Taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages a win-win for Ghana’s public health strategy

Advocating for Health Project: Members of Advocating for Ghana’s Health Coalition present a petition to Ghanaian parliamentarians on Nov. 15, 2022, in Accra, Ghana. Ghana has passed a tax bill on sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce the country’s high sugar consumption and associated health problems. The move follows a successful advocacy campaign from a coalition of…


The Mounting Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in the Savannah Belt of Ghana and its Implication on Livelihoods

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), often known as chronic diseases, are non-transmissible illnesses of often long-term or long duration. They include heart diseases and stroke (cardiovascular diseases – CVDs), diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer and mental health conditions just to mention a few. They are driven primarily by a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental, and behavioural factors…

The effects of sugar-sweetened beverages on health

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are non-dairy or non-alcoholic beverages that have caloric sweeteners added to it. More simply, they are drinks with the largest source of added sugar in the diet. They include carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks/sodas, flavored/fruit juice drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened tea and coffee drinks, and electrolyte replacement drinks. Added sugars…


A4H Coalition lauds Akufo-Addo for assenting Excise Duty Amendment Bill

The Advocating for Health (A4H) Coalition, comprising academics, civil society organizations, public health and nutrition professionals, is commending President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, for assenting the Excise Duty Amendment Bill, 2022. This bill, among others, seeks to tax sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and rake in an estimated 400 million cedis annually. While the effects of…


Press Conference/Statement: Health Benefits of the Excise Duty Amendment Bill 2022

Press Conference: Health Benefits of the Excise Duty Amendment Bill 2022 (PDF) Media reports: