from the GHS at the district level and the Mothers’ Club members made the GRCS and SRC to procure additional ten tricycles in 2017 and donated them to 10 Community Health-based Planning Services (CHPS) compounds in the beneficiary districts to support the referral of pregnant mothers and children to health facilities.

Mr Okollah said further appeals from members of the Mothers’ club and the GHS for more tricycles in the beneficiary districts led to this latest intervention.

 Anaemia

The Regional Director of the GHS, Dr Winfred Ofosu acknowledged the “critical role of tricycle ambulances in community transport system especially in transporting pregnant women and newborns as well as patients with emergency health conditions from communities with lower-level facilities to higher-level health facilities for urgent medical attention”.

Dr Ofosu pointed out that Anaemia which referred to low red blood cells capacity was an important health condition in pregnancy as it could adversely affect healthy development of the unborn baby and the mother as well as cause deaths in some cases.

“The Haemocue machines would facilitate regular testing of Haemoglobin level for pregnant women and other patients to detect anaemia and avert preventable deaths,” the director noted.

Mortality

Dr Ofosu disclosed that since 2017, the proportion of pregnant women making at least four Antenatal care visits before delivery increased from 82.3 percent in 2017 to 83.5 percent in 2019 with a decline to 79.1 percent in 2018.

As expected,institutional Maternal Mortality ratio had declined over the last three years from 137.5 per 100,000 live births in 2017 to 82 per 100,000 live births in 2019.

Institutional neonatal deaths have remained stagnant but declined from 7.7 per 1,000 live births in 2017 to 6.3 per1,000 live births in 2018. It, however, rose to 8.7 per 1,000 live births in 2019.

Mothers Clubs

The President of the GRCS, Mr Kwame Gyimah Akwafo announced that there were 2,080 members of the Mothers’ Clubs in the beneficiary districts working with the organization to achieve goals of the MNCH project.

The project is also working with 80 Mothers’ clubs in 80 communities in the beneficiary districts.

The Clubs he noted had served as an important link between the beneficiary districts and health facilities on maternal and child health issues. They have also assisted in promoting mother and child health-related messages, identified danger signs in pregnant women, post-natal mothers and newborns as well as facilitated their referral to higher-level health facilities for effective medical attention.

Appreciation

The Upper East Regional Minister, Miss Tangoba Abayage in a speech read on her behalf, expressed gratitude to the GRCS and the SRC for playing a key role in reducing maternal and child mortality in the beneficiary districts.

 

Ghana Red Cross Society donates PPEs to GHS

The Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS)yesterday donated personal protective equipment to the Ghana Health Service to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The items included gloves, surgical masks, protective gowns, single-use disposable, non-woven material, resistance to fluid, glasses: Clear rigid plastic, eyes front+ sides protection worth CHF23, 397.00.

Presenting the items, in Accra yesterday, the President of GRCS, Mr Kwame Gyimah-Akwafo said the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent solicited support to assist the various national societies to help combat the spread of the deadly pandemic.

The Director-General of Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, receiving the items thanked the GRCS for the gesture and promised to use the items for its intended purpose.
Dr Kuma-Aboagye said the fight against the pandemic needed inclusive support and urged Ghanaians to continue observing the safety etiquettes.