KHRCKintampo Health Research Centre is a well-established, African-based, research centre. The African identity of KHRC is important as it emphasises African solutions to African health challenges. KHRC is one of three field research centres of the Health Research Unit of Ghana Health Service established in 1994. KHRC is situated in the middle belt of Ghana in the Brong Ahafo Region. However the work of KHRC has implications for health policy and practice throughout Ghana and Africa. ...ReadMore

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Two-day Advisory Committee meeting ends in KintampoNew!

 # The Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC) held its annual Advisory Committee meeting successfully from 20th to 21st March 2017. 
The Advisory Committee meets yearly to discuss the progress of KHRC and also provide informed guidance on the centre’s strategies. It currently has the following membership:

Dr Cheikh Mbacke, International Public health Consultant and Former Senior Advisor to Rockefeller Foundation and William & Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Population Program (Committee chairman); Dr Timothy Letsa, Brong Ahafo (BA) Regional Director of Health services, Ghana Health Service (GHS); Dr Sylvia Deganus, renowned Consultant gynaecologist; Nana Franklin Fei,, a Retired Educationist and a community leader; Prof. Jayne Webster, representative from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM);  Dr Abraham Hodgson, Director of the Research and Development Division (RDD, GHS); Dr Erasmus Agongo, Former Director, Policy Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (PPME), Ministry of Health (MOH); Dr Ken Ahorsu, Lecturer at Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy , University of Ghana.

This year’s meeting was held at the conference hall of KHRC and it brought together all members of the board. In addition to carrying out their mandatory tasks, the board members also met with staff of KHRC to feedback on their observations and to motivate staff. 


Rising cases of suicide in Ghana: A Researchers’ perspectiveNew! 

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The Risk of Sexually Transmitted Infection and Its Influence on Condom Use among Pregnant Women in the Kintampo North Municipality of Ghana.

MR Martha Ali Abdulai, Frank Baiden, Samuel Afari-Asiedu, Lawrence Gyabaa-Febir, Kwame Kesse Adjei, Emmanuel Mahama, Charlotte Tawiah-Agyemang, Sam K. Newton, Kwaku Poku Asante, and Seth Owusu-Agyei reports. ReadMore on this study


Obed Ernest A. Nettey et al: Knowledge, Attitudes and Preventive Practices on Ebola Virus Disease in the Kintampo Districts of Ghana

Predictors of Early Sexual Debut and Its Implications among Adolescents in Kintampo, Ghana: A Cross Sectional Survey

HR Sex before marriage is not encouraged in most cultural settings in Ghana. The existing religious, cultural and social system limits discussions on sexuality and act of coitus to only married adults. Adolescents are limited in their ability to discuss..ReadMore on this study


Low level of Hepatitis B knowledge and awareness among pregnant women in the Kintampo North Municipality: implications for effective disease control

MR Over 2 billion people are infected with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and about 240 million are chronic carriers of the virus. Chronic HBV infection is an important cause of liver cancer. The infectivity of HBV is hundred times higher than the HIV virus yet it receives comparatively little attention in public health. ..ReadMore on this study


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Quality of Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy for malaria found in Ghanaian markets and public health implications of their use

TU Ghana changed their antimalarial drug policy from monotherapies to Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies in 2004 in order to provide more efficacious medicines for treatment of malaria. The policy change can be eroded if poor quality Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies are allowed to remain on the Ghanaian market unchecked by regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies...ReadMore on this study


Riding a wave in developing countries: challenges and priorities for evidence based practice

YE Over the past decade, developing countries have become increasingly engaged with the processes and activities of evidence-based practice (EBP). Some facilitators of this process include the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) and Cochrane, among others. Organizations from a number of developing countries are currently members of these two bodies — a testament to their increasing participation in evidence synthesis. Systematic reviews and other EBP processes and resources are also being accessed and utilized by the developing world. ReadMore on this article

Community health workers’ experiences of mobile device-enabled clinical decision support systems for maternal, newborn and child health in developing countries: a qualitative systematic review protocol

ZT(Lead author) Maternal, neonatal and child mortality in developing countries remains a dire challenge. Evidence from the World Health Organization (WHO) report suggests that over 99% of 286,000 annual global maternal deaths occur in developing countries, with the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region alone accounting for 62% (179,000). ReadMore on this


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Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Test-Based versus Presumptive Treatment of Uncomplicated Malaria in Children under Five Years

THThe presumptive approach of confirming malaria in health facilities leads to over-diagnosis of malaria, over use of anti-malaria drugs and the risk of drug resistance development.
WHO recommends parasitological confirmation before treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in all suspected malaria patients. The use of malaria rapid diagnostic tests (mRDTs) would make it possible for prescribers to diagnose malaria at point-ofcare and better target the use of antimalarials. Researchers from KHRC performed a cost-effectiveness analysis on the introduction of mRDTs...ReadMore on or Download FullText  

Non-malaria fevers in a high malaria endemic area of Ghana

KP The importance of fevers not due to malaria [non-malaria fevers, NMFs] in children in sub-Saharan Africa is increasingly being recognised. Researchers from KHRC investigated the influence of exposure-related factors and placental malaria on the risk of non-malaria fevers among children in Kintampo, an area of Ghana with high malaria transmission. ReadMore on this study


Study:Combining fingerprint identification with other methods is feasible in identifying community members in African rural setting.

ZZThe reliability of counts for estimating population dynamics and disease burdens in communities depends on the availability of a common unique identifier for matching general population data with health facility data. Researchers from KHRC explored Biometric data as a feasible common identifier between the health data and sociocultural data...ReadMore on or Download FullText


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Widespread Pesticide use: There is need for increased regulatory oversight of commercially available pesticides.

AKA cross-sectional survey conducted to evaluate the pattern of pesticide usage among rural communities in the Kintampo area of Ghana by researchers from KHRC found, among other things, a need for increased regulatory oversight of commercially available pesticides as well as improved educational programs aimed at pesticide consumers in rural African settings. Mr.Ken and his team also found that "Pesticide use among community members in the Kintampo area of Ghana is common" adding that its potential health impacts warrants further investigation. ReadMore on or Download FullText...

Uncovered:Low availability of some contraceptives in the Ga East municipality of Ghana.

Kwame Adjei A young Research Fellow of the Kintampo Health Research Centre, Kwame Adjei, and his team of researchers in a comparative study conducted in the Ga East municipality of Ghana on the availability of modern contraceptives in both private and public health facilities has brought to light the low availability of some contraceptives particularly the female condom and LARC methods
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Study identifies Family planning needs of adolescents in central Ghana.

YE A team of researchers, led by Dr Yeetey , in a cross-sectional study of adolescents aimed at identifying their family planning needs and the best approaches to addressing them in the Kintampo Districts of Ghana found adolescents in the study recording high marital and pregnancy rates. Knowledge of contraceptive methods was found to be high but
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Study findings highlight need for interventions to support people with MDs and their caregivers.

AK In a study to assess the level of burden experienced by caregivers of people living with mental disorders(MDs) in the Kintampo municipality, researchers at KHRC points to emotional distress, stigma, financial burden, lack of support networks, social exclusion, health impact, and absence of decentralised mental health services as challenges experienced by family caregivers. The findings highlight the need for interventions to support people with MDs and their caregivers. This, according to Ken and his team, might include policy development and implementation that will decentralise mental health care provision including psychosocial support for caregivers.ReadMore on or Download FullText...

Perceptions of front-line health workers crucial for the smooth Implementation of the WHO-revised IMCI guidelines

LG A Research fellow, Mr. Lawrence Gyabaa Febir, and his team in a study conducted reveals that the implementation of the WHO-revised IMCI guideline is confronted with a myriad of health systems challenges. Adding that the perceptions of front-line health workers on the accuracy and need for RDTs together with the capacity of health systems to support implementation plays a crucial role. The NHIS financing guidelines of diagnostics and treatments are influencing clinical decision-making in this setting ReadMore on or Download FullText...

Final Results of Pivotal Phase 3 RTSS Malaria Vaccine Trial Conducted in Kintampo and other African research centres.

RTSS The final results of the pivotal phase 3 trial of GSKs RTSS Malaria vaccine trial has been released today. The results demonstrate that vaccination with the 3-doses and a booster of the RTSS malaria vaccine reduced clinical malaria cases by 36% in young children and 26% in infants over a period of 3 - 4 years. Though percentages are low,ReadMore on this...

 … More on this in a paper lead-authored by Mr George Adjei , a research Fellow at KHRC