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Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo was born on the 12th of March, 1951 to Justice Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph, speaker of Parliament in the Third Republic of Ghana and Frances Phillipina Griffiths-Randolph (nee Mann). She attended the Achimota Primary School and continued at the Wesley Grammar School in Accra and then to the Government Secretarial School where she qualified as a Secretary. She worked at the Merchant Bank in Ghana before relocating to the United Kingdom. She qualified as a legal secretary in the United Kingdom and worked for Clifford Chance and Ashurst Morris Crisp both multinational law firms.
She is married to the President-Elect of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and they have five daughters and five grandchildren. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo and her husband are both staunch members of the Accra Ridge Church and are committed Christians.
Her hobbies include floristry, interior decoration and reading. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo loves children and is the patron of Infanta Malaria a charity dedicated to the prevention of Malaria in children. She has always been supportive of her husband’s career and has maintained an unshakeable belief in his ability to “Move Ghana Forward”. As the first Lady of the Republic of Ghana her interests will include early childhood malnutrition and education.
Who is Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo?
Helping Infertile Couples
First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mrs Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo has admonished society against mocking and stigmatizing perceived infertile couples, rather, empathize with them and influence national policies on enhancing fertility care.
Mrs Akufo-Addo expressed the concern when she formally welcomed First Ladies from Africa and Asia, to the 6th edition of the Merck Africa Asia Luminary 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra today.
The conference which also marks the second (2nd) anniversary of Merck Foundation is being co-chaired by Mrs Akufo-Addo and CEO of Merck Foundation, Dr. Rasha Kalej.
In a brief speech, Mrs Akufo-Addo said this year’s conference will deliberate extensively on infertility to identify avenues of changing mind-sets towards perceived infertile couples and resourcing further research to build fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.
She said she was optimistic that after five years of providing the platform for brilliant, engaging scientific discussions that have raised awareness and collaboration around Diabetes, Fertility, Oncology and other health issues, the 6th edition of the Merck Luminary would end with the formulation and planned implementation of programmes that will address the challenges of infertility.
The First Lady of Ghana expressed immense gratitude to her fellow participating First Ladies from Liberia, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Chad and Nigeria for being part of the great movement against infertility in Africa, stating that “this is a movement of empathy, respect, empowerment and recognition.of which your collective involvement is imperative to its success”.
The 6th edition of the Merck Africa Asia Luminary 2019, was officially opened by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana
Tackling Malaria in Ghana
The First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo has charged stakeholders to prioritize and ensure judicious use of available resources in the fight towards zero incidences of malaria in Ghana.
According to her, “malaria is a preventable disease and we have evidence of proven tools that can change our story. What is needed is renewed and vigorous commitment to the fight against it”
The First Lady made this known at the launch of the 2019 World Malaria Day in Somanya – Akutunya Lorry station in the Yilo Krobo Municipal Assembly under the theme ‘Zero malaria starts with me.”
“In July 2018, at the African Union Summit, President Akufo-Addo pledged his commitment to champion innovation, to reduce the malaria burden. Since that pledge, I am aware the Ministry of Health together with our partners, have intensified efforts in the fight against malaria. The country has scaled up existing interventions and is on track to pilot the malaria vaccine.” She said.
She stressed that “it is of great pride to me to have met the target for reduction of the mortality indicator as promised by the President.”
Despite these significant results, she disclosed that “people still die from malaria and the disease continues to be the number one cause of out-patient attendance in our health facilities” and expressed worry Ghana is listed among the 10 African countries with a high burden of malaria in the world.
Looking forward, the First Lady was confident that, “it is possible to achieve zero malaria. Globally, more countries, are moving towards zero indigenous cases. In 2017, more countries reported fewer than 10 000 cases, as compared to 2016 and 2010. The number of countries with less than 100 indigenous cases, which is a strong indicator that elimination is within reach, increased from 15 countries in 2010 to 24 countries in 2016 and 26 countries in 2017.”
“We can also do it, if we all work together and follow guidelines established by the WHO and our national strategy.” She emphasised.
Describing the theme, ‘’Zero Malaria starts with me’’ as a call to action, he said it requires all of us to take advantage of the existing interventions for control of malaria in the country.
The First Lady, in collaboration with the Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation has for 14years fought to reduce and eradicate the incidence of malaria, especially in children and mothers in Ghana.
Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana is the Executive Director of the Rebecca Foundation. The foundation works in partnership with governmental agencies, the private sector, development partners, civil society and non-profit organizations in the execution of its initiatives.
Since its inception in 2017, the foundation has spearheaded the construction of a new mother and baby unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi, assisted the schools for special needs children in Akwapim, supported various children from across the country to undergo urgent medical interventions and has also resourced many orphanages in the country.
The foundation has funded the construction of a community bridge in Zenu – a low income highly populated community in the Greater Accra Region, and the renovation of a community clinic in Abamkrom in the Central Region. Additionally, The Rebecca Foundation has trained about 200 women in the Eastern and Northern regions of Ghana in bead making, batik making and entrepreneurship. The foundation is also helping to improve learning outcomes for Ghanaian children.
Merck Africa Asia Luminary Conference
First lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo in collaboration with Merck Foundation will open the Merck Africa Asia Luminary Conference 2019 on Tuesday, 29th October, 2019 at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra. at 8.30 am.
The event, the 6th edition in its series will bring together policy makers, technical experts and stakeholders to discuss educational, social and technological developments in the management of fertility, oncology, women’s health, diabetes and cardiology.
The programme which will be co-chaired by Mrs. Akufo-Addo and CEO of Merck Foundation Dr. Rasha Kelej, will be officially opened by the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,
According to Press Aide at the Office of the First Lady, Mr. Richard Darko, the event which is in consonance with the mission of The Rebecca Foundation to identify and implement initiatives that support government efforts to improve the lives of Ghanaians, especially women and children, will afford stakeholders the conducive platform to work on strong strategies to build healthcare capacity and provide the necessary training to establish a strong platform of experts in Diabetes, Hypertension, Cancer and Fertility care and define interventions to break infertility stigma.
In attendance will be First Ladies of several African countries including Liberia, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic,Chad and Nigeria, as well Ministers of Health, Gender, Information and Education and over a 1000 healthcare providers and policy makers to lend technical and political support to the formulation and implementation of policies and decisions at the programme.
The Rebecca Akufo- Addo Foundation (RAAF) seeks to deliver excellence as a team and impact positively on the lives of Ghanaians
Our mission is to identify and implement initiatives that support government efforts to improve the lives of Ghanaians, especially women and children.
Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Nana Addo Family
Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo have been married for over 20 years. Children: Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, Edwina Nana Dokua Akufo-Addo, Adriana Dukua Akufo-Addo, Yeboakua Akufo-Addo. Rebecca Akufo-Addo Parents: Jacob Hackenburg Griffiths-Randolph, Frances Philippina Griffiths-Randolph.
Rebecca Akufo-Addo Biography and Profile