CHRONIC NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASE (NCD) PROGRAMME OF WORK AT THE REGIONAL INSTITUTE FOR POPULATION STUDIES (RIPS), UNIVERSITY OF GHANA.

 

Since 2010, a programme of research and training on Ghana’s chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) burden has been developed at RIPS, under the leadership of Professor Ama de-Graft Aikins.

The programme has received funding of approximately $500,000 from the European Union, New York University College of Global Public Health, and Duke University, and support from research collaborators from UG (Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, School of Pharmacy), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, New York University and University of Amsterdam.

Conditions of focus have been diabetes, hypertension, stroke, co-morbid mental health conditions and their risk factors. Empirical research in the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Northern Regions has examined the prevalence of these conditions, the lived experience of these conditions and the feasibility of developing practical interventions to improve community knowledge and quality of care and social support.

Graduate studentships have been created from projects to support the successful completion of 3 PhD degrees, 3 MPhil degrees and 1 MA degree. Interdisciplinary training in community-based CVD interventions has been offered to 6 Population Studies PhD students, 4 Psychology MPhil students and 2 Social Policy MA students. Three postdoctoral researchers in Population Studies and Social Policy Studies have benefitted from coordinating roles in two projects.

Major collaborators of the RIPS NCD Programme of Work include Professor Francis Dodoo (RIPS), Professor Kwadwo Koram (NMIMR), Professor Charles Agyemang (University of Amsterdam) and Professor Gbenga Ogedegbe (New York University).

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