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Ghana makes gains in malaria control, Over 5 million malaria cases recorded in 2020

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Dr Keziah Malm, the Programme Manager, National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), has revealed that although Ghana has made great achievements over the past years in its malaria mortality targets, infection rates remain high.

Dr Malm was addressing the 2021 World Malaria Day press briefing in Accra to highlight the status of the malaria control programme implementation and also give journalists opportunity to interact to gain better understanding of the strategies, activities and statistics of malaria control in the country.

She said the disease continued to be of great public health importance to Ghana, saying: “We have interventions, which have proven to work, but it is not being implemented at optimum levels due to inadequate resources.”

Malaria elimination in Ghana is predicted to cost 961 million dollars between 2020 and 2029, and uptake of effective interventions was estimated to prevent 85.5 million cases, save 4,468 lives, and avert 2.2 billion dollars in health system expenditure.

She said Ghana was on track to making impact and move into elimination with effective collaboration of all stakeholders including public and private sectors, and personal commitments towards the “Zero Malaria Starts with Me, Let’s Draw the Line,” campaign because it affected everyone.

According Dr Malm, malaria mortality had reduced drastically because in 2012, eight people died every day from malaria, but that had been reduced to one person dying from the disease every day in 2020.

She said millions of people in the country had been reached with effective life-saving tools such as long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACTs), seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) and indoor residual spraying (IRS).

Dr Malm, however, said sustaining the gains made required extra efforts from everyone. For instance, she said, funding threatened to slow down progress, particularly across Africa, where high-burden countries were facing critical funding gaps.

Therefore, the programme manager said, unless countries found innovative ways to mobilise adequate resources to bridge the funding gap, get the resources and technical support they needed to implement malaria control plans, including the effective utilisation of available resources, malaria resurgence would likely take many more lives.

Ghana’s National Strategic Plan (NSP) estimates a 90 per cent reduction in malaria mortality and a 50 per cent reduction in case count by 2025, using 2019 as a baseline.

Through the implementation of a mix of interventions, the country has positioned at least six districts to achieve pre-elimination by 2025. Consequently, Dr Malm said sustained funding was required to fully implement the interventions to achieve the 2025 NSP targets towards the global elimination of the disease by the 2030 target.

Additionally, she said, that increased investment and commitment from the government and the private sector was critical to revitalise progress against malaria.

Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana Daniel Sackey has announced that the African banking conglomerate is set to launch a Zero Malaria Business Leaders Initiative (ZMBLI) in the country. Mr Sackey explained that the initiative which will make Ghana the fourth in Africa is to fully mobilise the private sector to support the effort to eliminate malaria.

He acknowledged that eliminating the deadly illness will increase prosperity in Africa in the long term since it costs the continent about $12 billion annually, thus, the need to prioritise such an action.

“Ecobank is an institution that is keen on impacting positively on the health of people living in communities in which they operate. We are, therefore, delighted to announce our plans to launch Zero Malaria Business Leaders Initiative.

“The initiative aims to promote the mobilization of resources from the private sector in order to sustainably finace the fight against malaria and leverage the skills and influence of private sector leaders,” he stated.

Ghana is still recording high numbers of malaria cases at the OPD’s despite gains made in the fight against the virus. Last year alone over five million cases were recorded nationwide, with 308 deaths.

 

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H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, H.E Paul Kagame To Grace YouthConnekt Africa Summit

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The Government of the Republic of Ghana, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Youth Authority, in partnership with the YouthConnekt Africa Hub and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will host the 2021 YouthConnekt Africa Summit.

The Summit, which will be held from Wednesday, 20th October to Friday, 22nd October 2021, is based on the theme: “Africa Beyond Aid: Positioning The Youth for The Post COVID Economy and AfCFTA Opportunities.”

This will help highlight coordinated trade and job creation policies and ignite a conversation on social investment in African Youth.

As a hybrid event, the summit will take place at the Accra International Conference Centre and Online.

The 2021 YouthConnekt Africa Summit will provide a platform for all partners involved in youth development to strategize around policies, programs and partnerships that position African youth to cater for the AfCFTA and advance regional integration.

The summit will also positively impact the creative industry through skills development, sports, tourism and the digital economy.

The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame and other keynote speakers with experience in entrepreneurship and trade will be speaking at the Summit.

Other noted speakers include the Minister for Youth and Sports in Ghana, Hon. Mustapha Ussif, the Minister for Youth and Culture in Rwanda, Hon. RoseMary Mbawazi and Ahunna Eziakonwa, the UNDP Assitant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Africa.

The 2021 YouthConnekt Africa Summit will offer, over the three days, a combination of informative, high-level plenaries, panel discussions, keynote speeches, small group workshops, research presentation and off-site activities.

 

Further details can be found via: https://youthconnektafrica2021.org

About The YouthConnekt Africa Summit:

The YouthConnekt Africa Summit is an annual convening that connects youth from across the continent and beyond with policy influencers, political leaders, public/private and development sector institutions to engage, discuss, design, and accelerate youth empowerment efforts at the continent level.

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The Tropical Fiesta 2 Artist Line Up is crazy !!!

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Wait Wait Wait , it’s been almost 2 years since we seen a line up like this .What ? Not since COVID.
Friday evening Akwaboah, Efya, Adina, Kwabena Kwabena perform at the Verve Cliquot garden party with the YWF Band .

Later that night D-Black the enjoyment minister hosts guests from the Uk, South Africa, 10 djs & mc’s at the Bleu Me Away Rave.

On Saturday morning, there’s a celerity soccer gala , snooker and spar tournament, volley ball contest for the ladies and gold lessons before the All White Exclusive Boat Party hosted by socialite, artist, entrepreneur Mona 4Real, South African reality tv stars Faith Nketsi and Lady Kim, Ace entertainer Segos Pumpkin from South African & Belgian Model Shallie on the New Dodi Princess Boat.

The Tropical Traffic pool concert with Mr. Drew, Sefa, Kofi Jamar, Mona 4 Real, Dope Nation, Mz Vee, SWADU (Seirra Leone), Segos Pumpkin (SA), Dj Neptune (Nigeria), Quamina MP + more jamming on stage happens right after to climax an epic day.

On Sunday 4Syte tv hosts the biggest pool
Party yet at the Royal Senchi at 2pm before Stonebwoy, D-Black & Medial finish us off at the Black Out Rave that same night as we rave till the am.

Patrons will be treated to 10 exclusive parties all weekend , jam with the Young , Wild & Free band all weekend and also vote which of their favourite legendary highlife acts they want to see on Monday’s brunch before they leave back to their homes.

Tropical Fiesta is a 4 day 3 night fun get away music & lifestyle festival experience brought to you by Livewire Events and supported by Club Onyx, Yfm, 4Syte Tv, Event Factory, 3 Music, Oasis Lounge, Muse Africa, Belaire, Verve Cliqout & Hennessy.

This year’s edition dubbed Tropical Fiesta 2, 4 Days and 3 nights away from it all happens at the Royal Senchi, Akosombo from the 5th – 8th of November 2021.

The 8am aerobics class by the pool , the cigar lounge and vendor market place are perks to look out for at this years Tropical Fiesta happening from 5-8 November at the Royal Senchi.
Get your packages or tickets now at www.tropicalfiesta.com or for
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Get stylish with the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i with long lasting battery and immersive noise cancellation

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Complete with High quality sound, long lasting battery topped off with Immersive noise cancellation

 

Are you looking for a pair of new wireless earphones with high quality sound, super long battery life, impressive active noise cancellation, fast charging, and one that comes with a chic design? Huawei has exactly what your heart desires – the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i earphones with high quality sound, longest battery life and active noise cancellation.

 

 

Listen to your music with high quality sound

Huawei’s earphones are designed for the young, active city dwellers who enjoy listening to their music a bit more than everyone else does. Speaking of music, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i comes with a 10mm dynamic driver with well-balanced performance, ensuring sharp sound and high quality no matter the kind of audio. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i are expertly tuned for music, they subtly balance instrumental and vocal audio frequencies making these pair a great companion for all sorts of music lovers.

 

Rapid charging with long battery life

What is the point of wireless earphones if they cannot be charged swiftly or if their batteries run out of power every now and then? Another problem avoided with the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i, more charging speeds equals more operational time. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i can offer 10 hours of continuous music playback or 6.5 hours of voice call on a full charge. Together with the charging case, it could achieve up to 22 hours of music playback or 14 hours of voice call. Moreover, these earphones can provide 4 hours of audio playback with just a quick 10-minutes coffee break charge. Additionally, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i supports fast charging to address any concerns about low battery. Thanks to its fast-charge and impressive battery life, you no longer need to worry about the battery level when you are out or rush back home just to charge your earphones.

 

Isolate yourself from unwanted noise

Listening to your favourite tunes when in noisy places could be a challenge, we know. Or, talking to your superior over the phone when in crowded areas can also be difficult sometimes, thankfully the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i addresses these issues. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i actively cancels out noise to provide you with immersive audio, regardless of where you are. Moreover, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i comes with an Awareness mode to stay aware of your surroundings and communicate clearly with those around you without having to take off the earphones.

Your calls are also clear, thanks to the multiple technologies used by the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i including the emission of “inverted soundwave”, supported by two external microphones for accurate sound pickup. It also comes with a unique anti-wind design, which can effectively improve wind noise cancellation for greater call clarity.

 

A chic and dapper design

Since you are probably going to be wearing earphones a lot, you do not only need them to provide you with high quality sound but you also need them to be sleek and stylish. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4i comes in three colourways: Ceramic White, Carbon Black and Red, they are also lightweight fitting the ear canal and ultimately making them comfortable to wear all-day long.

 

 

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Religion and relationships top the podcast charts in Ghana, says Spotify

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Podcasts have become a beloved pastime for many people around the globe, and data shows that Ghana is joining the trend. Since launching in the West African nation, Spotify, the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service, has noticed a keen interest in podcasts among Ghanaians.

 

So what exactly are Ghanaians streaming in terms of podcasts? Spotify is excited to reveal the top podcasts in Ghana over the last 90 days. At number 1 is Sincerely Accra — a firm favourite among podcast listeners in the country. Interestingly, the rest of the top 10 podcasts are a curious mix of religious and relationship-focused podcasts:

 

Rank Podcast Description
1Sincerely AccraJoseph Nti (host) and Kwame Asante (producer) bring listeners a vox pop-driven podcast set in Accra. The show is fast paced, colourful and heated — just like the city.
2Articulate OneA lifestyle show that focuses on entertainment, relationships and more.
3Apostle Joshua SelmanA weekly programme organised by the Eternity Network International where listeners tune in to worship and listen to other discussions around Christianity.
4Divercity 1 Love Christian NetworkGospel music, love songs, sermons, bible teachings and more.
5Joel Osteen PodcastThis podcast is hosted by Joel and Victoria Osteen, who inspire people to reach their dreams, find fresh beginnings and live their best lives.
6The Joe Rogan ExperienceThe official podcast of comedian Joe Rogan.
7CEYC Airport City PodcastFaith-filled messages from Christ Embassy Youth Church, Airport City.
8The Michelle Obama PodcastA Spotify Original, the Michelle Obama Podcast features the former First Lady diving deep into conversations with loved ones — family, friends, and colleagues — on the relationships in our lives that make us who we are.
9Short Sex StoriesErotic daily stories.
10TED Talks DailyEvery weekday, TED Talks Daily publishes the latest talks in audio.

 

Joseph Nti, co-creator of Sincerely Accra, the number one podcast in Ghana, says they are focused on putting out episodes that their amazing community supports: “Kwame and I found out in April that we were the top show on Spotify, and having our hard work be validated felt pretty amazing — especially with our pretty intense production schedule with an episode out every two weeks,” says Nti.

 

The Michelle Obama Podcast and the Joe Rogan Experience also made the list, which are both highly popular shows streamed worldwide. Similarly, TED Talks Daily is a well-loved podcast that many people around the world tune into every day.

 

The rest of the top 25 podcasts range from paranormal shows to motivational shows, like:

 

 

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Finding Africa’s Next Generation of Filmmakers: Netflix & UNESCO Launch Groundbreaking Competition in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Netflix and UNESCO have partnered to launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa . Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”.

One key aim of this competition is to discover new voices and to give emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa visibility on a global scale. We want to find the bravest, wittiest, and most surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most-loved folktales and share them with entertainment fans around the world in over 190 countries.

The competition, which will be administered by Dalberg , will open on 14 October 2021 until 14 November 2021. Each of the 6 winners will receive a production grant of US$75,000 (through a local production company) to develop, shoot and post-produce their films under the guidance of industry mentors selected by UNESCO & Netflix to ensure everyone involved in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the 6 winners will also receive $25,000.

UNESCO and Netflix both strongly believe in the importance of promoting diverse local stories, and bringing them to the world. They recognize that many emerging filmmakers struggle with finding the right resources and visibility to enable them to fully unleash their talents and develop their creative careers. This competition aims to address these issues and enable African storytellers to take a first step towards showcasing their content to a global audience.

This partnership will also help create sustainable employment and encourage economic growth and it will therefore contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a series of targets established by the United Nations which aims to end global poverty in all its forms by the end of this decade. This film competition will also help reduce inequalities by facilitating access to global markets and by guaranteeing dignified working conditions. All of these are key goals within the 2030 Agenda.

The competition is open to emerging filmmakers across Sub-Saharan Africa on the theme of “African Folktales, Reimagined.” Folktales have always been an important way of passing on culture, heritage, and values to future generations, while constantly inviting people to reimagine their relevance to our contemporary societies. This theme is inspired by African Union 2063 Agenda’s Aspiration 5, which celebrates African cultural identity, common heritage, values, and ethics. This competition aims to harness this important tradition with a modern outlook while leveraging new mediums of distributing artistic and creative content, like Netflix.

For the first round, applicants will be required to submit a synopsis of their concept (no more than 500 words) as well as links to a recent CV and a portfolio/ evidence of any past audiovisual work they have produced. Applications can be submitted via  from October 14th at 16:00 CET and will close on November 14th, 2021 at 13:59 PM CET.

UNESCO comments:

“It is important that the film sector acts to ensure the voices of Africa are heard, by supporting the emergence of diverse cultural expressions, putting forth new ideas and emotions, and creating opportunities for creators to contribute to global dialogue for peace, culture and development.” – Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO.

“The film sector must ensure that the creative talents of Africa are promoted, by supporting young talents and making sure that African filmmakers contribute to the international film industry.” – Ernesto Ottone R., Assistant Director-General for Culture, UNESCO.

Netflix comments:

Growing up, entertainment was how I connected with people. I fell in love with the stories and characters I saw on screen and experienced how storytelling has the power to inspire, which is why I’m excited about this partnership with UNESCO and the opportunities ahead. Together we will promote local cultures and support the creative industries in telling stories that cross borders, reflect universal truths, and ultimately, bring us together.” Ted Sarandos, Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer, Netflix.

“Africa has a rich storytelling heritage and a wealth of folktales that have been passed down for generations. When you marry these very local stories with Africa’s emerging talent, there’s no limit to fresh new stories to connect people with African cultures and bring the world that much closer to each other” – Ben Amadasun, Director of Content in Africa, Netflix.

For more information about the application process, please visit https://bit.ly/3j05wCh.

About The Application process:

  • How to apply:

Candidates will need to submit a synopsis of their concept (no more than 500 words) in a Creative Statement as well as a link to a recent CV and a portfolio of any past audiovisual work they have produced on https://bit.ly/3iZYKMM

  • Applications open

Applications can be made via https://bit.ly/3iZYKMM from October 14th. They will close on November 13th, 2021 at 11:59 PM (GMT).

  • Eligibility Criteria:
  1. The competition is open to individuals seeking to venture into feature film development and production. Applicants must have a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 5 years of demonstrable professional experience in the audio-visual industry. Applicants must have developed and produced 1 to 2 theatrical feature films, television fiction, documentaries, or 2-3 short films and/or commercials.
  2. Candidates must be a citizen of a Sub-Saharan African country and currently residing in Sub-Saharan Africa (https://bit.ly/3DzaE7W) to apply. Applicants must be 18-35 years old at the time of submission.
  • Shortlisted finalists:

The shortlisted 20 candidates will be announced in January and will then be invited to a “How to Pitch to Netflix” workshop to guide them on how to prepare, polish, and present their film concepts. An independent judging panel, under the guidance of UNESCO and Netflix, will choose the six winners, who will then develop their 12 to 20-minute short films under the guidance of industry mentors selected by Netflix and UNESCO.

❖  Timeline:
➢  October 2021 – Application portal opens on October 14th
➢  November 2021 – Applications close on November 14th
➢  January 2022 – Announcement of Top 20 finalists
➢  January 2022 – Workshop on “How to Pitch to Netflix” for shortlisted candidates
➢  February 2022- Shortlisted candidates invited to pitch final entries to mentors
➢  February 2022 – Final selection via a Netflix and UNESCO joint judging panel
➢  February 2022 – Announcement of 6 winners
➢  Spring/Summer 2022 – Development, production & post-production of films
➢  September/October 2022 – Launch of 6 films on Netflix service

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4 Tips On How to Make A YouTube Video Go Viral

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Every YouTube creator wants to go viral and get seen by millions of people. At Promolta.com we promoted over 100,000 customers since 2012. Thus, we have a HUGE amount of data and learnings on viral videos.

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1. Trigger emotions

Your video should make the viewer FEEL SOMETHING. The emotions that cause the most SHARING are awe, anger, shock, and laughter. If your video causes any of these emotions, then more people will SHARE your video. Remember virality is all about sharing. Even if just 5k people share your content with 200 friends, you would reach 1,000,000 viewers.

2. Offer value

Your video should solve a problem for the viewer. This way you teach something or show how to do something. Remember to keep the video UNDER 10 minutes because viewers are more likely to finish shorter videos. Thus, create a video that will make another person’s life easier.

3. Tell stories

People remember stories. We forget facts, names, dates, but we remember stories. This comes from our inherent social traits dating back millions of years. A touching and memorable story will cause more sharing. Thus, tell stories if you want viewers to SHARE your videos.

4. Hook the viewer in the first 10 seconds

Every video you release should start with a BANG. Do something that will surprise viewers and get their attention immediately. Remember that if people stop watching your video, they can’t share it. Thus, make sure to GRAB viewers’ attention in the first 10 seconds.

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