New Tafo Akyem is a town in the east of Ghana. It is a 2.5-hour drive north from the capital, Accra, along a single-lane highway that becomes progressively more potholed until it disintegrates completely into rough stone and ridges. Everything is coated in a thick layer of red dirt.
The district hospital is a rare concrete building: a complex of single-story clinics clustered around courtyards patrolled by chickens.
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