About Me: My name is Abdul-Razak Hanifa, a native of the Upper west Region in Ghana, i work as an environmental health officer. I am 27 years old and married.

My Passions: mobilizing communities with a goal of living in healthy lifesyle

My Challenges: financial incapability

My Vision for the Future: My vision is to combat all communicable diseases in areas that are at risk

My Areas of Expertise: Ashaiman, maamobi, nima,upper wa, ETC.

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Hi Abdul-Razak, Welcome to the World Pulse Community! I see that you work as an environmental health officer- that is very interesting work and such a crucial contribution. What are the main environmental health factors that you see in Ghana?

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These are some of the environmental health factors i have seen in Ghana, Inadequate food hygiene, water pollution by some illegal mining, air pollution, overcrowding, poor housing, poor sanitation,lack of drinking water, poverty, government is much concern about curative health than preventive, corruption, political influence in the work of an environmental health officer brings the officer down to low of lowest in the community such that they can not work effectively.

Thank you Hanifa


Wow, yes you certainly have your hands full with those issues. Preventative measures is something I think is really important too. We have very different issues in Canada that are problematic for our citizens and the sustainable development of our nation. Pollution is bad but I think one of our main issues is over-consumption. Everyone wants new things all the time and people have far more than they would ever need creating so much waste and burrying garbage in the ground that could take hundreds of years to decompose. There are also a lot of recent health issues with the food we eat as it is all made to be consumed quick and has a lot of preservatives and harmful ingredients so there seems to be a wave of people wanting to eat healthy and go back to more organic ways as obesity is affecting people, especially children which is harmful to their health. It is definitely interesting to compare this reality, that is largely self-inflicted, to your issues in Ghana. I wonder if there are Canadian mining companies there.. I know there are many of them accross the world that do a lot of damage to natural resources and local populations and there is very little media attention or public knowledge on the issue.


the last time i watched news on TV i heard the landfill site in Accra Ghana was death trap for residence yet people visit there to defecate, Another problem in is that some communities lack sanitary latrines whiles others mismanage them and therefore fecal matters is exposed to the environment which leads to the recent cholera out in Accra and other diseases.


Hi Abdul-Razak, Thanks for telling us more about the issues in Ghana. I can imagine that sanitation issues which seem small can turn into major health concerns. Do you think that the lack of proper sanitation is also a barrier to gender equality in schools and girls do not always have the proper facility during menstruation? This was a big issue that we saw in Malawi and a key barrier to girls education.



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