Elmina – The United Nations in Ghana has marked this year’s International Youth Day (IYD) and World Humanitarian Day (WHD) with a Forum held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and a Health Outreach at Egyeikrom community, near Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana. Egyeikrom is a host community to about 1, 400 refugees from Cote d’Ivoire.
The two events, held on Friday, August 17, 2012 were organized in partnership with the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) and the School of Medical Sciences of the University of Cape Coast (UCC SMS).
The Forum was on the topic The United Nations, Ghana and Humanitarian Work and was held for about 300 participants including students and staff of the UCCSMS, representatives of some NGOs and staff of NADMO. Staff of UNIC, UNFPA, WFP, UNHCR, IOM and UNESCO took turns to address the participants on the role of their agencies in humanitarian service and how the youth can be a part of humanitarian work. The Deputy Central Regional NADMO Coordinator, Mr. Sandy Amartey also delivered a brief statement on the role of NADMO is humanitarian service.
The National Information Officer of UNIC Accra, Ms Cynthia Prah explained the rationale behind organizing the joint event. She said; “In an effort to raise public awareness of humanitarian assistance worldwide and the people who risk their lives in order to provide it, to inculcate in the youth the passion of humanitarianism and to expose them to opportunities within which they can act and contribute towards building a better world, the UN system chose the UCC SMS and Egyeikrom for this event”. According to Ms Prah, the event was to raise public awareness on the role of the United Nations in humanitarian work in Ghana.
Ms Prah also read the UN Secretary General’s messages on both the World Humanitarian Day and the International Youth Day.
The Forum was followed by a health screening of some 200 residents of Egyeikrom by final-year students of the UCC SMS. The students were supervised and supported by the medical staff of the School, the Ghana Health Service and the Center for the Development of Deprived Communities CDDC. Screening of malaria, blood sugar levels, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B were undertaken. The students also provided some health talk on cholera, malaria and good hygiene.