Ghana

Instructor Akua Amoako Yeboah with a child at the early intervention center. 

Caregivers in Ghana work to demystify autism and push for inclusion

Developmental brain disorders are rarely discussed in Ghana. A lack of adequate awareness and facilities for early diagnosis makes it tough to manage. And children with special needs often face discrimination in terms of inadequate health care, education and social engagement.

Caregivers in Ghana work to demystify autism and push for inclusion
Motherly Love Orphanage

This orphanage in Ghana provides hope — and acceptance — to children living with HIV

This orphanage in Ghana provides hope — and acceptance — to children living with HIV
The exterior of the newly opened Dikan Center for photography in Accra, Ghana.

The new Dikan Center in Ghana displays a collection of photography from across Africa

The new Dikan Center in Ghana displays a collection of photography from across Africa
From left to right: Yeleyeni Songsore and her Ghanaian husband; Mawiyah Kambon and Kamal Kambon; Kwaku Asantu Maroon Asare.

‘This is where I should be’: 1,500 Black Americans make Ghana their new home

‘This is where I should be’: 1,500 Black Americans make Ghana their new home
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West African countries adopt new strategies to encourage COVID-19 vaccination  

West African countries adopt new strategies to encourage COVID-19 vaccination  
Protesters wield placards asking, "Mr. President, where is our money" at a recent protest against soaring food and fuel prices.

‘The country is on its knees’: Ghana seeks IMF bailout amid economic woes, teachers’ strike 

In a huge reversal for Ghanaian President Akufo-Addo, the government is seeking a loan from the International Monetary Fund to tackle Ghana’s economic woes.

‘The country is on its knees’: Ghana seeks IMF bailout amid economic woes, teachers’ strike 
Residents of the Accra suburb of Alajo patch up a road after severe flooding destroyed it.

'Everything is destroyed': Extreme flooding in Ghana tests climate resilience

Accra has been hit with heavy rain and flash flooding in May and June, leaving many experts worried about the city’s capacity for climate resilience if trends continue. 

'Everything is destroyed': Extreme flooding in Ghana tests climate resilience
Kassim Ahmed stands by his okra crop. He's been farming for 26 years.

‘Too little too late’: Ghana’s small farmers worry fertilizer aid won’t arrive in time to avert food crisis

The African Development Bank Group has pledged $1.5 billion to tackle a massive fertilizer shortage across the continent, but smallholder farmers in Ghana worry that it may already be too late to avert a food crisis.

‘Too little too late’: Ghana’s small farmers worry fertilizer aid won’t arrive in time to avert food crisis
Achimota forest in Accra's only surviving greenbelt, leaving many Ghanaians concerned about its planned rezoning.

Accra’s only surviving greenbelt is under threat. Ghanaians are fighting to protect it. 

Leaked government documents suggest a portion of the Achimota Forest Reserve could be rezoned for development, sparking a major outcry among residents and conservationists. 

Accra’s only surviving greenbelt is under threat. Ghanaians are fighting to protect it. 
kids at a museum

Ghana’s school kids go hungry after caterers quit amid soaring food prices

Many students who rely on the national free lunch program risk going hungry after Ghana’s school caterers went on strike. 

Ghana’s school kids go hungry after caterers quit amid soaring food prices
Ghana has been producing commercial oil since 2010.

As global oil prices surge, some African countries may see a silver lining

Surging oil prices are hurting everyday consumers in Africa, but some oil-producing countries have seen a windfall with higher revenues — boosting investment spending in other areas.

As global oil prices surge, some African countries may see a silver lining
A Uniper energy company coal-fired power plant and a BP refinery are seen beside a wind generator in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Jan. 16, 2020. 

Did the world 'build back better' since the start of the pandemic? Not so much. 

Two years into the pandemic, stimulus money around the world has largely fallen short in transforming the energy economy. 

Did the world 'build back better' since the start of the pandemic? Not so much. 
Plastic pollution has become a major concern in Ghana.

Ghana’s fishermen are drowning in plastic. The govt is trying to tackle pollution before it’s too late.

Ghana is one of a handful of countries to launch a national plastic pollution plan backed by the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Development Program. 

Ghana’s fishermen are drowning in plastic. The govt is trying to tackle pollution before it’s too late.
A pen coffin is designed for a deceased teacher or author.

Ghana’s fantasy coffins: Fulfilling burial dreams one coffin at a time 

In Ghana, coffin makers have elevated death into an art form, building fantasy coffins despite some raised eyebrows at this uncommon profession.

Ghana’s fantasy coffins: Fulfilling burial dreams one coffin at a time 
A woman sits with her legs folded on the ground in a pose of shame and exhaustion.

For sexual assault victims in Ghana, justice is expensive — and elusive

Many people who experience sexual assault from Ghana’s poorest communities cannot afford the $85 medical exam required to file a police report.  

For sexual assault victims in Ghana, justice is expensive — and elusive