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Oil for Food in Ghana: Mobilizing for the money on National Farmers Day

Blog: Oil for Food in Ghana: Mobilizing for the money on National Farmers Day

At the beginning of this month Ghana celebrated National Farmers Day. The success of the Oil4Food campaign, which recently persuaded the Ghanaian government to invest more of its oil revenues in smallholder farming, meant there was a lot to celebrate.

Over a quarter of Ghanaians are poor with rates of poverty particularly high amongst smallholder food farmers – particularly women.

A nurse at a hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam

Blog: In sickness and in wealth: The case for universal health care

In the time it takes you to read the title of this blog, three more people in the world will have fallen below the poverty line.

Not because of anything to do with global economics but simply because they've had to pay for medical care. What a terrible choice: Do you use your last few cents to buy medicine for your child or to put food on the table? But this is the choice facing many families in poor countries on a daily basis.

Des femmes enceintes patientent pour accéder aux soins prénataux dispensés gratuitement à l’hôpital Achimota à Accra, au Ghana

Blog: Pour un système de santé plus juste au Ghana

Le 9 mars, l’équipe d’Oxfam au Ghana publiait en collaboration avec ses partenaires locaux un nouveau rapport sur le système de santé au Ghana. Après quelques jours survoltés, je profite d’un peu de répit pour écrire ce blog et revenir sur le contenu de ce rapport (disponible en anglais) !

Women queue at Achimota Hospital in Accra, Ghana, to access the free healthcare facilites available for pregnant women. Credit: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos

Blog: Ghana’s health care – searching for a fairer system for all

Last week saw Oxfam's country team in Ghana and our partners launch a major new report on Ghana’s health care system. After a hectic few days, I now find time to catch my breath, grab a soda and write this blog!

Patricia Conduah, directrice des sages-femmes du Achimota Hospital, Ghana. Crédit : Oxfam

Blog: Etre sage-femme au Ghana

Delphine Bedel, chargée des relations médias de la campagne santé maternelle d'Oxfam France, nous donne ses premières impressions lors de sa visite récente d’une maternité dans la capitale du Ghana.

Après avoir passé  près d’une heure dans le brouhaha chaotique d’un embouteillage mêlant chaleur moite, poussières irritantes et klaxons anarchiques, j’arrive enfin à l’Achimota Hospital, hôpital de district situé au Nord d’Accra.

Patricia Conduah, Director of Midwifery at Achimota Hospital, Ghana. Credit: Oxfam

Blog: Being a midwife in Ghana

Delphine Bedel, Press Officer for Oxfam France's Maternal Health Campaign, gives a first-hand look at maternal health care, from a recent visit to the maternity ward at a hospital in Ghana's capital city.

After nearly an hour of waiting in the humid heat, irritating dust and anarchic horns of a chaotic traffic jam I finally arrive at Achimota Hospital, a district hospital in the north of Accra.

Blog: Why I will keep fighting for free health care

I know that having children is a natural, wonderful thing for a woman, but walking into small space where there are 100 pregnant women is still enough to put me a little out of my comfort zone!

Blog: After the horse-trading….

The term horse trading is an Americanism that dates back to early 19th century and refers to intricacies of assessing, bargaining and trading of horses. Apparently one had to be a shrewd dealer in order to obtain the best horse for the best price or vice versa.

Blog: Accra Aid Forum: People’s voices missing

Donors and aid recipient’s countries are not the only group interested in development aid. Again and again, civil society organizations from all over the world have been demanding a right to a say in the aid industry.

“Governments from developing countries are shamefully more accountable to donors than to citizens that have queued in poll stations to cast their votes to elect their leaders” – described some of the groups I met with during the civil society for better aid event in Accra.

Blog: One nation with one destiny

"We are one people; we are one nation; we have one destiny," sang a group of musicians at the opening of the Civil Society Forum on Aid Effectiveness taking in place in Accra, Ghana from August 31 through September 1st.

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