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  • Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost of College of Humanities (5th from right) and Harvard School of Public Health Team
  • Prof. Codjoe - Director of RIPS (right) and Canadian High Commissioner
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  • Prof. Codjoe (3rd from left) Director of RIPS/President of Union for Africa Population Studies and Council Members
  • Prof. Codjoe (right) President of Union for African Population Studies and Anastasia Gage (left) President of International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
  • 2017 Pre COP Climate Festival
  • Trainees at the Willows Impact Evaluation Baseline Survey Training
  • Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost of College of Humanities interacting with trainees at the Willows Impact Evaluation Baseline Survey Training

RIPS – Harvard University and Willows International
Organise International Training workshop

The Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) has organized a 10-day international training workshop which took place from December 11 to 21, 2017 at the Korean Information Access Center, Balme Library of the University of Ghana. The workshop was held under the auspices of the ongoing research to evaluate the impact of the reproductive health programmes being implemented by Willows International. The research is being conducted by RIPS in collaboration with the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard -University, USA, to build the capacity of field workers to collect pertinent information from selected areas in Ghana where Willows International reproductive programmes are being undertaken.

The trainers’ team was constituted by the Harvard team led by D. Iqbal Shal who is also the Principal Investigator for the project: the Ghana team led by Dr. Ayaga Bawah and: the Willows International team led by Dr. Placide Tapsoba. Staff from Ghana Health Service were also co-opted to deliver specific modules.
The training workshop was opened by the Director for RIPS, Prof. Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe, on Monday, December 11, 2017. In his remarks, Prof. Codjoe related to RIPS continual support for the research agenda and expressed appreciation to the Harvard team for collaborating with RIPS on this all important project.

Prof. Codjoe, Director of RIPS delivering his remarks

The Provost for the College of Humanities, Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah paid a visit to the training team on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 and indicated his Office’s support for the project.

Cross section of project team and visiting officials including Dr. Shal (3rd from left),Dr. Bawah (2nd from left), Prof. Agyei-Mensah (7th from right)

Also part of the workshop was a Headquarter training which was held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at RIPS, for persons who will be checking on data generated from fieldworkers during the actual baseline survey in Accra. 40 trainees were taken through varied modules.

Members of the Project Team at the Headquarters training

Background to Project

Since 1999, Willows International has been implementing reproductive health programs in several countries including Ghana to provide reproductive health education to women to improve on contraceptive uptake and enhance women’s reproductive health outcomes. Ghana’s programme started in 2006 and has been ongoing mainly in Accra and Kumasi within low income communities.

To evaluate the impact of those programmes on the health of the study populations Warren Buffet Foundation, the main funder of Willows International, has provided a grant to a consortium of universities led by Harvard University in collaboration with local universities in the various countries implementing the intervention programmes.


Makerere University was privileged to host Prof. Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe, President of the Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) on Tuesday 27th February 2018 as preparations got underway for Uganda to host the 8th African Population Conference in November 2019. Prof. Codjoe who also serves as Director of the Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) of the University of Ghana (UG), Legon was accompanied by the UAPS East Africa Representative-Dr. Yovani Lubaale and met by the Acting Director, Centre for Population and Applied Statistics (CPAS), Mrs. Agnes Ssekiboobo and a host of staff from the School of Statistics and Planning, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS).

“Ever since I was a young man, I had always dreamed of one day coming to Makerere University,” said Prof. Codjoe, before adding “I am glad that this dream has come to pass today.”

“Both Makerere and the University of Ghana share the reputation of being the premier and largest institutions of Higher Education in our respective countries,” continued Prof. Codjoe reflectively “But Makerere has always been the shining light; that beacon on a hill, despite all the challenging times the institution had to go through in the past” he added.

He urged the staff present to value the great University that they are privileged to serve and work hard to keep it shining. He also commended Uganda for sending a strong delegation to the 7th African Population Conference 2015 held in Johannesburg, South Africa, acknowledging that this showed the strong will and commitment of the nation to host the 8th Edition.

Prof. Codjoe in his presentation shared that the Union is a Pan-African nonprofit scientific organization established through the initiative of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) by the Third General Conference of African Demographers, Statisticians and Planners held in Addis Ababa in March 1984, in order to promote the scientific study of population in Africa. The UAPS General Assembly; the main decision-making body of the Union, meets every four years in an African city.

The aim of the conference is to share and disseminate scientific information on key population, health and development issues facing the African continent and promote the integration of research evidence in policy making.

UAPS promotes seven scientific thematic panels which drive the research agenda of the Union. These are: African Census; Capabilities Approach in Population Studies; Fertility; Gender; Migration; Environment and Development; and Computational Social Science. Prof. Codjoe encouraged the Makerere Academia to take keen interest in the activities of these panels adding that UAPS strongly believes in capacity building, especially for young academics.

In relation to the upcoming conference, Prof. Codjoe urged Makerere staff to prepare a set of scientific presentations specific to Uganda and the East African region demographics. These, he said, would be presented on the Uganda day of the conference; a day dedicated to the host country to showcase to international participants the salient and pertinent research topics of Uganda and the East African region. “This is also the perfect day for you to come dressed in your traditional attires so as to add colour to the day,” he added.

A select number of presentations from the Uganda day form part of the special section, published as part of UAPS’ African Population Studies (APS) Journal; an open access bilingual journal published in April and October every year and hosted by the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Speaking on behalf of the University, Mrs. Agnes Ssekiboobo shared apologies from the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration), Prof. William Bazeyo, who was unable to attend the meeting in person.  She welcomed Prof. Codjoe to Makerere University and thanked the UAPS General Assembly for choosing Uganda to host the 8th African Population Conference.

“This is an important conference and we thank Prof. Codjoe for explaining right from the onset, what is expected of us as a University. Uganda has hosted a lot of other equally important international and regional conferences but your presentation has shed more light on what is specifically expected of the academic community. We will start our preparations immediately” said Mrs. Ssekiboobo.

She also appreciated the need to establish a formal collaboration with UAPS by signing a Memorandum of Understanding and undertook to follow up the process.
Also present at the meeting were; Assoc. Prof. Leonard Atuhaire, Assoc. Prof. Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye, Dr. Abel Nzaboona, Dr. John Mushomi, Dr. Wandera Stephen, Mr. Adrian Ssessanga, Mr. Esau Atwongeirwe as well as the National Population Council (NPC)’s Ms. Hope Nzeire and Ms. Nabawanuka Juliet Zoe.

Moving a vote of thanks, Dr. John Mushomi expressed gratitude to Prof. Codjoe for taking time off to not only visit Uganda but also Makerere University and make a presentation on what was expected of the academic community. He also thanked the NPC for organising Prof. Codjoe’s visit and seeing to it that he enjoyed a comfortable and memorable stay while in Uganda. He concluded by pledging his colleagues’ commitment to ensuring that the 8th African Population Conference would be a roaring success.

Brief Biography

Dr. Emmanuel H. Olu-Sawyerr is an Orthomolecular Clinician and the Executive Director of Goshen Bio-medical Clinic in Accra, Ghana. He is a member of the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (ISOM) and has 30 years of clinical experience in Alternative Medicine. He holds three earned doctorate degrees - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) and Doctor of Natural Health (N.H.D.) with highest honors. He is board-certified by the American Alternative Medical Association as Alternative Medical Practitioner (AMP).

In 2010, he received the distinguished award of Fellow (F.A.M) in recognition of his professional achievements, notable career development, and a high degree of professionalism in the field of Alternative Medicine.

He is also the C.E.O. and principal consultant of Rick Sawyerr & Associates, a firm of health consultants. Professionally, he is seen in the area of health as a leading voice of nutritional medicine in Ghana and the foremost advocate of Integrative Medicine. He has initiated series of meetings in this regard with prominent medical personnel, including those at the University of Ghana Medical School.

Dr. Olu-Sawyerr has facilitated Health Seminars for multinational and local companies, including Banks. He has presented seminal papers on Nutritional Medicine at local and international conferences and has delivered lectures on Orthomolecular Medicine at the Biochemistry Department and the School of Allied Health Sciences of the University of Ghana. He still facilitates Health Programs for companies and big/small Church groups.

The Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) of the University of Ghana has organized the 2017 Pre-CoP Climate Festival on the theme: “The Risks We do not Want”. The festival was convened by the Cities and Climate Change Project at RIPS in collaboration with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), National Disaster Management Organisation, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada; on October 24, 2017 at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) in Accra.

The high level event was well attended by a total of two hundred and twenty five (225) participants of which, 54 were females and 171 males. Participants represented Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS), District Assemblies, international and local NGOs, faith based organizations, social enterprises as well as students from second cycle institutions within Accra.

The Festival brought together stakeholders and resource persons to discuss technical issues related to climate change adaptation, mitigation and financing. The three plenary sessions discussed the following critical areas of climatic concern:

•    Priority Issues of the UNFCCC for African Negotiators focusing on The State of UNFCCC Negotiations and Africa’s Stake Loss and Damage in the History of Climate Change Negotiations

•    Integrated Climate Risk Management and Ghana’s Accession to the African Risk Capacity; with focus on Drought risks through Climate Change in the Savannah and Coastal Savannah zones in Ghana; Integrated Climate Risk Management and Transfer; The Costs and Benefits of Sovereign Drought Insurance in Ghana; Ghana Approaching the African Risk Capacity;

•    Ghana’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCS) and Implementing Mechanisms; had panellists discuss on Perspectives on Implementing Adaptation and Mitigation Priorities in the Agricultural Sector; and the relevance of Ghana’s NDCs to the national long term planning processes.

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