MY BELOVED DAUGHTER ABIGAIL

Abigail, my beloved daughter was born on March 16, 2004 and a pupil of A G A Primary School in the flagship gold-mining municipality of Obuasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. She is so dear to my heart and I pray to God to take charge over her, bless and give her the best life could offer.

Abigail my daughter

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AN ENCOUNTER WITH PRO- LINK IMPROVES THE LOT OF THERESA

Theresa Akwetey, a twenty-eight year old JHS graduate lost her father when she was five years and her mother who is a farmer had it tough taking care of her. She therefore went to stay with his brother at Somanya. It was here that she learned Photography with sponsorship from Precious Women International, an NGO. She therefore passed out as a professional photographer. Her brother then moved with her to Accra and settled at Greda Estate.

Determined to find some work to do in order to earn a living, she took up a job as a boutique attendant at a shop on the Spintex Road, where she earned a monthly salary of Fifty Ghana Cedis and that was in 2008.

Theresa had this to say about how Pro – Link helped change her life;

“The Executive Director of Pro-Link, Mrs. Bernice Heloo was my customer and she used to buy clothes from the boutique. She was very nice to me and she advised me a lot on how to conduct myself. I worked at the boutique for some time and I left on the grounds that the salary was meagre.

After leaving the boutique, I found life hard to grind so I discussed my problem with Mrs. Heloo who helped me to acquire a loan of three hundred Ghana Cedis from the Micro Finance project of Pro-Link. She then gave me tutorials of how to manage my business in order to make my business grow. With that capital, I started selling jewelry (chains and ear rings). Following her advice, I managed to repay the loan and in one and half years my capital had grown to two thousand Ghana Cedis. I have added bangles, bracelets, watches, rings, chokers and some fabrics to the chains and ear rings that I started with. At times I go to Togo and Benin to buy the jewelry because it is cheaper there. It is now obvious that I would soon establish my own boutique and I am planning to acquire a shop for that purpose”.

Theresa has not abandoned the photography trade she learnt as she has acquired a camera and does it side by side the jewelry and fabrics business. She is also planning to buy a video camera to enable her expand the photography business

Like Theresa, Pro-Link has been a blessing to many people nationwide who through their various projects aimed at improving the lot of the disadvantaged in the society.

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MY CURRICULUM VITAE

PERSONAL DATA

 

NAME:                                   QUARCOO, THOMAS ADUAH

ADDRESS:                            P. O. BOX AY 498, ASUOYEBOA – KUMASI, GHANA.

EMAIL:                                                          tomquarcoo@aol.com

                                                                        tomquarcoo@gmail.com

DATE OF BIRTH:                             12TH JANUARY 1971.

TELEPHONE:                                    233 (0)24 4851594 OR 233 (0)26 851594

SEX:                                                   MALE

NATIONALITY:                               GHANAIAN

RELIGION:                                       CHRISTIANITY (CATHOLIC)

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:                 ENGLISH ANDASANTETWI.

HOBBIES:                                         READING NOVELS, LISTENING TO                  MUSIC AND JOGGING.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION:  1.GHANAJOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION (GJA)

2. ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFIED CHARTERED ECONOMISTS (ACCE)

3.GHANANATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS (GNAT)

PROFILE:

I have a pragmatic approach and “make it happen attitude”, deadline and budget focused and have worked with teams across the full life cycle of projects with the ability to lead, motivate and capable of translating complex business problems into practical working solutions, streamlining processes and procedures.  I am hardworking, have good sense of humour, good human relations and a good communicator. Continually I seek and explore opportunities and face challenges that are in line with my personal and career goals in my bid to achieve self fulfillment, give the best to my family, and contribute immensely to the community as I strive for excellence.

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

 

2005 – 2009                 KWAME NKURUMAH UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KNUST), KUMASI, GHANA.

                                    MSc Development Policy and Planning (Economics Option)

March, 2008.             INSTITUTE OFCOMMERCIAL MANAGEMENT,UK.

                                    Diploma in Human Resource Management

1999 – 2003                 UNIVERSITY OFCAPECOAST,CAPE COAST,GHANA.

                                    B.A. Social sciences (Economics and Sociology)

1998 – 2001                 UNIVERSITY OFCAPECOAST,CAPE COAST,GHANA

Diploma in Basic Education (Education and Integrated Science)

1993 – 1996                 FOSO TRANING COLLEGE, ASSINFOSO,GHANA.

Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’  

1990 – 1992                 KUMASI HIGH SCHOOL,KUMASI,GHANA.

                                    G.C.E. Advanced ‘A’ Level Certificate

1985 – 1990                 AMANIAMPONG SECONDARY SCHOOL, MAMPONG -ASHANTI,GHANA.

G.C.E. Ordinary ‘O’ Level Certificate.

WORK EXPERIENCE

February 2011 to date

PRO – LINK ORGANISATION (INTERNATIONAL NGO), ACCRA, GHANA

Department:                Administration

Position:                      Head of Programmes

Job Title:                     Senior Administrator

Job Description:         

  1. Ensure the smooth running of projects at all Pro-Link project sites
  2. Develop and implement media strategy for the organisation
  3. Ensure that staff adhere to the administrative and procedures and update them when and where necessary
  4. Ensure the successful implementation of at least one major project (fundraising per quarter)
  5. Ensure staff appraisals are conducted every six months
  6. Any other duty as may be assigned by the Executive Director

 

September 2010 to January 2011.

ATWIMA KWANWOMA DISTRICT EDUCATION DIRECTORATE, GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE (G E S)

Department:                Supervision

Rank:                           Assistant Director II

Job Title:                     Assistant Director in charge of Senior High Schools, Social Security and Pension

Job Description:

  1. Collection and collation of figures on enrolment of students by sex, class and schools
  2. Compilation of list of teaching and non-teaching staff with their particulars of the Senior High Schools which are used as inputs by the Registry, Accounts and Audit units
  3. Keeping records on number of Senior High Schools, classrooms and furniture in the District.
  4. Using data collected and analysed to plan for the effective and efficient running of the Senior High Schools.
  5. Performing any duties assigned by the District Director of Education.
  6. Preparing the documents for G E S workers in the district who are due for pension to enable them access their benefits.
  7. Helping workers with the corrections of the anomalies pertaining to their contributions to Social Security and National Insurance Trust

 

January 2007 to August 2010.

OBUASI MUNICIPALDIRECTORATE,GHANAEDUCATION SERVICE (GES)

Department:                Planning Unit

Rank:                           Assistant Director II

Job Title:                     Planning Officer

Job Description:

  1. Collection and collation of figures on enrolment of pupils/students by sex, class and schools
  2. Compilation of list of teaching and non-teaching staff with their particulars by school and circuit. These are used as inputs by the Registry, Accounts and Audit units
  3. Distribution of textbooks and other teaching and learning materials to the schools.
  4. Conducting annual basic school census at the circuit centres.
  5. Keeping records on number of schools, classrooms and furniture in the municipality.
  6. Using data collected and analysed to plan for the effective and efficient running of the schools.
  7. Performing any duties assigned by the Municipal Director.  

 

November 1, 2009 to date.

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE COAST (KUMASI POLITECHNIC CENTRE), GHANA

Department:                Centre for Continuing Education

                                    (Distance Learning Programme).

Rank:                           Senior Tutor (Economics)

Job Title:                     Part time lecturer

Job Description:

  1. Organise tutorials for students
  2. Give assignments and class tests to students
  3. Invigilate students during examinations and class tests
  4. Mark assignments and class tests
  5. Mark End-of –Semester Exams
  6. Supervise students’ thesis
  7. Offer counselling services to students

 

July 1, 2008 to date.

UNIVERSITYOFEDUCATION, WINNEBA (KUMASICAMPUS),GHANA

Department:                Institute for Educational Development and Extension

                                    (Centre for Distance Learning).

Rank:                           Tutor (Social Studies and Research Methods)

Job Title:                     Part time lecturer (Post–Diploma students)

Job Description:

  1. Organise tutorials for students
  2. Give assignments and class tests to students
  3. Invigilate students during examinations and class tests
  4. Mark assignments and class tests
  5. Mark End-of –Semester Exams
  6. Supervise students’ thesis
  7. Offer counselling services to students

 

January, 2007 to date.

GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS GROUP LTD,GHANA.

Department:                News

Rank:                           Freelance Journalist

Job Title:                     Stringer-Reporter

Job Description:

Writes news and features for Graphic Nsempa

 

October, 2007 to December, 2008.

SCHOOLOFMEDICALSCIENCES,COLLEGEOFHEALTHSCIENCES,

KNUST,GHANA.

Department:               Department of Molecular Medicine

Project Title:              Capacity Development and Adaptation to Climate

                                   Change on Human Health Vulnerability inGhana(Research)

Project Area:              Tamale and its environs (Northern Ghana) and

                                    Mamponten District (Mid-Ghana)

Funding Agencies:      United Nations Institute for Training and Research                                                  (UNITAR) and Advancing Capacity to Support                                                  Climate Change Adaptation (ACCCA)        

Contract Sum:             70,000 dollars

Rank:                           Project Assistant

Job Title:                     Project Coordinator

Job Description:

  1. Prepares budget for the project
  2. Prepares the action plan for the project
  3. Helps in data collection for the research
  4. Helps in the analysis of the data
  5. Serves as resource person for training workshops on climate change
  6. Supervises all activities of the project
  7. Helps in monitoring and evaluation of the project
  8. Writes reports to UNITAR/ACCCA

 

2006 to 2007

PADANE CONSULT

Programme:                 Community-based rural development programme for capacity

                                     Building

Programme areas:        Wansamire, Komeso and Yonso Area Councils in the Atwima

                                     Mponua,AsanteAkyem and Sekyere West District

                                     Assemblies respectively.

Funding Agencies:       GOG, ADF and World Bank

Job Title:                      Consultant

Job Description:

1.   Prepared training manuals and organised training programmes for capacity-            building

 

2006

PADANE CONSULT

Task:                             Preparation of District Profiles and Development Plans

Project areas:                 Ejisu-Juaben and Nkoranza District Assemblies

Funding Agencies:       Ejisu-Juaben and Nkoranza District Assemblies

Job Title:                      Consultant

Job Description:

  1. Collected and analysed data for the preparation of Development plans for the two districts
  2. Prepared District Profiles for the districts
  3. Prepared District Medium-Term Development Plans for 2006-2009 for the districts

 

October, 2005 to October 2006

SCHOOL OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES,

KNUST, GHANA.

Department:            Molecular Medicine

Project Title:           Nutritional Intervention Studies on People Living with HIV/AIDS

        (PLWHAs)

Project Area:           Kumasi metropolis and its environs

Funding Agencies:  Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) GARFUND            

Contract Sum:          220,000,000 Cedis

Rank:                        Project Assistant

Job Title:                  Project Coordinator

Job Description:

1. Researched into indigenous food which contain relevant nutrients and anti-oxidants.

2. Helped in data collection for the study

3. Helped in the analysis of the data

4. Visited PLWHAs in forty (40) communities with the team

5. Offered home-based palliative nutritional support for PLWHAs

6. Offered psycho-social support to PLWHAs (Social Orientation and counselling)

7. Helped in monitoring and evaluation of the project

8. Wrote quarterly reports to GAC

Feb. 2004 to January, 2006.

KWAMENKURUMAHUNIVERSITYOF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

(KNUST),GHANA.

Department:                University Relations Office (URO)

Rank:                           Senior Administrative Assistant

Job Title:                     Media Relations Officer

Job Description:

  1. Developed and implement a media strategy (media planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation); identifying opportunities for pro-active interventions and coverage to enhance the University’s corporate image building and maintenance.
  2. Supervised approaches to the University and maintained a database of relevant media contacts.
  3. Liaised with the media and other publics of the University for information sharing and clarification of relevant issues. Assisted in communicating policy and other relevant information to staff and the public through appropriate communication channels.
  4. Coordinated Public Lectures, Seminars, Workshops, Conferences and other University functions, e.g. Congregation and Matriculation.
  5. Drafted write-ups on official University functions for publication, with the University Photographer and the Web – Master to publish them on the University website (http://www.knust.edu.gh)
  6. Acted as “Correspondent” for the TECHNOCRAT Magazine, in the absence of a substantive correspondent.
  7. Initiated policies for effective public outreach activities and community service, aimed at projecting the corporate image of the University.
  8. Liaised with SRC on matters of concern.
  9. Any other duties that was assigned by the Vice-Chancellor, the Registrar and/or the Head of the University Relations Office from time to time.

 

September 2003 to December 2004.

PRECIOUS LIFE ASSOCIATION, (local NGO, Asokwa, Adansi North District

Project Title:                Care and support for PLWHAs project in 2003

Project Area:               Adansi Asokwa

Funding Agency:       GhanaAIDS Commission (GARFUND)

Contract Sum:             ¢220,000,000 (now GH¢ 220)

Rank:                           Administrator

Job Title:                     Overseer

Job Description:

  1. Prepared the proposal for the funding
  2. Prepared the budget for the project
  3. Prepared the action plan for the proposal
  4. Supervised all activities of the project
  5. Helped in monitoring and evaluation of the project
  6. Wrote quarterly reports to GAC

 

May 2001 – Sept. 2003.                     

RADIO ATL, University of Cape Coast Campus radio.

Department:                News

Rank:                           Editor

Job Title:                     Editorial Assistant

Job Description:

  1. Wrote news and commentaries to be read on the radio
  2. Edited news and commentaries to be read on the radio
  3. Read news
  4. Appeared as a resource person for the newspaper review programme
  5. Gave live report of programmes and incidents          

 

September 1998 – October 2003.

SHAFT RADIO, Obuasi.

Department:                News

Rank:                           Editor

Job Title:                     Editorial Assistant

Job Description:

  1. Wrote news and commentaries to be read on the radio
  2. Edited news and commentaries to be read on the radio
  3. Read news
  4. Appeared as a resource person for the newspaper review programme
  5. Gave live report of programmes and incidents

 

9th July – 28th Sept. 2001.                  

CARE INTERNATIONAL (American NGO), Obuasi.

Department:                Information Education and Communication (IE&C)

Job Title:                     Student on attachment

Job Description:

  1. I was a field worker
  2.  I was a Facilitator for HIV/AIDS Education.
  3.  I was in charge of all their publications and publicity.

 

July 2001 – June 2003.                     

CARE INTERNATIONAL, Obuasi.     

Job Title:                     Volunteer Facilitator

Job Description:

  1. Facilitated at programmes and workshops
  2. Distributed condoms

 

Sept. 1996 – Sept. 1998.                    

GHANAEDUCATION SERVICE

School:                        GyasikromPrimary School, Goaso

Rank:                           Assistant Superintendent

Job Title:                     Classroom Teacher

Job Description:

  1. Taught class six pupils
  2. Counselled pupils and their parents

 

Sept. 1992 – Aug. 1993.                    

GHANAEDUCATION SERVICE

School:                       IndependenceJuniorSecondary School, Obuasi.

Rank:                           National Service Person

Job Title:                     Classroom Teacher

Job Description:

  1. Taught class six pupils
  2. Counselled pupils and their parents

 

 

 

RESEARCH WORKS

 

June 2007.

THE IMPACT OF RADIO ON PEOPLE’S PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNANCE.

Presented to the Department of Planning,KwameNkrumahUniversityof Science and

Technology, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of MSc

Development Policy and Planning.

 

July 2003.

ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF STIGMATISATION AND DISCRIMINATION

AGAINST HIV/AIDS VICTIMS, CASE STUDY,OBUASITOWNSHIP.

Presented to the Department of Economics, University of Cape Coast, in partial

Fulfilment of the requirements for the award of B.A. Social Sciences Degree.

 

August 2001.                         

USING ACTIVITY-ORIENTED METHOD IN TEACHING INTEGRATED

SCIENCE AT THEINDEPENDENCEPRIMARY SCHOOL, OBUASI.

Presented to the Department of Primary Education,UniversityofCapeCoast, in

partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Diploma in Basic Education.

 

June 1996.                             

THE IMPACT OF MINING ON THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC LIFE OF OBUASI

INHABITANTS.

Presented toFosoTrainingCollegein partial fulfilment of requirements for the award

of Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’.

 

 

CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS ATTENDED

 

June 18-19, 2008.      

Conference on Climate, Environment and Human Health held at Sasakawa Conference Room, University of Cape Coast,CapeCoast

 

November 12, 2007.             

A Dialogue on “Implementation of the Whistleblower Act 2006 – Challenges and

Opportunities” organised by Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) in

collaboration with GJA at Miklin Hotel,Kumasi.

 

October 18, 2007.                 

A Dialogue on “Public Service Broadcasting inGhana-The Way Forward” organised

by Ghana Journalists Association in collaboration withFESand KAB Governance

Consult at Miklin Hotel,Kumasi.

 

January 8-10, 2007.              

An International Workshop with the theme “Making Mineral Revenue Work for the

Poor” at Anyinam Lodge, Obuasi. It Was Sponsored By GTZ and Open Society

Initiative forWest Africa(OSIWA) and Facilitated by Publish What You Pay

Campaign.             

 

December 13, 2005.              

Workshop on “Challenges of the Media in the Promotion of Human

Rights/Democratic Governance-Reflections on the Report of the National

Reconciliation Commission” at Miklin Hotel. It was sponsored by UNDP through

National Governance Programme and Facilitated by KAB Governance Consult and

GhanaJournalists Association.

 

July 26 – 30, 2004.                 

Workshop on Improved Economic and Financial Reportage held at Miklin Hotel,

Kumasi. It was sponsored by USAID and facilitated by KAB Governance Consult and

GhanaJournalists Association.

 

March 7 – 9, 2002.                

A Workshop on News Gathering and Reporting sponsored and facilitated by Adansi

Communications Network Limited (Shaft 98.1 fm) a division of Starcom

Broadcasting Services.

 

July 27, 2002.                        

A Seminar of Effective Communication organised by Medianet Consult, at Obuasi.

 

 

REFEREES

 

1.         Prof. Mansah Prah,

            Head, Department of Sociology,

            University of Cape Coast,

            Cape Coast,

            Tel: 024 4387963

            Email: mansahprah@gmail.com

2.         Dr. Francis Agyemang Yeboah,

            Head, Department of Molecular Medicine,

           SchoolofMedicalSciences,

            KNUST,Kumasi

            Tel: 027 5097064

            Email: fayeboah@yahoo.co.uk

3.         Mr. Bright Blewu,

            General Secretary,

            GhanaJournalists Association [GJA],

            International Press Centre,

           Accra.

            Tel: 020 8127520

4.         Mr. Solomon Panford,

Head, University Relations Office,

University Relations Office,

KNUST,Kumasi.

Tel: 020 8115358

Abugas19@hotmail.com

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FIGHTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS, THE PRO LINK WAY

Thomas Quarcoo, Joseph Sarpong and Emmanuel Adiku

The HIV epidemic in Ghana has a significant gender dimension. About 58 per cent of women constitute the HIV population in Ghana and this is sustained among other things by the relentless cycle of vulnerability affecting girls and young women. Surveys in Ghana show an increase in the national prevalence of HIV infection from 1.7% in 2008 to 1.9% in 2009 (GAC 2010). Women however are disproportionately affected; the female-male ratio was 6:1 in 1987 and an estimated 2:1 in 2001 indicating the increasing feminization of the epidemic (WHO 2005). Women aged between 25 and 34 are the most severely affected. All these statistics show that women are more at risk than men hence the gender dimension of HIV/AIDS. Addressing gender inequality is vital to reducing HIV transmission rates as gender inequality including violence against women, decreases women’s power, voice and choices to protect them from infection. Gender inequality within sexual relationships makes it extremely difficult for women to negotiate for safe sex. Many Women therefore suffer in silence as many of them are raped by their spouses, friends and relatives. Women who refuse sexual advances from their promiscuous husbands are severely beaten, maltreated and violated. In these instances many of such women have being infected with the AIDS disease. Sexual violence (Rape, Defilement & Incest) has been identified as a major threat that is fueling the spread of HIV/AIDS among women as many women suffer in silence due to our traditional practice of not speaking publicly about issues concerning sex.

Reflecting on the world wide theme for International Women’s Day Celebration, i.e. “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent works for women”, Pro-link and for that matter the women of the country, believe that for women/girls to be able to concentrate on attaining education, training in science and technology, then they must feel safe and confident by being protected from any sexual violations either at these training centres, schools, workplaces and the community as a whole.

Many women suffer sexual violence in the form of sexual Harassment, Indecent Exposure/Assault, Rape and Defilement at home, in their communities, workplaces and learning centers. Women who go through this undignified experience of sexual assault are traumatized and suffer headaches, nightmares and phobia.   Other effects of Sexual Violence include; abnormal growth and development, infections in the reproductive tract and injury in the vagina, which sometimes narrows the tube for delivery. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of survivors of sexual violence exhibits depression and sexual anxiety according to the Ashanti Regional DOVVSU records. On the average 154 cases of defilement are reported to Ashanti Regional DOVVSU annually. With the story not different in the other regions, there is the need for a concerted effort by all to address this mortifying experience from spreading.

Again Pro-link and its collaborating organizations through our interactions with DOVVSU have identified that most often perpetrators are not prosecuted due to lack of evidence which results from the inability of survivor of Sexual Violence to report the cases due to society blaming them, traditional practices forbidding discussions on sex in the open, fear of not getting married/partners leaving them and especially their inability to pay for the medical examination and report to be signed by a qualified medical doctor. These have culminated in many perpetrators go unpunished and in most cases repeat the act, as most perpetrators are found to be multiple offenders.

Accessing a post treatment has also become difficult as a result of the numerous reasons outlined above and the fact that most survivors do not have any knowledge of existing services available to them. It has been found out that some survivors have contracted HIV/AIDS, other STIs, and pregnancies through these acts.

It is against this background that, Pro-link, funded by DANIDA through Ghana AIDS Commission and in collaboration with Ghana Health Service and DOVVSU is creating awareness on Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), a short term ART given to people exposed to infected blood to prevent infection of HIV within 48 hours. The PEP package include; Trauma Counseling, Family Planning, STI Screening and the ART. These treatments are available at all the major government hospitals, clinics and health centres.

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