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March 16, 2022

Greetings everyone!

Welcome to the USAID/West Africa’s Regional Health Office’s quarterly ParlerHealth newsletter of activity updates, programmatic highlights, resources and announcements.

This issue’s highlights include:

•    Spotlight on the Director General of the West Africa Health Organization

•    Stories and resources

•    Announcements

As always, I hope you find this newsletter interesting and relevant to your work. For any questions or comments regarding this and future newsletters, please contact Mary Tegah ( and Alaa El-Bashir (


Akua Kwateng-Addo

Regional Health Office Director

USAID/West Africa

March 8, 2022

The conservation and restoration of West Africa’s remaining tropical forests are crucial to maintain the region’s biological heritage for future generations, meet global carbon emissions reduction targets, and ultimately, reduce the extent and effects of climate change. While measurable progress has been made to reverse past trends, efforts have been hampered by constraints including limited intra-regional coordination and inadequate information and awareness at the general public and policy-maker levels. These challenges, among others, have hamstrung the scale and pace of action required to effectively address the threats to West Africa’s forests, biodiversity and economies.

March 4, 2022

Awuku Makafui, a YALI Regional Learning Center (RLC) alumnus, built the first bus shelter in Accra, Ghana, out of 700 kg of recycled plastic materials. It is 24 feet wide; sits 16 adults; has rooftop solar panels that provide power to a USB charging point, and even has a radio installed for easy listening.

Makafui Awuku is a member of Team Sankara, winner of the Dow / YALI Accra RLC Design Challenge in Sustainable Waste Management and a winner of the third call of the YALI Alumni Innovation Fund. He is an innovator, activist and conservationist determined to prevent plastic from going back into the environment.

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February 28, 2022

Greetings from West Africa, we are delighted to bring you updates on our activities within the sub region. This edition highlights partnerships to empower women in West Africa, promotes activities in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), discusses our support to the power and energy sector, and expands on our efforts to promote agribusiness in the sub-region, while improving the livelihoods of farmers through increased productivity.  

February 2, 2022

Dear Colleagues, Partners, and Friends,

Happy New Year and welcome to the RPGO Brief, USAID West Africa's Regional Peace and Governance Office’s (RPGO) bimonthly newsletter of updates, programmatic highlights, and resources.

This issue’s highlights include:

●      The close out of three RPGO-funded Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) research activities and links to their reports

●      Early warning and response training for ECOWAS

●      Wrapping up conflict prevention grants programs in Niger, Benin, Togo, and Guinea


Last updated: September 16, 2022

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