Regional Institute of Population Studies Organises Workshop

The Regional Institute of Population Studies (RIPS), of the College of Humanities, recently held a one day workshop on “Climate Change Adaptation Research Training Capacity for development”. The event was attended by representatives from the Ghana Health Service, religious bodies, educational institutions and the assemblies.

Participants at the workshop opined that the only way to effectively tackle the negative impact of climate change is for Ghanaians to have a change of attitude towards the environment.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Leonard Amekudzi, of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), stated that climate change has a high tendency of increasing the incidence of malaria and emphasised the need to improve the nation’s healthcare systems. These, he said, while delivering a talk on “Climate Change and Malaria Prevalence in Coastal Zones of Ghana”.

The Director of the RIPS, Prof. Samuel Codjoe, also spoke on “Climate Change/Variability and Schistosomiasis Transmission in the Ga District, Ghana”. In his presentation, Prof. Codjoe explained that though efforts had been made to mitigate against the transmission of the aforementioned disease, these measures were albeit unsuccessful as the prevalence rate was still high.

Other speakers included Dr. Opoku Pabi (University of Ghana), who expounded on the theme “Climate Change and Artisanal Fishing in Coastal Communities” said that climate change was affecting marine life.

At the end of the presentations, the Provost of the College of Humanities, Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, commended RIPS for organising the workshop. 

Present at the event were also representatives of various media houses. 

Find attached story in Daily Graphic and The Ghanaian times