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UGMC to hold benefit concert to raise $5,000,000 towards the completion of a Clinical Trials Unit at the centre

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On Wednesday, November 30th, 2023, the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) met with the media to give more information on the centre’s Clinical Trials Unit project, and why it is important for Ghanaians to donate towards it.

The UGMC, Ghana’s only quaternary medical facility with the mandate to provide high-end medical care, training, and research has embraced this challenge by creating the Medical and Scientific Research Centre (MSRC), which seeks to perform the necessary clinical trials to bring new treatments – local and foreign to Ghanaians.

A key pillar of this mandate is to perform research to bring new treatments and medical devices that will enhance the health of Ghanaians and the world at large. The UGMC To achieve this goal, there is an urgent need for a state-of-the-art in-patient clinical trials unit (CTU) and clinical trials laboratories where the trials will be performed safely to international standards. A modern CTU will enhance Ghana’s development in many ways.

First, it will ensure that medications taken by Ghanaians for chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer are suitable for our population. Many medications being used in Africa had trials done in Europe or America, where the genetic makeup of the trial participants is different. For instance, it is now clear that certain common medications for high blood pressure do not work as well in black patients. This situation could have been prevented if the trials for these medicines had been done here. Many pharmaceutical companies want to do trials in Africa, but the facilities and personnel to do the trials are often unavailable. This is why UGMC is positioning itself as the hub for international in-patient clinical trials in Africa. Second, though herbal products have the potential to cure many ailments, scientific trials have not been done.

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A proper CTU in Ghana can do these trials to international standards and help validate some of these treatments. Something produced in Ghana will be accessible to the vast majority of Ghanaians. Third, many cancer treatments are now personalized to the patient’s genetics. These treatments cannot come to Ghana to help our patients unless we can do the trials and associated laboratory tests right here in Ghana. Currently, Ghana and many African countries are missing out on these treatments.

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A hospital-based CTU at UGMC will fill this important gap. Finally, a modern CTU will enable us to train the next generation of Ghanaian clinical trialists. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that we must train and perform our own trials. The hesitancy in taking up the COVID-19 vaccine is partly because trials were not done here. However, the performance of clinical trials requires specific training and skills often not taught during the training of health personnel. Unfortunately, Ghana has very few doctors and other health personnel trained to perform clinical trials, most of whom are retired or near retirement. There is an urgent need to train more personnel – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and trial coordinators for the country. A modern CTU at UGMC will enable us to train these personnel.

So far, the centre has allocated a whole ward wing as an in-patient trial space, allocated a large space in our clinical building for development into a modern trials laboratory, secured partnership with MDS-Lancet-Cerba who will partner with the most modern analyzers – millions of dollars investment. Some of the analyzers already arrived in Ghana.

WHAT WE NEED NOW – IMMEDIATELY

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– Prepare the allocated space to international (ISO) standard so the machines can be placed. Kindly refer to attached list.

– Equip some of the rooms in the trials ward with modern machines.2

WHAT WE NEED – LONG TERM

– A research building dedicated to clinical and translational studies to bring new treatments to Ghanaians.

WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN DO:

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– Contribute cash to enable us meet our target of 5 million dollars needed to prepare space for the trial laboratory and equip the trials ward

– Contribute materials that can help prepare the trials laboratory space (see attached list)

– Contribute equipment for the trials ward (see attached list)

– Commit to sponsoring a research building for UGMC

The UGMC has a large empty space in our clinical building that needs to be transformed into a state-of-the-art modern Clinical Trials Unit (CTU). So far, UGMC has been able to raise a little over $335,000. However, we need almost USD5,000,000.00 (tabulated below as per quotations received from vendors) to prepare the space needed for the clinical trials unit.

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Towards the achievement of this goal, the UGMC is organising a benefit concert on December 8th, 2023 to raise funds.

The concert will feature performances by Joe Mettle, KODA, Nii Okai, Joyfull Way Inc, and the UGMC Choir.

You can make your donations now via https://ugmedicalcentre.org/donate or via the shortcode *887*222#

 

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In a culinary spectacle that captured the attention of food enthusiasts in Ghana and worldwide, Ghana’s Chef Faila’s bid for the longest cooking marathon has taken an unexpected turn as the Guinness World Records (GWR) committee has disqualify her attempt. (more…)

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JAMBO Spaces and FTF Ghana launch Click4Change to empower Underprivileged Children in Labadi

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In a transformative initiative poised to make a lasting impact, On Saturday 2nd March, Jambo Spaces proudly launched Click4Change, a FREE digital skills training and public speaking program for underprivileged children in the vibrant Labadi community. In partnership with FTF Ghana, a dedicated NGO committed to nurturing the potential of young minds, Click4Change marks a significant step towards empowering the next generation with essential skills and confidence.


For the first cohort which will last a month,  Click4change is starting off with 20 children from La Wireless and La Nativity schools. Igniting a beacon of hope and opportunity in the lives of these bright-eyed eager learners, Click4Change is taking these children beneficiaries on a journey of discovery, delving into courses covering Microsoft Office tools, Google Work tools, and the art of public speaking. More than just technical skills, Click4Change aims to shape the thought process of these budding minds, equipping them with the digital fluency needed to thrive in the modern world.


The impact of Click4Change extends far beyond the classroom walls, as it fosters a sense of belonging, confidence, and self-belief among the children. Witnessing their newfound abilities to translate thoughts into digital creations fills the air with palpable excitement and joy, as dreams begin to take flight on the wings of possibility. But Click4Change is not a journey embarked upon alone. Significant to the partnership is FTF Ghana, who works closely with the schools to facilitate the selection of the children and is supporting the initiative with volunteer tutors. Not forgetting the unwavering support of other compassionate partners, this initiative has blossomed into a beacon of hope for the Labadi community. KFC, Twellium Industries, Nu Lambda Sigma, MyRunway Group, and Valerie Cares have joined hands with Jambo Spaces, providing meals, refreshments, stationery supplies, and transportation for the children, ensuring that no obstacle stands in the way of their pursuit of knowledge and empowerment.


“We envision a future where every child in the Labadi community has access to the transformative power of education and technology” Bernard Sokpe, Co-founder of Jambo Spaces said. He continued by saying “ Plans are underway to establish a dedicated Click4Change computer lab for the children to continue their learning journey long after the program concludes”. To ensure CLick4Change grows beyond this first edition, Jambo Spaces extends a heartfelt call to volunteers who want to support this initiative in any way by reaching out to info@jambospaces.com.

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Bullhaus Entertainment releases maiden album, “Horns Up”

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Music in the West African landscape has greatly felt a huge transformation in recent times. Ghanaian based label owned by Lawrence Asiamah Hanson popularly known as Bullgod, have released their much awaited album.

 

Their founder and CEO, Bullgod took to his social media pages to announce the release of the project with a trailer few days ago. In the post, he captioned the trailer with anticipation which led to much eagerness from his followers. In the early hours of Friday 1st March, the official artwork of the album was released to officially announce the release.

 

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This body of work turns out to be the maiden album of the record label. It is a twenty track album which features their signed artiste Vanilla and top musicians such as Tinny, Fameye, Medikal, Kwabena Kwabena, Captain Planet 4X4 and Kelvynboy. As a well curated collective, the “Horns Up” album consists of an array of diverse music genres for consumption. It is crafted for the good listening pleasure for all music lovers around the globe.

 

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Genius Selection, Ubeatz, David Bolton, Mr Herry, Gigzbeatz and Linkinbeats contributed to the production of this project.

 

Tap the link below to stream “Horns Up” on all digital streaming platforms.

https://found.ee/HornsUp_Bullhaus

Article By: Kobby Loam of Loam Entertainment

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Onyansapow Bowaanopow, is set to dazzle fans with his newest single titled “Contentment.” Known for his unique fusion of highlife, Afrobeat, and contemporary sounds, Onyansapow Bowaanopow continues to make waves with his captivating melodies and profound lyrics.

“Contentment” encapsulates the essence of joy and fulfillment in simplicity. Through its infectious rhythms and heartfelt vocals, the single resonates with listeners on a deeply personal level, reminding them of the beauty found in life’s simplest pleasures.

Reflecting on the inspiration behind the single, Onyansapow Bowaanopow shared, ” ‘Contentment’ is a reflection of my personal journey towards finding peace and happiness in the midst of life’s challenges. Through this song, I hope to inspire others to embrace contentment as a way of life and find joy in the little things.”

“Contentment” is now available on all major streaming platforms, inviting fans to embark on a musical journey of self-discovery and inner peace. Onyansapow Bowaanopow’s latest release is poised to capture the hearts of audiences worldwide and solidify his reputation as one of Ghana’s most promising talents.

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