H3Africa Delegates visit Agbogbloshie

On the 26th September 2019, the GEOHealth West Africa Hub hosted and gave a group of delegates from H3Afria a tour of the Old Fadama training facility and clinic as well as the Agbogbloshie e-waste and scrap metal yard. The group were a section of attendees from the fourteenth H3Africa Consortium’s conference in Ghana from 22nd to 27th September 2019. The conference was organised to facilitate basic and essential research into diseases on the continent of Africa. The consortium aims to improve infrastructure, resources, training as well as ethical guidelines that will aid in a sustainable African research enterprise for the African people led by some African scientists.

The delegates visiting the yard were hosted by the West Africa GEOHealth Hub led by Professor Julius Fobil. The group were introduced to the training centre and clinic. At the training facility a group of e-waste workers were in a class learning about value addition. The delegates spent some time in the class with the workers and were allowed to interact with the class moderator and students.

At the clinic, the head midwife gave the group a tour of the facility and answered any questions. Professor Julius Fobil then led the group through the e-waste and scrap metal yard answering questions and showing them the various processes of informal electronics waste recycling. The delegates got the opportunity to interact with workers, take some pictures and witness some of the recycling processes.