PharmaLedger Association Launches Digital Trust Ecosystem in Healthcare

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BASEL, Switzerland, March 13, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The PharmaLedger Association™ (PLA), a not-for-profit based in Switzerland, announces the endorsement of its 3-year strategic plan to implement and promote a Digital Trust Ecosystem in healthcare (DTE-H) at its Annual General Meeting held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 1 March 2023. The member organizations also confirmed the appointment of eight Directors to its board, delivering on PLA’s core value of “Ecosystem Leadership.”

Representing the diversity of healthcare, PLA’s founding members comprise of large and small pharmaceutical companies, research organizations, patient representative organizations, non-profit organizations, technology, and healthcare service providers. PLA has confirmed its mandate as a pre-competition umbrella organization delivering common and interoperable digital solutions in the areas of Product TrustDecentralized Clinical Trials, and Supply Chain Traceability.

  • Products & Project: In Q1 2023, PLA will release the first qualified product, electronic Product Information for implementation by its members.
    In Q2 2023, the Association will continue with the development of new products in its innovation xLab, including of a product digital twin, decentralized identities, and verifiable credentials to facilitate visibility, security, traceability, and trust in all areas of healthcare.
  • Governance & Compliance: PLA will leverage its capability to develop, qualify, launch, and maintain products in healthcare’s highly regulated environment by ensuring continuous adherence to antitrust, intellectual property, data privacy, and Computerized System Assurance guidelines.
  • Ecosystem Engagement & Growth: The association will continue to onboard new members and engage with authorities, trade associations and standards development organizations, ensuring growth and financial viability.
  • Platform Technology & Security: PLA will focus on easing adoption of new solutions with its members and users while maintaining the cybersecurity benefits of its architecture.

The formation of PLA and the endorsement of its mission by diverse members of healthcare is a major milestone. This paves the way for delivery of widely trusted blockchain-based platforms with new open-source healthcare solutions to create value for patients and ecosystem stakeholders. PLA is grateful to its 20 founding members and invites all healthcare related organizations to learn more and engage towards the realization of a trusted Healthcare 4.0.

“Blockchain is a team sport. PLA has started with a diverse and strong team of members with a common vision and who believe in real change. With PLA we have the right vehicle, resources, and roadmap to take patients to a better place in healthcare,” Daniel Fritz, Executive Director, PharmaLedger Association.


PLA is the result of the successful completion of the PharmaLedger research project, a €22 million, 30-member consortium with 12 large pharma companies and 18 public partners, funded under the European Union (EU) and European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)’s Innovative Health Initiative.

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Alcohol intake in pregnancy endangers lives of unborn babies

Mr Samuel Atuahene Antwi, a Nutritionist at the Tema Metropolitan Health Directive, has cautioned pregnant women against alcohol intake, saying it could endanger the lives of their unborn babies. He said babies of mothers who consumed liquor risked developing alcohol syndrome, which could affect their central nervous system, growth, and cognitive abilities, leading to physical and mental disabilities. Mr Antwi was speaking at the weekly programme dubbed; ‘Your Health! Our Concern!’ a public health advocacy initiative by Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office, to promote communication on health-related issues. The initiative explores the parameters of the four approaches to health communication informative, educating, persuasive, and prompting. Mr Antwi stated that alcoholic mothers had their babies scoring very low on the APGAR scores which was a quick test performed on baby’s minutes after their birth to check the healthiness, adding that some of them were delivered with symptoms of drowsiness. He explained that such babies were also prone to being malnourished, as the alcohol inhibits their bodies’ ability to absorb nutrients from the food they receive. Mr Antwi further cautioned against alcoholism during breastfeeding as it had the same effect on babies just like in the womb, because it could easily be transmitted through breastmilk. He advised mothers to ensure good nutrition for their children right from pregnancy to breastfeeding saying, ‘there is the need to start right, and feed right.’ The Nutritionist said mothers must be prepared well nutritionally for the sake of their babies, stressing that eating non-nutritious substances would end up in the stomachs and bloodstreams of the babies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Show-stopping performance at third edition of Akple festival

It was nothing short of enjoyment and a display of culture at the third edition of Ghana’s most exciting food and music party, Akple Festival 2023. Thousands of patrons thronged Mmofra Place in Dzorwulu to celebrate Ghana’s Independence Day in what could be described as cultural splendour and awe. Varieties of sumptuous local delicacies were on display, while good indigenous music was louder to draw patrons onto the dance floor. This year’s festival, dubbed ‘Discover the Good Life,’, brought together over thirty food vendors to serve revellers dishes like Akple with Abobitaadi, Fetritoto, Ademe, and other accompaniments, banku and tilapia spiced with vegetables, and a lot more. Mr. Ebenezer Echiri Mensah, Chief Executive Officer of BrandwithEchiri, the organisers of the festival, stated the need to appreciate what is local and push for more indigenous content. ‘We look at March 6 as the day we liberate ourselves from what is western and celebrate our own. For us, we chose this day to mark or go back to what is indigenous and what is cultural, what is heritage, and what better way to celebrate it than to use food, music, and a bubbly atmosphere like this here at Akple Festival 2023,’ he said. It was a day of musical fiesta, with an energetic crowd to complement it. The Denyigba Lorlor Borborbor Band broke the ice with an impressive cultural performance, drawing many onto the dance floor, including foreigners who joined in the excitement. The ever-vibrant God’s Gift Brass Band followed with an impressive musical performance. The crowd wouldn’t wait to see the show stoppers, the AdahaDance Band. They were all thrust into extreme excitement when the band stepped on stage. The band took patrons into the Independence era and journeyed with them into the new school music era, performing a plethora of high-life tunes and leaving moments for singing and dancing. Akple Festival is an annual food and music party that offers a unique opportunity for patrons to enjoy delicacies in a bubbly atmosphere spiced with good indigenous melodies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Poor citizenry oversight enabler of natural resource mismanagement – ACEP

The Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP) is calling for active citizen participation in ensuring that the nation’s extractive resources are properly managed for the benefit of all.

Mr Kodzo Yaotse, Policy Lead for Petroleum and Conventional Energy at the Organisation speaking at a campus engagement at the Ho Technical University, said the appetite of citizens for accountability continued to diminish, leaving the fight to only a few.

The engagement was on the theme; “Strengthening Accountability for Resource Governance through Active Citizenship.”

Mr Yaotse said through such forums, “the organisation is building a constituency of active citizens,” urging the students as citizens, to follow state happenings as they get themselves updated on the issues.

“We need a critical mass of people who are interested or vested in the things happening in the sector. We need citizenship that masses up for accountability. We should show that we can push them to the wall,” the policy lead stated.

He noted that the nation’s petroleum receipts totaled over USD 8 billion from when the well first broke in 2011, while the mining sector had contributed about 48 percent to the exports, and said these were “huge monies” that could transform the country, and that an unconcerned citizenry should take part of the blame for the paradox of plenty.

“Corruption would only fester if citizens are not active. Institutions would grow weaker if citizens are not active. The expenditure of resources would only be inefficient if citizens are not active.” 

“So, we are part of the problem, and we have to find a way of bridging the missing link between the resources that we have and the development that we envisage,” Mr. Yaotse added.

Helping the students expand knowledge on the nation’s petroleum sector and the structure of revenue management, he indicated that informing citizens on the happenings in the extractive sector would help safeguard and ensure that disbursements were within the constitutional frameworks and met their intended uses.

He said citizen vigilance was needed to protect public funds such as the Annual budget Funding Amount (ABFA), and that several key sectors for investment including water, health, and transportation would require citizen push to be realised, adding, “So, much money has been invested in such sectors yet there is little improvement.”

He added that currently, there was a trend where allocations and disbursements from the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) replaced traditional funding sources for most State social interventions, which limited the impact of the utilisation of these revenues, hence, the need to place duty bearers on their toes.

The campus engagement by ACEP is part of a nationwide initiative, and the Ho edition was in collaboration with the Ho Technical University’s Department of Management Science and was Chaired by Madam Eli Atatsi, Head of the Department.

 Students from some Senior High Schools in the area including Ola Girls Senior High School, Mawuli School, St Prosper’s College, and Mawuko Girls Senior High School, participated in the engagement. 

Source: Ghana Web

GoldKacha key to mercury-free responsible small-scale mining – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has laud¬ed the intervention of Com¬modity Monitor’s GoldKacha machine in the country’s quest to ensure safe and responsible mining.

The President who made the remarks at this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) to Parlia¬ment expressed the government’s commitment to continue the fight against illegal mining using improved technology and with the support of the security agencies.

The government, he said, was not against mining; however, it was deter¬mined to promote responsible small-scale mining through the ongoing Community Mining Schemes and use of technology.

He said 16 of the Community Schemes had been commissioned and that three more would be commis-sioned by the end of the year.

The President said the Community Mining Schemes were supported with the GoldKacha technology, which was equipment designed to help small-scale miners to extract gold from the ore without the use of toxic mercury.

The technology has the capacity to process sand, clay and hard rock and the modular nature of the mining machine design allows for different modules to be added to expand the plants as the need arises.

The equipment introduced by a Ghanaian trading and logistics com¬pany, Commodity Monitor Limited, allows miners to gain a return on investment as the mine expands; the facility was made to specifically reme¬diate mercury contaminated degraded lands, and recover significant quanti¬ties of gold in the process up to about 95 per cent compared with the crude method that allows miners to get just about 35 per cent of their gold.

The technology helps artisanal and small-scale miners to achieve three basic goals: (1) high tonnes per hour processing (2) no mercury use and (3) high gold recovery.

When contacted, the Chief Ex¬ecutive of the Commodity Monitor, Mr Stephen Yeboah, expressed his readiness to make the equipment avail¬able which follows a well-structured acquisition process.

“We at the Community Monitor are of the view that in our fight to bolster illegal mining, which has become a national canker and raised serious concerns about pollution of rivers in mining areas, we need to apply technology, to promote sustainable mining,” he said.

He said with a new mineral pro¬cessing technology introduced by a Ghanaian company “Our technology ensures a cleaner gold mining and ex¬traction process that prevents the use of mercury and tailings being directed off into water-bodies and mounting machinery, such as Changfas, in the rivers,” Mr Yeboah said.

The GoldKacha he mentioned can¬not be mounted on river bodies, uses less water, “in addition to that we pro¬vide all the accessories the small scale needs to ensure that it is done well.

He further, explained that the mining plants are supplied as fully comprehensive modular solutions from ore through gold ore or bagged mineral concentrates, as appropriate, without using toxic mercury.

“The machines improve the op¬erations of miners in terms of high productivity and ensure superior gold recovery,” the CEO said.

Mr Yeboah said the company is happy partnering with the government through various sector agencies to en¬sure responsible and environmentally acceptable mining activities.

Source: Ghana Web

US$5.9m project launched to stem illicit financial flows from Africa

The African Development Bank and the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA) have officially launched a three-year support project to improve regional coherent and coordinated response to illicit financial flows.

The project will help African stakeholders actively engage in stemming such flows to improve domestic revenue mobilisation in African countries.

The launch of the African Financial Integrity and Accountability Support Project (AFIAP) took place at the African Union headquarters on 7th March.

The project aims to improve regional coordination of combating illicit financial flows and the oversight and accountability of public finances for optimal revenue mobilisation and management in African countries.

It will support the coordinated implementation of recommendations of the High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, and the implementation of joint strategies and initiatives related to international taxation.

The grant will support CoDA in its role as the secretariat of both the AU High-Level Panel on IFFs, the Joint Secretariat of the Consortium to Stem IFFs from Africa, and the annual African Fiscal Policy Forum.

The support will foster a coherent African response to illicit flows, in line with the AU Assembly Special Declaration on IFFs passed in January 2015, and will advance Africa’s continent-wide asset recovery agenda encapsulated in the Common African Position on Asset Recovery (CAPAR) adopted in February 2020.

This will be carried out by CoDA, the African Union Commission Departments of Economic Development, Trade, Tourism, Industry and Minerals and Political Affairs, and Peace and Security, in collaboration with other national, regional and global actors.

The project targets selected African Development Bank member-countries, with a particular emphasis on public sector capacities in low-income countries to reinforce resilience via training, policy research and advocacy activities.

The bank’s support is in line with the objectives of its Strategy for Economic Governance in Africa (2021–2025), its policy and strategic framework and action plan to prevent illicit financial flows in Africa (2017–2021, extended to 2023), and its ‘High Five’ objective that aims to “improve the quality of life” for the people of Africa. It is consistent with ongoing similar support to regional organisations to stem illicit flows from the African continent.

The ceremony was witnessed by the bank’s Deputy Director-General for Eastern Africa Regional and Business Delivery Office, Abdul Kamara and the Executive Director of CoDA / HLP Secretariat, Souad Aden-Osman. Several other officials from the secretariat, the African Union Commission and the bank also attended the event.

Abdul expressed satisfaction with the project, noting that it is in line with the High-Level Panel’s mandate to promote a coordinated response of the bank’s regional member-countries in ensuring that policies and practices are mobilised in addressing financial crime, tax avoidance, and money laundering.

“In addition to combating illicit financial flows, this project will contribute to promoting greater efficiency in public financial management in order to boost revenue mobilisation and management,” Kamara said.

“CoDA welcomes this financial support of the AfDB. We are eager to work with the bank in ensuring Phase II of the implementation of the panel’s recommendations is well underway. This collaboration with the AfDB is highly useful in this regard, and on behalf of its Board of Directors and the High-Level Panel on IFFs from Africa, CoDA is thankful to the President, Management and Board of the AfDB for their continued support,” Aden-Osman said.

Source: Ghana Web

Women should contest women during elections – Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

The Minister of Communications who doubles as Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has said women should be allowed to contest other women in elections.

According to her, this will ensure that parliament has an equal representation of men and women as only 40 female MPs are currently serving in the house despite having 50/51 percent females making up the total population in the country.

“…In 2012 we started by trying the affirmative action initiative of the NPP which advocated that women should be allowed to contest women, not that there will be no contest but if we allow women to contest women across both sides of the political divide no matter who wins that seat it will still be a woman representing that constituency.

“I think we need to revisit such initiatives. We’ve also spoken about the parties themselves, now we are entering the primaries season. I think we have also left it too late, to start this conversation about what we can do to increase the levels of female participation in our governance.

She said there is a need for there to be an increase in the levels of female participation in the country’s governance.

“…we are pushing and facing a lot of resistance but it shouldn’t be a fight left to the women alone then it is seen as being a self-serving venture, the political parties should recognise that women are an indispensable part of the governance.

“… if you look at the history of our parliament, we are still hovering around 10 per cent female participation in the house, I think the highest number we got is the current number of 40 female MPs in parliament as we continue to celebrate international women’s day, it is incumbent on us to also look back and see whether we can do things differently to ensure that just as we have 50/51 per cent females making up our population, the number of women who represented their gender, the house should look like Ghana in terms of the number of women and men.” The minister added.

She added that Parliament should look like how Ghana does where there is almost equal representation of men and women in the country’s population.

Source: Ghana Web

Fred Nuamah will lose the primaries – John Dumelo

Ghanaian actor and politician, John Dumelo has said his one-time best friend and contender for the NDC parliamentary primaries at Ayawaso West Wougon, Fred Nuamah will lose the primaries.

According to Dumelo, his confidence stems from the clamour by people in the constituency for him to come back to continue his good work after he lost to the incumbent MP Lydia Alhassan in 2020.

Speaking on Untied Showbiz, he said “…Fred Nuamah will lose the primaries. If you speak to the people if you speak to the delegate everyone is saying we want John Dumelo to come back and do the good works he was doing. As for Fred coming, I don’t even know why he is coming and that is the issue.”

Speaking about how he feels following Fred Nuamah’s declaring his intention to contest him, he said, “We are not friends, as we speak now, we are not friends. We haven’t been friends for a couple of weeks now.”

He insisted that “At no point did I tell Fred that I am not contesting in Ayawaso West Wuogon, at no point,” before adding that all claims that he (Dumelo) had opted against running were untrue.

“That is a lie. I never had a conversation with Yaw Sakyi about Fred Nuamah. Never, I can never give Fred Nuamah my blessings, when he knows I am coming to contest in Ayawaso West Wuogon,” Dumelo added.

Source: Ghana Web