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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
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  • Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah, Provost of College of Humanities interacting with trainees at the Willows Impact Evaluation Baseline Survey Training

Population Dynamics (Fertility, Mortality & Migration)

Demographic events and processes across the globe have resulted in evolving population dynamics. Migration routes and patterns of migration have become more diverse. Forced migration, human trafficking/smuggling and displacement of populations have become problems of today’s world due to geopolitical factors, wars and political instability. Security threats and global exposure to diseases have become serious concerns due to human mobility. There are also global variations in fertility. While many other countries in sub-Sahara Africa have high fertility rates, others in Europe have their fertility reaching below replacement level. Some countries are implementing polices such as maternity protection to increase fertility while others are promoting contraception as a means of reducing fertility.

The Population Dynamics (Fertility, Mortality & Migration) sees its mission as an important wing of Population Studies that focuses on training and research into the components of population change namely fertility, mortality and migration issues and the associated health and social interrelationships. The aim of this unit is to equip students with the knowledge and understanding of the core areas of Demography. The main responsibility of this unit is to promote teaching, learning and research in the components of population change and how they relate to population health including sexual and reproductive health both nationally and globally.

The fertility component seeks to strengthen the capacity of students to understand the processes of providing accurate information, helping people to manage their fertility by leading healthy sexual and reproductive lives and its contribution to population change in Ghana and the developing world at large. It also strives to equip students with the skills to be able to critically debate the concepts and importance of reproductive health in contemporary demography. Students focusing on this dimension of population studies will gain understanding on the various factors that influence poor reproductive health outcomes and examine the successes and failures of some intervention strategies to improve reproductive health and invariably fertility.

Similarly, the mortality and migration components focus on both the traditional estimations, factors that influence these components and the conduct of research into emerging trends and issues. The focus is to train population scientists in the theory and methods of demography to expose students to cutting edge research in mortality and migration related issues. This will help with the necessary grounding and contribute to future developments in demography. The Population Dynamics Unit by this development will collaborate with the various MMDAs, non-governmental organisations and development partners in the provision of accurate information on patterns, current fertility, mortality and migration trends and their influence on family health for development planning purposes.

Nuptiality- the impact of nuptiality on developing countries’ population growth, issues such as the changing patterns of marriage. This includes frequency, incidence of marriage and their relationship with poverty and migration. In Europe, nuptiality patterns played a significant role in the development of low fertility. These include late marriage, celibacy, methodological problems, demographic response to economic crises. How do these apply in developing countries? Other components of interest of the Institute’s agenda is the direction of change and causes of shifts in age at first marriage in demographic transitions and assessing the role of nuptiality in altering demographic transitions among others.