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The defense chiefs from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries excluding Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea and Niger, gather for their extraordinary meeting in Accra, Ghana, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023, to discuss the situation in Nig

3 coup-hit West African nations exit ECOWAS citing sanctions, no support against terrorism 

Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso have all experienced military coups in the past few years. They say the regional trade organization is not helping them fight terrorism but rather imposing severe sanctions on them. Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman reports from Ghana on the implications of their withdrawals.

3 coup-hit West African nations exit ECOWAS citing sanctions, no support against terrorism 
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90% of the cars on Ghana's roads are imported used cars. Many are polluting or unsafe.

90% of the cars on Ghana's roads are imported used cars. Many are polluting or unsafe.
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Trash sorters in Ghana face health and safety risks

Trash sorters in Ghana face health and safety risks
COVID-19 antigen home tests indicating a positive result are photographed in New York, April 5, 2023.

Pandemic recovery will require much focus and attention, Dr. Atul Gawande says

Pandemic recovery will require much focus and attention, Dr. Atul Gawande says
Ghanian activist at a rally near a Ghanaian flag.

Uganda's LGBTQ crackdown could have a ripple effect in Ghana and other African countries

Uganda's LGBTQ crackdown could have a ripple effect in Ghana and other African countries
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Young Africans seek to leverage Vice President Harris’ trip to Africa 

US Vice President Kamala Harris began her weeklong visit to the African continent this week in Ghana. She plans to focus on youth entrepreneurship, and to make a claim for supporting some African countries, as China and Russia have made diplomatic and financial inroads. 

Young Africans seek to leverage Vice President Harris’ trip to Africa 
As vaccination levels drop in Ghana, the threat of a measles outbreak looms.

'Red alert for child health': A nationwide vaccine shortage hits Ghana amid measles outbreak

In Ghana, a shortage of childhood vaccines has mothers traveling from hospital to hospital in search of immunizations to protect their infants. As a result, measles are breaking out in some parts of the country.

'Red alert for child health': A nationwide vaccine shortage hits Ghana amid measles outbreak
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

Motherly Love Orphanage was founded by Rev. John Azumah 14 years ago. The pastor, who also has HIV, founded the home to provide hope and fight against the stigma faced by HIV-positive orphans. 

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

Paul Ninson joins The World's host Marco Werman to discuss the opening of the new photography library that he created, called the Dikan Center in Accra, Ghana, to showcase work by Africans and African Americans.

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

At least 1,500 Black Americans have moved to Ghana since 2019, when the government declared its "Year of Return" initiative, calling on Africans in the diaspora to return to Africa. As the US continues to confront its history of racism and police brutality against Black people, many are heeding Ghana's call.  

‘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  

​​​​​​​For much of the pandemic, West African countries have lacked the vaccines needed to protect their populations against COVID-19. Now, supply in the region has finally caught up with demand for the vaccine. Still, too few people are vaccinated.

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