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Sources indicate there are over 300,000 people living with HIV in Ghana. Community caregivers spread hope as Apple Support Caregivers in Ghana.

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Source indicate there are over 300,000 people living with HIV in Ghana. Community caregivers spread hope as Apple Support Caregivers in Ghana.

At St. Martin de Porres Hospital on the outskirts of Accra in Ghana, Joseph is beginning a very important journey.

The 27-year-old is picking up a two-month supply of lifesaving antiretroviral therapy medication (ART), but the drugs are not for him, even though he has taken them daily since he was diagnosed with HIV at age 11.

Joseph is part of a program called Model of Hope, which is run by the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) and enlists the help of people living with HIV to assist others who have tested positive for the virus.

CHAG is one of the many community-based organizations and healthcare providers in Ghana supported by the Global Fund.

St. Martin de Porres Hospital on the outskirts of Accra in Ghana receives critical support from the Global Fund and Apple.
St. Martin de Porres Hospital on the outskirts of Accra in Ghana receives critical support from the Global Fund and Apple.

This year, Apple is marking 15 years of partnership and nearly $270 million raised through its (PRODUCT)RED campaign to support the Global Fund’s efforts to stop the spread of AIDS across sub-Saharan Africa and Apple Support Caregivers in Ghana. COVID-19 has made this mission even more critical.

To address the dual challenges, last year the Global Fund launched its COVID-19 Response to help to alleviate the impact of this second pandemic on communities already grappling with HIV and AIDS.

Apple was one of the first companies to shift attention and resources to the Global Fund’s COVID-19 efforts and will continue redirecting half of the eligible proceeds from (PRODUCT)RED purchases to the COVID-19 Response through the end of 2022, with the other half going directly to the fight to end AIDS.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for patients to come in to get their antiretroviral therapy medications from hospitals like St. Martin de Porres.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for patients to come in to get their antiretroviral therapy medications from hospitals like St. Martin de Porres.

Joseph is one of 13.8 million people who have access to ART as a result of Apple’s contributions to the Global Fund’s efforts in Africa, and he sees the effect COVID-19 is having on those he counsels through the Model of Hope program.

“When it’s time for them to come in to get their medication, sometimes they don’t because of COVID,” says Joseph.

“Because they are afraid — they think, ‘When you come to the hospital, you get COVID,’ so many do not come at all.”

Had the groundwork not been laid for fighting HIV over the last two decades by the Global Fund and contributing partners like Apple, so much of what we’re doing today to address larger healthcare issues, including COVID-19, would not be possible.

Luisa Engel, (RED)’s Chief Impact Officer

For immunocompromised individuals, like those with HIV who must take ART every day, missing those appointments puts them in grave danger — but so does exposure to COVID-19. Model of Hope volunteer workers like Joseph ensures that many patients receive medication and counselling, even when they are not willing or able to travel.

“When COVID struck, we had a lot of businesses shut down and we had a lot of movement restricted,” says Kafui Kornu, CHAG’s senior communications officer.

“So the Model of Hope system helped in that regard, and they’ve been doing very well identifying [those in] need and delivering their drugs to them.

When they go, they identify that it’s not just that a person doesn’t want to come, but there’s actually some other problem that needs to be solved to enable them to get access to the drug.”

Joseph picks up ART medications to deliver to the people he counsels through the Model of Hope program.
Joseph picks up ART medications to deliver to the people he counsels through the Model of Hope program.

Rebecca, 45, is also a volunteer worker in the Model of Hope program and has been on ART for 15 years.

Despite her HIV diagnosis, she has given birth to three children who all tested negative for the virus because she followed prevention of mother-to-child transmission protocols or PMTCT.

As a result of Apple’s contributions to the Global Fund over the last 15 years, more than 5 million pregnant women have been able to receive PMTCT counselling to help prevent passing on HIV to their children.

Rebecca owns a small shop near St. Martin’s Hospital and became a Model of Hope so that she could help others and give back to her community.
Rebecca owns a small shop near St. Martin’s Hospital and became a Model of Hope so that she could help others and give back to her community.

“Had the groundwork not been laid for fighting HIV over the last two decades by the Global Fund and contributing partners like Apple, so much of what we’re doing today to address larger healthcare issues, including COVID-19, would not be possible,” says Luisa Engel, (RED)’s Chief Impact Officer.

“The healthcare worker that was trained to fight the spread of HIV is also going to be able to diagnose your child with malaria, to make sure your blood sugar looks right if you have diabetes, and put a COVID-19 vaccine in your arm.

So there’s a much bigger health impact that comes from the community infrastructure built by the Global Fund and supported by companies like Apple.

”In Ghana, that translates to a 21 per cent decrease in new HIV infections over the last decade, and 200,000 people on ART, up from 40,000 in 2010.

A huge part of that success is rooted in the Global Fund’s work in communities, and with HIV-positive volunteer workers who help to combat the stigma that is associated with a positive diagnosis by showing that a full life is possible with treatment.“I say, look at me — I started taking the drugs when I was young, and now I’m 27,” says Joseph.

“One day I want to be a lab technician, to continue my education.

So if you take your ART, you can be like me; I know one day I will be someone in the future.”

Rebecca followed the prevention of mother-to-child transmission protocols and gave birth to three HIV-negative children.



Rebecca talks about her status with those she counsels and her own children, to give them the tools they need to protect themselves and others.

She sees her volunteer work as a way of giving back.“I wanted to be a Model of Hope because somebody helped me,” says Rebecca. “I’m still alive now, I suppose, to help others too.”

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iOS 16  is  Compatible with only these devices.

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Apple annual hardware and software event is around the corner. As expected new hardware device and software update will be announced. 

The software announcements is expected to feature the following software updates from the iOS, watchOS, ipadOS and macOS.  The iOS 16 updates come with some unique and easy customizable features to user in the apple ecosystem. Despite all this, not all devices will receive such updates. 

Usually these upgrade in software also requires certain kind of hardware to bring its full feature functionality to the users. And in times like this, the old devices are sacrifice to outdoor the future updates of the software. Apple in particular is known for providing a longer software support for its devices. For instance the iPhone 5s received software support for for six years before finally given up the ghost. iPhone 6s and 6s plus users has also enjoyed a longer software support on these devices from iOS 9 til iOS 15.

Can iPhone 7 Get iOS 16?

Before apple annual WWDC event ,  most users anticipated that Apple will drop support for the iPhone 6s and 6s plus models and probably give the iPhone 7 and 7plus an additional one year software support update, unfortunately the opposite has just happened as apple has dropped support for the iPhone 6s ,iPhone6s plus, iPhone7 and iPhone 7plus models.

The iPhone 7 and 7plus model is still a great device. It uses  Apple A10 Fusion 64-bit system-on-chip, which consists of two low-power cores and two high-power cores (only two cores are used at any point in time). 

The A10 chip also features a hexa-core graphics chip capable of “console-level gaming. 

The same chip is featured in the sixth generation iPad, seventh generation iPad, and seventh generation iPod Touch.

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iOS 16 is compatible with these devices.

What iPhones can get iOS 16?

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  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

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SIM card re-registration extended to September 30, 2022.

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The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has announced an extension to the deadline for the

SIM re-registration exercise to September 2022.

According to the minister, the extension had become necessary due to the various challenges registrants are facing to complete the exercise. One major factor can be attributable the issue or acquisition of their national identification cards.

This has led to several calls on the government and the ministry to extend the exercise to September 30.


“Upon consultation, Government has decided to grant a final conditional extension. The programme will be extended to September 30 to end on the anniversary of its commencement, that will give us one full year of SIM re-registration,” the minister stated.

“It will be reviewed at the end of this month [July] and any SIM that has not been fully registered by the end of August will be barred from certain services including voice and data. It will also be more expensive to use unregistered SIMs,” she added.

The full range of punitive measures, the Minister noted will be announced at another press briefing which will be held in September this year.

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Will Your iPhone Receive iOS 16 update? check the requirement.

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Apple usual annual Developers Conference (WWDC22) has just ended and the annual software preview has been launched. The event was overhauled with software updates from the iOS, watchOS, ipadOS to macOS. These upgrade in software also requires certain kind of hardware to bring its full feature functionality to the users. And in times like this, the old devices are sacrifice to outdoor the future updates of the software. Apple in particular is know for providing a longer software support for it devices. for instance the iPhone 5s received software support for for six years before finally given up the ghost. iPhone 6s and 6s plus users has also enjoyed a longer software support on these devices.

With the released of iOS16 most users anticipated that Apple will drop support for the iPhone 6s and 6s plus models and probably give the iPhone 7 and 7plus an additional one year software support update, unfortunately the opposite has just happened as apple has dropped support for the iPhone 6 ,iPhone6s plus, iPhone7 and iPhone 7plus models.

below are the iPhone models that will receive ios 16 software updates.

iOS 16 is compatible with these devices.

  • iPhone 13
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  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
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  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

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