Des chercheurs de KFSH&RC et de KAUST découvrent le gène responsable de la reproduction de la souche de paludisme la plus dangereuse qui soit

RIYADH, Arabie saoudite, 07 févr. 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Il s’agit là d’une véritable découverte scientifique : en collaboration avec l’université des sciences et technologies du roi Abdallah (« KAUST ») et aux côtés de chercheurs venant du Royaume-Uni, des États-Unis et d’Inde, une équipe de chercheurs du King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (« KFSH&RC ») a mis au jour un gène important essentiel à la lutte contre le paludisme. Ce gène, baptisé PfAP2-MRP, joue un rôle primordial dans le processus de réplication de Plasmodium falciparum, le parasite responsable de la souche de paludisme la plus létale.

Des techniques de laboratoire avancées ont permis aux chercheurs d’inhiber le gène PfAP2-MRP, révélant ainsi son rôle critique dans le cycle de vie du parasite responsable du paludisme dans les globules rouges. L’inhibition vient compromettre la capacité du parasite à se reproduire, atténuant ainsi la gravité des symptômes de la maladie et limitant sa propagation. Cette découverte a de grandes répercussions, car elle porte sur le paludisme provoqué par Plasmodium falciparum, qui chaque année coûte la vie à plus de 500 000 personnes.

Le Dr Ashraf Dada, président du service de pathologie et de médecine de laboratoire au King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre à Djeddah et chercheur en chef, explique : « Cette découverte ouvre la voie au développement de traitements plus efficaces contre la souche de la maladie la plus létale, Plasmodium falciparum. » Par ailleurs, cette étude permet aux scientifiques de mieux comprendre la progression de la maladie et son interaction avec le système immunitaire de l’être humain, contribuant par là même à renforcer les initiatives de lutte contre la propagation du parasite responsable du paludisme le plus fréquemment rencontré en Afrique.

Qui plus est, l’étude en question a démontré que le gène PfAP2-MRP régulait la production de récepteurs protéiques diversifiés sur le plan génétique permettant au parasite d’échapper aux attaques du système immunitaire de l’hôte. Ce mécanisme joue un rôle déterminant dans la propagation du paludisme et met en exergue l’importance du gène dans le développement de stratégies thérapeutiques futures.

Publiée dans la prestigieuse revue Nature, cette étude fort intéressante est le fruit de l’étroite collaboration entre KFSH&RC et KAUST dans le cadre d’activités de recherche innovantes visant à faciliter la détection de la présence de microbes, bactéries et parasites, tout en soulignant l’effort de lutte contre les pathogènes et d’amélioration de la santé humaine entrepris à l’échelle mondiale.

Le King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre compte parmi les leaders mondiaux de la prestation de soins de santé spécialisés, encourageant l’innovation et servant de centre de formation et de recherche médicale avancée. Par l’entremise de partenariats stratégiques avec des institutions locales, régionales et internationales, l’hôpital s’emploie à faire avancer les technologies médicales et à élever les normes en matière de soins à l’échelle mondiale.

À propos du King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre :

Le King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (« KFSH&RC ») est un établissement de santé de premier plan au Moyen-Orient, dont l’ambition est de devenir le meilleur choix pour chaque patient nécessitant des soins spécialisés. L’hôpital se targue d’un palmarès richement doté en matière de traitement de cancers et de maladies cardiovasculaires, de transplantation d’organes, de neurosciences et de génétique.

En 2023, le cabinet de conseil Brand Finance a attribué au KFSH&RC la première place sur le podium des centres médicaux universitaires au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique et l’a classé parmi les 20 meilleurs au niveau mondial. En outre, en 2022, le magazine Newsweek a reconnu l’hôpital comme un chef de file de la prestation de soins de santé à l’échelle internationale.

Dans le cadre du programme saoudien Vision 2030, un décret royal prévoyant de faire de l’hôpital une entité publique indépendante à but non lucratif a été publié le 21 décembre 2021, ouvrant ainsi la voie à un programme de transformation exhaustif visant à devenir un leader mondial des soins de santé grâce à l’excellence et à l’innovation.

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Pesquisadores do KFSH&RC & KAUST Descobrem Gene Responsável pela Reprodução da Cepa da Malária Mais Perigosa

RIADE, Arábia Saudita, Feb. 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Em um grande avanço científico, uma equipe de pesquisa do King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC), em colaboração com o King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), e em conjunto com pesquisadores do Reino Unido, dos EUA e da Índia, descobriu um gene vital fundamental para o combate à malária. Este gene, denominado PfAP2-MRP, é essencial no processo de replicação de Plasmodium falciparum, o parasita que causa a cepa mais letal da malária.

Técnicas laboratoriais avançadas permitiram que os pesquisadores inibissem o gene PfAP2-MRP, revelando seu papel essencial no ciclo de vida do parasita da malária nos glóbulos vermelhos. Essa inibição interrompe significativamente a capacidade do parasita de se reproduzir, reduzindo a gravidade dos sintomas da doença e restringindo sua disseminação. Esta descoberta é particularmente impactante, pois aborda a malária Plasmodium falciparum, que mata mais de meio milhão de pessoas todos os anos.

O Dr. Ashraf Dada, Presidente do Departamento de Patologia e Medicina Laboratorial do King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre em Jeddah e pesquisador principal, disse: “Esta descoberta abre caminho para o desenvolvimento de tratamentos mais eficazes para a cepa mais mortal da malária, o Plasmodium falciparum.” Este estudo aumenta a compreensão da comunidade científica sobre a progressão da doença e sua interação com o sistema imunológico humano, e aprimora os esforços de combate a este parasita da malária tão prevalente na África.

Além disso, a pesquisa demonstrou que o gene PfAP2-MRP regula a produção de receptores proteicos geneticamente diversos, permitindo que o parasita engane o sistema imunológico do hospedeiro. Esse mecanismo desempenha um papel significativo na disseminação global da malária e ressalta a importância do gene no desenvolvimento de futuras estratégias terapêuticas.

Publicado na prestigiada revista “Nature”, este estudo notável faz parte de uma estreita colaboração entre o KFSH&RC e o KAUST nas atividades de pesquisas inovadoras destinadas não apenas a aprimorar o diagnóstico de micróbios, bactérias e parasitas, mas também ressalta um esforço global para o combate de patógenos e melhoria da saúde humana.

O King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre é dos líderes globais de prestação de cuidados de saúde especializados, condução de inovação, e um hubs avançado de pesquisa e educação médica. Por meio de parcerias estratégicas com proeminentes instituições locais, regionais e internacionais, o hospital se dedica ao avanço de tecnologias médicas e elevação dos padrões de cuidado da saúde em todo o mundo.

Sobre o King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC):

O King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) é uma instituição de saúde líder no Oriente Médio, idealizada para ser a escolha ideal para todos os pacientes que procuram cuidados de saúde especializados. O hospital tem uma longa história de tratamento de câncer, doença cardiovascular, transplante de órgãos, neurociências e genética.

Em 2023, o “Brand Finance” classificou o King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre como o melhor centro médico acadêmico do Oriente Médio e da África e entre os 20 melhores do mundo. Além disso, em 2022 ele foi reconhecido como um dos principais provedores de cuidado de saúde pela revista Newsweek.

Como parte da Saudi Vision 2030, um decreto real foi emitido em 21 de dezembro de 2021 visando transformar o hospital em uma entidade independente, sem fins lucrativos e de propriedade do governo, abrindo caminho para um programa abrangente de transformação com objetivo de alcançar a liderança global em cuidados de saúde por meio da excelência e inovação.

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Líderes no Luxo: Automobili Pininfarina Reconhecida com Três Prêmios Internacionais

  • A Automobili Pininfarina começa 2024 com vários prêmios ganhos por seu design
  • A PURA Vision recebeu o prêmio Silver na categoria Produtos Conceituais / Design de Produtos Automotivos e de Transporte no International Design Awards
  • Automobili Pininfarina nomeada “Luxury Electric Performance Car Manufacturer of the Year 2024” pela LUXlife Magazine
  • Battista Edizione Nino Farina é coroado o Melhor Hipercarro Elétrico no Robb Report Monaco & Côte d’Azur Car of the Year 2024
  • O conjunto completo de ativos para apoiar as notícias pode ser encontrado aqui

CAMBIANO, Itália, Feb. 06, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Automobili Pininfarina deu início a 2024 com três prêmios conquistados, continuando a construir o sucesso de um ano anterior que bateu recordes.

A revista LUXlife nomeou a Automobili Pininfarina como “Fabricante de carros de luxo de desempenho elétrico do ano de 2024” em sua premiação anual.

Comemorando as conquistas inigualáveis e a criatividade excepcional no reino do luxo, os prêmios LUXlife homenageiam os líderes e pioneiros que redefinem a excelência no setor, estabelecendo padrões mais elevados de sofisticação e elegância. A Automobili Pininfarina foi a vencedora na categoria “Líderes em Luxo”.

Isso foi seguido por outra vitória para o conceito de design da PURA Vision, que recebeu o prêmio Silver em Conceptual Products / Automotive & Transport Product Design no 2024 International Design Awards.

O PURA Vision representa o início do que promete ser uma era inovadora para os veículos de luxo elétricos e foi escrito pelo Diretor de Design, Dave Amantea. Foi apresentado na Monterey Car Week de 2023.

Dave Amantea, Diretor de Design, comentou: “Nossa filosofia de design PURA tem tudo a ver com simplicidade e beleza atemporal, que é projetada em cada modelo da Automobili Pininfarina. A silhueta elegante e as proporções dramáticas expressam essa linguagem no PURA Vision, concebido aqui como o primeiro Veículo Utilitário de Luxo Elétrico (e-LUV) de sua categoria.”

Os princípios da filosofia PURA, estabelecidos pela Automobili Pininfarina, transformam o DNA de modelos icônicos do passado da Pininfarina SpA para definir o futuro, equilibrando a inspiração de carros clássicos icônicos com elementos futuristas.

Inspirado em proporções clássicas e detalhes requintados, o PURA Vision apresenta uma silhueta elegante com proporções ousadas de cabine traseira que combinam beleza atemporal com detalhes requintados para criar uma identidade dinâmica com presença inconfundível. Entre as características que chamam a atenção estão o vidro estreito e as portas sem colunas com abertura tripla, que proporcionam acesso supremo à sua sofisticada cabine.

Mais recentemente, o Automobili Pininfarina Battista Edizione Nino Farina foi eleito o Melhor Hipercarro Elétrico no Robb Report Monaco & Côte d’Azur Car of the Year 2024. Apresentado no Goodwood Festival of Speed de 2023, ele é uma homenagem à lenda das corridas Nino Farina – sobrinho do fundador da empresa, Battista “Pinin” Farina, e o primeiro campeão mundial de Fórmula 1.

Cada um dos cinco exemplares exclusivos apresenta um detalhe requintado que faz referência a um marco diferente na carreira de corrida de Nino. Com acabamento em uma pintura Rosso Nino sob medida, complementada por uma pintura especial na parte inferior da carroceria, com acabamento em Bianco Sestriere e Iconica Blu, o design exterior é complementado pelas rodas de liga leve Glorioso de alumínio forjado com 10 raios Satin Gold.

Contatos com a imprensa

Duncan Forrester
Diretor de comunicações
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Akira Shinonuma
Gerente de comunicações
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SOBRE A AUTOMOBILI PININFARINA
Automobili Pininfarina tem sua sede operacional em Munique, Alemanha, com uma equipe de executivos automotivos experientes de marcas de carros de luxo e premium. Projetado, concebido e produzido manualmente na Itália, o Battista hyper GT e todos os modelos futuros serão vendidos em todos os principais mercados globais sob a marca Pininfarina. O objetivo da empresa é projetar experiências para os principais fabricantes de sabores do mundo. A Automobili Pininfarina GmbH é um investimento de 100% da Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd após a assinatura de um contrato de licença de marca registrada entre a Pininfarina S.p.A. e a Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. A Pininfarina S.p.A. tem um papel influente no apoio às capacidades de design e produção com base em sua experiência única de 94 anos na produção de muitos dos carros mais icônicos do mundo.

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Les leaders du luxe : Automobili Pininfarina récompensée par trois prix internationaux

  • Automobili Pininfarina entame l’année 2024 en remportant plusieurs prix récompensant ses designs
  • PURA Vision a reçu le prix d’argent dans la catégorie Produits conceptuels / Design de produits automobiles et de transport lors des International Design Awards
  • Automobili Pininfarina a été nommé « Fabricant de voitures électriques performantes de luxe de l’année 2024 » par le magazine LUXlife
  • Battista Edizione Nino Farina a été nommé « Meilleur hypercar électrique » au Robb Report Monaco & Côte d’Azur Car of the Year 2024
  • Une série complète de ressources pour accompagner ces informations peut être consultée ici

CAMBIANO, Italie, 07 févr. 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Automobili Pininfarina a démarré l’année 2024 en remportant trois prix, continuant ainsi à consolider le succès de son année précédente record.

Le magazine LUXlife a désigné le constructeur Automobili Pininfarina « Constructeur de voitures électriques de luxe performantes de l’année 2024 » à l’occasion de ses récompenses annuelles.

Reconnaissant les progrès inégalés et la créativité exceptionnelle du monde du luxe, les prix LUXlife récompensent les leaders et les pionniers qui redéfinissent l’excellence au sein de l’industrie, pour instaurer de nouveaux standards en matière de sophistication et d’élégance. Automobili Pininfarina a été récompensée dans la catégorie « Leaders du luxe ».

Cette récompense a été suivie d’une autre pour le concept de PURA Vision, qui a reçu la médaille d’argent dans la catégorie Produits conceptuels / Conception de produits automobiles et de transport lors des 2024 International Design Awards.

La PURA Vision, conçue par Dave Amantea, Chief Design Officer, marque le début de ce qui promet d’être une nouvelle ère pour les véhicules électriques de luxe. Elle a été présentée lors de la Monterey Car Week 2023.

Dave Amantea, directeur du design, a commenté : « Notre philosophie de design PURA est axée sur la simplicité et la beauté intemporelle que l’on retrouve dans tous les modèles d’Automobili Pininfarina. Cette idée s’exprime dans la silhouette élégante et les proportions saisissantes de la PURA Vision, envisagée ici comme un véhicule utilitaire électrique de luxe (e-LUV) novateur » .

Les principes de la philosophie PURA, établis par Automobili Pininfarina, redéfinissent l’ADN des modèles emblématiques passés de Pininfarina SpA pour réécrire l’avenir, en combinant l’inspiration des voitures classiques emblématiques avec des éléments futuristes.

Inspirée par les proportions et les détails raffinés des voitures classiques, PURA Vision se distingue par une silhouette élégante avec des proportions audacieuses à l’arrière de la cabine et combine une beauté intemporelle avec des détails exquis pour créer une identité complexe avec une présence inimitable. Parmi ses caractéristiques les plus remarquables, on peut citer son vitrage étroit et ses portières sans montants à triple ouverture, qui offrent un accès exceptionnel à son habitacle sophistiqué.

Plus récemment, l’Automobili Pininfarina Battista Edizione Nino Farina a été nommée « Meilleur hypercar électrique » au Robb Report Monaco & Côte d’Azur Car of the Year 2024. Présentée lors du Goodwood Festival of Speed 2023, elle rend hommage à la légende de la course automobile Nino Farina, neveu du fondateur de la société, Battista « Pinin » Farina, et premier champion du monde de Formule 1.

Chacun des cinq exemplaires uniques présente un détail particulier qui fait référence à une étape importante de la carrière de Nino dans le monde de la course automobile. Avec une finition en Rosso Nino sur mesure complétée par une livrée spéciale sur la partie inférieure de la carrosserie, en Bianco Sestriere et Iconica Blu, le design extérieur est complété par des jantes Glorioso en alliage d’aluminium forgé à 10 rayons, de couleur or satiné.

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À PROPOS D’AUTOMOBILI PININFARINA
Le siège des opérations d’Automobili Pininfarina se trouve à Munich, Allemagne, et réunit une équipe de cadres expérimentés dans le domaine de l’automobile, issus de marques de voitures de luxe et de haut de gamme. Conçue, dessinée et produite à la main en Italie, la Battista hyper GT et tous les futurs modèles seront vendus sur les principaux marchés internationaux sous la marque Pininfarina. L’entreprise a pour objectif de concevoir des expériences pour les plus grands influenceurs de goût du monde. Automobili Pininfarina GmbH est un investissement à 100 % de Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd suite à la signature d’un accord de licence de marque entre Pininfarina S.p.A. et Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. Pininfarina S.p.A. joue un rôle important dans les activités de conception et de production en s’appuyant sur son expérience unique de 94 ans dans la production de nombreuses voitures comptant parmi les plus emblématiques au monde.

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Cookstove laboratory poised to contribute to improving air quality, emission reduction


Officials of the Cookstove laboratory at the Institute of Industrial Research of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, (IIR-CSIR) are upbeat about the Centre’s readiness to play its role towards improving air quality.

They said the laboratory was well positioned to support the country and the continent to contribute to meeting climate action plans of reducing emissions from traditional cookstoves.

More than six out of ten homes in Ghana for instance cook using traditional cookstoves, which generate soot, which harm users especially women, and deteriorate the quality of air.

Dr Ferdinand Tornyie, a Scientist at CSIR-IIR, told the Ghana News Agency that although the Centre had existed for over 13 years, recent capacity building and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation had enhanced its operation.

Through the Round Robin Testing Programme, an initiative supported by the United States of America’s Environmental Protection Agency and United Nations Foundation’s Clean
Cooking Alliance, the capacity of cookstove laboratories, including that of IIR-CSIR was built to meet international standards.

‘When you bring your stove here for testing, the results will be the same or similar to the result you will get from other labs in the world,’ he said.

He stated that the lab had become more relevant as the country sought to rigorously pursue clean cook technology to meet its climate actions of reducing emissions and also trading the carbon saved to support adaptation activities.

‘Per the current legislation instrument, an individual or company that wants to trade in an improved cookstove needs to secure test results from the CSIR-IIR lab before the relevant institutions such as Ghana Standard Authority and Energy Commission allows you to go ahead,’ he said.

Dr Tornyie said in a month, the lab could conduct ISO test on about 15 cookstoves, adding that the lab could do more with support to expand its facilities.

He said the lab scientists provided technical advice to companies, c
o-design stoves, test, and conduct user, adoption, and efficiency research.

The original mandate of the Center is to work to ensure the testing of stoves, supporting government and industry in the promotion of clean cooking solutions to reduce fuel use and providing access to improved stoves to replace inefficient stoves that produce soot linked to respiratory diseases.

‘The lab has upgraded and positioned itself in the scheme of things. We have taken the lead and due to its vibrancy our facility has been identified to host training for personnel from labs in other African countries and outside Africa,’ he said.

Dr Reginald Quansah, a Senior Lecture at the University of Ghana, Legion, said exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires – the primary means of cooking for many Ghanaians, caused premature deaths, with women and children particularly affected.

He noted that toxic cookstove smoke contributed to a range of chronic illnesses and acute health impacts such as pneumonia, bronchitis, c
ataracts, lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, low birth weight and burns.

‘…In the case of pregnant mothers, the smoke particles get into the mother’s system and even travels to the baby’s system and interact with the growth,’ Dr Quansah said.

He noted that advanced cookstoves and cleaner fuels now existed and, if deployed at scale, could save millions of lives, while improving countless others, empowering women, creating opportunities for the poor, and reducing negative environmental impacts.

The World Health Organisation estimates that harmful cookstove smoke is the fifth leading cause of death in developing countries.

Reliance on biomass for cooking forces women and children to spend many arduous hours each week collecting fuel.

The use of biomass for cooking also increases pressures on natural resources and contributes to climate change at the regional and global level.

By dramatically reducing fuel use and exposure to harmful cooking smoke, clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels deliver a wide r
ange of health, environmental, livelihoods and gender benefits, while serving as a worthwhile investment that can rapidly offset the upfront costs.

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Bawumia’s Digital Ghana revolution to train one million talents


The Vice President and the Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has outlined his ambitious plan to train about one million Ghanaian digital talents as part of his transformative Digital Ghana vision, if elected as President of Ghana.

In his first public address following his election as NPP flagbearer in Accra on Wednesday, he said his vision was to build a Digital Ghana, which would apply technology to transform key sectors of the economy.

He mentioned key sectors such as the agriculture, healthcare, education, manufacturing, and the financial sector for a prosperous digital economy, to make Ghana a digital hub and create jobs for the youth.

To help realise this vision, the NPP flagbearer said he intended to build the digital talents Ghana needed for the global digital revolution, and revealed plans to train

at least 200,000 youth every year on digital software skills.

That, he said, would not only provide them jobs in Ghana, but also on the global market.

‘I want to see Ghana b
uild the digital talent we require for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This will mean providing digital and software skills to hundreds of thousands of youth,’ Dr Bawumia said.

‘ In collaboration with the private sector, we will train at least 200,000 youth per year for the next five years. This, along with other policies, will create jobs for the youth, including school dropouts.’

‘I also want to enhance the repositioning of the education system towards STEM, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and vocational skills to cope with the demands of the fourth Industrial Revolution and job creation.’

‘ In collaboration with the private sector, we will aim to train at least 1,000,000 software developers in five years (200,000 per year). As software developers. They will have job opportunities worldwide.’

Dr. Bawumia said Ghana had capable manpower but were often derailed by pessimism and impossibility mindsets; adding that his government would champion the mindset of possibilities to bring out the best of every
Ghanaian.

‘I want to encourage Ghanaians to have a mindset of possibilities and not impossibilities,’ he said.

‘The challenges we must overcome as a country are too important to let our political differences derail us. There is a critical failure of mindset that manifests itself in the absence of core values, patriotism and principles within our society.’

‘We need to invigorate the can do spirit of the Ghanaian to believe that we can even do better than the advanced countries if we put our minds to it.’

He cited the example of students from Mamfe Girls and Prempeh College, who won international robotic competitions against their peers in the US, Germany and South Korea.

‘ We have to apply the same mindset of beating the world in robotics, singathons and cookathons to every sphere of activity. We must believe It is possible!’

He said that must be inculcated in the children from school.

‘ This is why we are going to introduce a growth mindset curriculum to help students build critical skills such us prob
lem solving, risk taking, opportunity spotting and design thinking,’ Dr Bawumia added.

In attendance at the Kofi Ohene Konadu Auditorium of the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) were Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady, wife of the Vice President Hajia Samira Bawumia, former President John Agyekum Kufuor, former Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Aaron Oquaye, and Mrs Osei Frema-Opare, the Chief of Staff.

The others are the National Chairman of the NPP, Mr Stephen Ayensu Ntim, Mr Justin Kodua Frempong, the General Secretary, former presidential aspirants of the party, ministers of State, members of Parliament, Party Executives, Council of Elders and the diplomatic community and party supporters.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana Statistical Service holds two-day data workshop for Chief Directors, Heads of Institutions


The Ghana Statistical Service has held a two-day training workshop for about 30 Chief Directors of Ministries, Departments and Agencies and Heads of State and International Organisations to enhance the use of data for planning and decision making.

The programme, which is on the theme ‘National Partnership to Harness the Power of Data for Development, aimed to strengthen the national data partnership mechanisms for creating and sustaining political incentives for investing in data and sharing within and across the participating institutions.

It was also to create awareness of the definition of fundamental concepts including data, statistics, information, research, statistical data, database, microdata, metadata and research and develop a framework for consolidating gains, harnessing the data dividend, and building structures for sustaining impact.

The Government Statistician, Professor Samuel K. Annim, said MDAs could harness the power of data through collaboration.

He said the major challenge for sustaine
d economic growth and development since independence was the misalignment of policies, adding that the development of the country depended solely on the effective use of data where sector policies had statistical targets.

Prof Annim said the GSS was interested in how statistical data was been used in the development and evaluation of policies, saying there were inconsistencies in the use of statistics for national development policies.

In this direction, he said the GSS was working to promote the National Statistical System to coordinate and collaborate with all the MDAs to

ensure their Information Communication systems spoke to each other and were interoperable.

Prof Annim said the GSS was working to ensure the country’s policy documents and policies were aligned with data and statistics.

The Government Statistician said the GSS was being supported by international organisations to ensure the harmonization of the National Statistical Systems under the Harmonising and Improving Statistics in West Africa
Project.

The Head of the Civil Service, Dr Evans Aggrey-Darkoh, said Chief Directors held a pivotal position in the Civil Service, serving as the backbone of administrative efficiency and efficiency.

‘Chief Directors must lead efforts to establish robust data management systems that facilitate easy access, integration and analysis of data across various sectors,’ he said.

Dr Aggrey-Darkoh said benefits of data included well-informed decisions, ensuring evidence-based policies, appropriate monitoring and assessment of policies and transparency and accountability.

The Resident Representative of UNDP in Ghana, Angela Lusigi said the UNDP was pleased to support the Power of Data Initiative in line with its commitment to enhancing the development partner collaboration and country ownership.

‘Let me assure you of UNDP’s continued support towards leveraging data as a powerful tool for sustainable development,’ she stated.

Ms Lusigi said data was critical in achieving the sustainable development goals, adding t
hat data could be used to influence change.

Dr Grace Bediako, Board Chair of GSS, said the effective use of data could revolutionalise the world, business, nation as well as personal lives, when used.

She said the GSS Board and Management and the Head of the Office of Civil Service, are ready to support your statistical endeavours to harness the dynamic power of data.

‘The partnership in data revolution has begun. We invite you to express your thoughts, concerns and capacity needs of your institutions.

Let us make sure that we can speak authoritatively using data and statistical information in our policy discourse, planning, programming, decision making and accountability frameworks,’she added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

National Action Plan on Youth, Peace and Security to serve as blueprint for engaging the youth – KAIPTC


The National Action Plan (NAP) on Youth, Peace and Security is to serve as a strategic blueprint, for empowering and engaging the youth.

This will enable the youth to contribute meaningfully to peace and security, Major General Richard Addo Gyane, the Commandant of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), has said.

‘…with our wealth of experience and commitment to excellence, we are well-positioned to navigate the complexities and nuances of this task of leading the technical development of the policy’, he added.

Major General Gyane was speaking at the first stakeholders meeting on the development of a National Action Plan (NAP) on Youth, Peace, and Security at the KAIPTC in Accra.

Participants included representatives of youth groups, international organizations, civil society organisations and some state agencies.

Major General Gyane said the success of the NAP hinged on collaborative efforts to ensure the brainstorming, needs assessments, and policy formulation aligned with
international best practices and Ghana’s specific context.

Mr Pius Enam Hadzide, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Youth Authority (NYA), said, ‘the NYA is committed to inclusivity, guaranteeing that the voices of our youth are not only heard but integral to the shaping of our policies.’

He announced that the Government, was committed to allocating adequate financial resources for the implementation of the action plan.

‘Driven by this goal, we will launch capacity-building programs that equip our youth with the essential tools for conflict resolution, dialogue facilitation, and community-based peacebuilding.

‘Alongside these efforts, we are unwavering in our pursuit of instilling a culture of non-violence, countering extremism through the power of education and understanding,’ Mr Hadzide said.

Mr George Amoh, the Executive Secretary of the National Peace Council, urged stakeholders to understand that the youth were a critical human resource, and ‘our approach to managing them will determine whe
ther they become valuable assets or potential liabilities’.

He said, the Council, recognising the crucial role of young people in building sustainable peace and security, has established a Youth Peace and Security desk to have targeted youth programmes.

Mr Amoh expressed hope that the Action Plan would help to address the challenges faced by young people across the country, particularly in conflict and post-conflict areas.

The NAP on Youth, Peace and Security initiative is a pilot programmeg led by the Women, Youth, Peace and Security Institute (WYPSI) of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in partnership with the National Youth Authority (NYA).

It aims at translating the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 into concrete actions, harnessing the potential of young people for sustainable peace and security.

The UN Resolution 2250 calls for the development of National Action Plans on Youth, Peace, and Security, to provide a framework for governments to address the
unique challenges faced by young people and harness their potential as agents of positive change.

Ghana is part of a select group of nations, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, undertaking their respective National Action Plan on Youth, Peace and Security project projects.

Ghana’s NAP would ensure that young people have access to education and employment, so they could contribute positively to peacebuilding and sustainable development.

Source: Ghana News Agency