Radiant.Earth and OpenAQ Partner to Fight Air Pollution in Africa

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Radiant.Earth today announced its partnership with OpenAQ to bring together a diverse group of individuals in Ghana and Kenya who are deeply concerned about poor air quality in their community and are looking for solutions.

Radiant.Earth, a non-profit advocating for open geospatial data for positive impact and improved decision-making, will provide OpenAQ with institutional support to organize two workshops focusing on air inequality.

Air pollution, one of the biggest global health threats of our time, kills more people in Africa each year than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition. However, despite the fact that it is a stealthy killer, the development of public policy to address this problem remains complicated. OpenAQ, established specifically to fight air inequality worldwide, approaches this policy problem by opening up air quality data and convening around it a diverse global grassroots community of people from multiple sectors.

“This collaborative community approach is impactful,” says Dr. Christa Hasenkopf, Co-founder of OpenAQ. “To date, we have opened up more than 150 million air quality measurements from 8,174 locations in 64 countries. We worked with community members across the world, who have launched policy-relevant field studies and petitioned their parliaments for action. Members of our community have collaborated on articles for the general media, written a joint science and policy commentary, developed apps and bots, conducted research, and built open-source tools.”

The workshops in Ghana and Kenya will focus on identifying overarching goals and strategies shared among participants to fight air inequality—zeroing in on tangible, attainable, and specific actions that participants can take. The plan is also to connect workshop participants with the larger OpenAQ Community, so as to exchange ‘community wins’ and open-source resources to have a larger impact.

This project is funded in part by The Godley Family Foundation, which backs innovative solutions that address health and environmental issues. “We are pleased to partner with Radiant.Earth, OpenAQ, and local communities in finding creative ways to address the global air inequality problem,” says Frederick Godley, MD, President of the Godley Family Foundation.

“Help from The Godley Family Foundation and Radiant.Earth will allow us to expand the OpenAQ community, and to learn and share with the communities in Ghana and Kenya,” says Dr. Hasenkopf. “We are enormously grateful.”

“Open data are essential to unmasking problems and finding solutions to global challenges,” says Ms. Anne Hale Miglarese, CEO of Radiant.Earth. “We are pleased to support OpenAQ with this project as they work to empower the public to fight air pollution through open data, open-source tools, and cooperation.”

Scheduled to take place in the second quarter of 2018, the OpenAQ workshops in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya are an opportunity for local tech, science, policy, government, media, open data, software, art, and other air inequality-related sectors to interact with each other and the global OpenAQ Community and Platform.

ABOUT OpenAQ

OpenAQ is a non-profit that fights air inequality by opening up air quality data and connecting a diverse global, grassroots, multi-sectoral community.

ABOUT Radiant.Earth

Radiant.Earth is a non-profit organization committed to aggregating the world’s open Earth imagery and providing access and education on its use to the global development community.

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Christa Hasenkopf
Co-Founder
OpenAQ
Info@openaq.org

Power voltage in Volta Region at the right levels – ECG

Ho- Mr Bernard Tetteh, Volta Regional Engineer of the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has debunked claims by some customers that the Region was experiencing extremely low or high electricity voltage.

He said the Company supplied its valued customers a power voltage of 230 with a tolerance level of plus or minus ten per cent.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the Company’s Customer Open Day in Ho, Mr Tetteh said a voltage of between 207V and 253V was within the power threshold and normal.

Mr Philip Agbezudor, Regional Manager, Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC), said the supposedly low voltage experienced during the evenings was as a result of huge loads during peak periods.

He said customers who demanded the actualization of the 18 per cent electricity relief as mentioned in the 2018 budget that the Commission would come out with its submissions within a month.

Mr Agbezudor said the Commission had a 60-day sphere to take inputs and review for the feasibility of the subsidy.

He called on customers to report cases of extortion and quality of service to the Commission to improve service delivery.

Mr Joseph Forson, Regional Manager, ECG, called on customers especially corn millers to be mindful of the motor used for operations.

He said some of the motors consumed more power than was needed for production, thereby increasing cost.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Adolescent girls urged to avoid indecent dressing

Sunyani� Mrs Grace Kalira, the Guidance and Counseling Coordinator at the Sunyani Municipal Directorate of Education, has called on adolescent girls to avoid dressing to expose various parts of their bodies.

She said girls who dress and expose various parts of their bodies could become vulnerable and entrapped by irresponsible men who cannot control their sexual inclinations.

Mrs Kalira said this when she addressed a durbar of school children, parents and teachers of the St Patrick and St James Cluster of basic and Junior High Schools (JHS) to mark the annual celebration of the Catholic Education Week in Sunyani.

Programme outline during the week-long event included a talk on adolescent development, effective way of learning, career day, cooking competition and other outdoor and indoor games.

Mrs Kalira expressed concern about the surge in teenage pregnancies and urged girls to abstain from pre-marital sex.

She said girls undergo emotional, physical and behavioral characteristics during their adolescent stage of their growth and entreated parents to get closer to them in such periods.

By this, Mrs Kalira said, they would identify certain changes in their wards and give them the necessary advice and protection.

She expressed worry about the high rate of alcoholism and drug abuse among school boys and girls and entreated parents to monitor the movements of their children so that they would not join peers with questionable characters.

Madam Theresa Kyeremaa, the Headmistress of the St James School, advised parents of abuse victims to report the matter to the school authority or the Police for the necessary action to be taken.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Liberty shoes open outlet at Accra Mall

Accra – Liberty Shoes, one of the largest fashion footwear manufacturing company in India, through Sogha limited, a franchise company, has opened a retail outlet at the Accra Mall to supply its range of products to Ghanaians.

The outlet, which is the second in the country, seeks to give shoppers access to a range of footwear including sports, safety and fashion shoes, as well as its accessories.

Mr Karan Israni, Chairman of Sogha Limited was assisted by his wife to cut a ribbon at a ceremony in Accra on Wednesday, to signal the commencement of business.

Present were Mr. Bobby Sawhney, Managing Director of Sogha Limited, Ms Denise Asare, Marketing Manager of Accra Mall and other senior officers of Sogha Company.

Mr Sawhney said as part of the company’s strategy to serve its customers at their doorstep, more outlets would be opened at Osu and East Legon in Accra as well as in Takoradi and Kumasi.

He said for over 60 years, Liberty with it five manufacturing companies in India, has produced brands that were popular around the world such as Worriers’ safety boots, adding that, to many big industries it was a household name.

The Managing Director called on the government to address the bureaucracies and find a way to regulate the high cost of property in the country to enable businesses to thrive and contribute to the growth of the economy.

Ms Asare said the new liberty outlet would help customers to have a variety of retail shops to choose from and expressed joy at the new addition.

She said the company as part of its growth strategies was sourcing tenants that were unique to the retail industry in the country to provide innovative and new products to serve its customers better.

Source: Ghana News Agency

USAID, Government inaugurate four CHPS compounds

Warivi� The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and government have inaugurated four Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in the Mion District and Yendi Municipality to bring health care services to the people.

The facilities, built under the USAID Systems for Health project, are located at Warivi, Tinsung, Kunkon and Nkwanta communities.

Mr Robert Jackson, United States Ambassador to Ghana, who spoke at Warivi and Kunkon communities to inaugurate the fully-equipped facilities, underscored the importance of CHPS compounds saying they ensured quality health services for all.

Mr Jackson said the CHPS approach brings health services closer to your households and allows you to make the most productive use of your time. You will no longer have to travel long distances to seek health care. Pregnant women in your communities will no longer have to take long, bumpy rides on a motorking (tricycle) to the district hospital.

The CHPS model brings health care directly to local communities in remote areas by increasing access to and use of health services at the community level to promote universal health coverage.

The inauguration of the four CHPS compounds in the Northern Region brings to eight the number of CHPS compounds completed in the Northern and Volta Regions under the USAID Systems for Health project whiles 18 more are expected to be completed by December, this year.

Mr Jackson reminded the community members that the success of CHPS is rooted in community ownership and self-reliance urging them to be actively involved in the upkeep and maintenance of the facilities to ensure success.

Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Minister for Health, said CHPS has come to stay to help achieve universal health coverage in the country and expressed gratitude to the Government of the United States for working closely with the government to provide health care to the people.

Mr Salifu Saeed, Northern Regional Minister, said efforts would be made to provide accommodation for the staff of the CHPS compounds to stay in the communities to deliver quality health care to the people.

Mba Mion Lana Ziblim thanked the government and USAID for their efforts to deliver quality health care to the people.

Source: Ghana News Agency