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1 1st Mental Health and Well-Being Conference of Ghana October 2013 Key Dates Deadline for submission of abstracts – July 31, 2013 Deadline for registration and fees Early bird - June 30, 2013 – Extended to 12th July 2013 (Non-refundable) Late registration (late fees add additional fees) from July 12, 2013

2 1st Mental Health and Well-Being Conference of Ghana October 2013 Travel Advice Ghana is a hospitable country and a model of peace and political stability in the West African region. It has a presidential system of government, with presidential elections held every four years. As in any foreign country, it is, however, important to know what and what not to do under certain circumstances. This guideline contains health and security guidelines to help you enjoy your stay in Ghana. APPLICATION FOR VISA Please visit the website of the nearest Embassy of Ghana for the latest updates on visa requirements. Please plan to obtain your visa four weeks before travelling. Australia:- Denmark:- United Kingdom:- https://www.ghanahighcommissionuk.comhttps://www.ghanahighcommissionuk.com Embassies of Ghana worldwide:- finder.com/ghana_embassieshttp://embassy- finder.com/ghana_embassies Travel Information Among some of the major airlines that service Kotoka International Airport in Accra are: Emirates, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Alitalia, Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, Virgin Airlines, South African Airways etc. IMPORTANT: Prepare to purchase air tickets early (ideally purchase by the end of JUNE 2013) MAY WISH TO CHANGE. In general, the closer to the travel date you purchase the ticket, the higher the cost will be. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPECIALS AND BOOK NOW!

3 1st Mental Health and Well-Being Conference of Ghana October 2013 WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU Health IMPORTANT: Malaria prevention medication (mefloquine [Lariam] or doxycycline), to be taken daily or weekly. IMPORTANT: Mosquito repellent, with at least 20-30% DEET (diethylmethyltoluamide). Optional: flying-insect spray or mosquito coils to help clear rooms of mosquitoes (product should contain a pyrethroid insecticide). It is also advised that medical precautions in the form of prophylaxes are taken against malaria prior to arrival in Ghana. DELEGATES should obtain a valid Medical Certificate showing vaccination against Yellow Fever. Good medical facilities are found in all major towns and cities. Delegates are advised to carry sufficient quantities of any prescription drugs they need to take. You may take along a radio or other electronic equipment, but note that Ghana uses volts, the same as Australia and the UK, but America uses 120 volts. Most bathrooms at the Guest Centre and Hotels, however, have dual voltage sockets for driers and shavers. Remember to take along two European-style adapters (a round one and a rectangular one) to plug into the sockets.

4 1st Mental Health and Well-Being Conference of Ghana October 2013 PHONE CALLS Telephone: You may bring a mobile phone. The phone type that will work in Ghana has the following specifications: GSM phone (World Phone), 900 and 1900 frequency (dual or quad band); it must be unlocked. Upon arrival, you can buy a SIM-Card to be placed in it for use (a simple procedure). One may also purchase a new or used phone easily upon arrival. Additionally, at most hotels, you can receive or send calls directly from your room. These options are more expensive. Codes: Ghana – 233; Accra – 302 To dial within Ghana, you need to include 0 for city code: e.g To call Ghana from overseas, exclude 0 from the city code: e.g … MONEY Local currency is called Cedis. You will not be able to cash any personal cheques drawn on most banks while in Ghana. Cashing travelers cheques can also be troublesome, so it is recommended that you carry a little bit of cash (dollars, pounds, euro), which you can readily exchange at Forex Bureaus. You can also withdraw money at ATMs. A lower rate applies when exchanging small denomination U.S. bills ($50 or $100 bills are ideal). There is no problem changing Cedis back to foreign currencies. Even though the most widely accepted credit cards are American Express and Visa, you are dissuaded from using these cards: they can attract heavy surcharges and they can attract fraud. Use them mainly to get cash advances.

5 1st Mental Health and Well-Being Conference of Ghana October 2013 TRANSPORTATION Public transport is local mini-buses for intra-city use called tro-tro as well as taxis are widely available. A taxi prices are negotiable and best get a local to negotiate before you depart. SHOPPING AND MARKET CENTRES Several shopping centres and markets in the City and the suburbs Few Shopping areas of interest available: Oxford Street in Osu RE, noted for its commercial activities, notably grocery shops, fast-food joints and brisk nightlife. Central Accra near Rawlings square (especially Makola Market) Accra Arts Centre (where you can shop all day … from clothing and arts and crafts to jewellery), Tetteh Quarshie Circle, (for batik clothing, crafts and arts) Accra Mall, also located at Tetteh Quarshie Circle (A food court and several restaurants are located at the Mall.)

6 1st Mental Health and Well-Being Conference of Ghana October 2013 SECURITY PRECAUTIONS 1. If possible, always lock your handbags/baggage. If the item has a shoulder strap, wear the strap across your body. 2. Do not wear or carry expensive items, including expensive luggage. Do not wear attractive jewellery. 3. As a foreigner in a metropolitan area, you need to be aware of pickpockets, as they tend to prey on people who look lost or are unfamiliar with their surroundings. Do not put valuables in the exterior pockets of your pants, your backpacks, or in bags that are open at the top. You may keep your wallet in your exterior pocket only if the pocket is buttoned. Hold on tightly especially to your camera and mobile phone. On the bus, in taxis, or in crowds, hold your handbag or wallet tightly to your body (do not hang them loose). 4. At the Hotel or Guest Centre you may keep important belongings and money in a safe deposit box at the bursars office. 5. It is alright to walk at night, but avoid dark areas. If you go out at night, it is a good idea to do so in company; its also better to stay on heavily traveled streets. 6. Beware of traffic; do not always expect a driver to wait for you as a pedestrian. Driving is on the Left hand side. Avoid walking too close to streets or buildings. Walk against the flow of traffic so oncoming vehicles can be observed.

7 1st Mental Health and Well-Being Conference of Ghana October 2013 Private Tourism Unless participants have their own means of transportation, other long-distance tourism should be arranged with care. Still, one can always form a small group and hire a taxi (no more than US$30) or rent a car with a driver (about US$60 plus petrol) and visit the Aburi Botanical Gardens, a small town 30 minutes away from the University of Ghana campus. The drive there offers beautiful scenery with rolling hills. The garden itself is attractive and has a restaurant inside the garden. Entrance fees are minimal. The town also has an arts-and-crafts market where you can shop affordably. With respect to tourism in Accra itself, the following places are recommended: W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, Labadi beach (home where Du Bois lived), Artistic coffin shop (where unconventional coffins are made by carpenters), Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park (where the pre-eminent pan-Africanists museum is located), Independence Square (venue for all major national celebrations), University of Ghana. It is recommended that you take a long walk up the hill, to experience the campuss full length. Until you visit the Great Hall – Legons auditorium – and go past it to the Vice-Chancellors residence, you havent seen it all,

8 1st Mental Health and Well-Being Conference of Ghana October 2013 Finally, Makola Market – one cannot visit Accra without visiting the markets, where almost anything is sold. Please send any queries to


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