Predatory marketing of unhealthy foods to children is unethical, should be made illegal in Ghana

Childhood obesity is on the rise across the world. Between 1975 and 2016, the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children has increased from 4% to 18% globally.1 The increase is observed almost everywhere (low- and middle-income countries, and high-income countries), particularly within urban area.2  In 2016, more than 340 million children and adolescents (5-19 […]

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Press Conference: Taxation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

 The Ghanaian Parliament in December, 2022, tabled, debated, voted, and approved a Bill to tax Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) and other health-harming commodities and products – as per the Ghana Excise Duty Amendment Bill, 2022. The past couple of months, I have presented my take on this policy intervention. Last week, I shared with you a […]

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Press Release: Taxation of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

The Ghanaian Parliament on December 20, 2022, tabled, debated, voted, and approved (for the second time) a Bill to tax Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) and other products – as per the Ghana Excise Duty Amendment Bill, 2022. Over the past four weeks, I have presented my take on this policy intervention. In my most recent post, […]

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Position Statement “Our Take”

The Ghanaian Parliament on December 20, 2022, tabled, debated, voted, and approved (for the second time) a Bill to tax Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) and other products – as per the Ghana Excise Duty Amendment Bill, 2022. Over the past four weeks, I have presented my take on this policy intervention. In my most recent post, […]

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My Take on Ghana’s Excise Duty Amendment Bill, 2022: [Part IV]

The Ghanaian Parliament on December 20, 2022 debated, voted, and approved a Bill to tax Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) and other products – as per the Ghana Excise Duty Amendment Bill, 2022. Over the past three weeks, I have presented my take on this policy intervention – via this four-part article. In this concluding section of […]

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COVID-19 immunity licensing in Africa: practical, socio-cultural, and ethical bottlenecks

Author: Amos Laar, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon. E-mail: alaar@ug.edu.gh Twitter: @alaar In this commentary published by The Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Ethics Network (PHEPREN), Professor Laar asks the pertinent question: If in future we have good data to support COVID-19 Immunity Passports, would […]

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