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The African Initiative Mission (AIM) Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, has registered more than 3,000 school girls and children on the National Health Insurance Scheme in the Wa West District.

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The beneficiaries are those whose parents are unable to register them to benefit from the free health care policy introduced in 2005.

The NGO, which is dedicated to promoting girl-child education and health, has also taken the opportunity to supervise all other projects underway in the district.

It also interacted with the various communities on current projects and future projects, especially the youth in agriculture.

The Foundation has also provided feeding assistance to communities involved in the implementation of projects in their communities.

Mr Kofi Osei-Acheampong, Country Director of AIM Foundation, made these known at the Eight Annual Wechiau Girls Conference held at Wechiau on Thursday.

The conference was instituted seven years ago to empower the girl-child and celebrate the uniqueness and talents of young girls in the district for national development.

The five days conference brought together more than 500 girls at the junior high school level from 38 communities in the district.

They were taken through Preventive Health Education, Basic Mathematics, English Language, Music, Moral Education, Science and Physical Education by the 18 resource persons from the United States of America.

Mr Osei-Acheampong said for the past seven years of the operations of the NGO in the district, it had provided educational and medical supplies to basic schools and many of the health facilities in the district.

He said the conference was to bring all stakeholders in the developmental agenda of the district on one platform to create awareness of the activities of the NGO, and engage with them for effective implementation of its projects.

He appealed to the District Assembly to continue to support the course of the NGO to enhance the developmental activities of the girl-child in the district.

Reverend Malobe Sampson, President of AIM Foundation, called on African descendants in the Diaspora to share their knowledge and resources with their brothers and sisters in Africa.

He said Africa could be a great continent if united and urged Ghana to take the lead in the unification efforts for Africa to benefit.

He said every child in Africa deserved good education, health and sustainability, pointing out that sustainability, education and health would help make Africa a powerful nation.

Mr Dasaana N.S. Adamu, Wa West District Chief Executive, commended the NGO for pursuing measures aimed at addressing the conditions of girls in the district.

?The efforts of the NGO are helping to address the imbalances between the rural and urban girls to promoting girls education, nurturing of girls? self-confidence and to have high sense of self-esteem,? he said.

Mr Adamu appealed to the girls to make good use of the opportunity the Foundation had availed to them, while urging them to take moral education seriously by reading the Holy books.

?There is so much cry about moral decadence, corruption and violence in society as a result of poor social upbringing,? he said.

Madam Mary Assumpta Mwinsigteng, Acting Upper West Regional Director of Department of Gender, said many girls, as well as their mothers in the communities, were faced with inequalities, injustices and deprivations.

She said they were also restricted by gender discrimination, poverty, illiteracy, poor nutrition and healthcare.

GNA

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