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

 

 News & Updates


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Study initiation: Staff of KHRC Trained on Mal073 study

(Kintampo, 15th June 2017) - PPD in collaboration with KHRC has been facilitating the smooth initiation of the Mal 073 study to be carried out in Kintampo. One such activity is the training of staff on the project.

Staff of the Kintampo Health Research Centre who are to work on the Mal073(Malaria 073) study have been undergoing training since the 5th of June 2017 for the smooth take off of the study.

The study is a Phase IIIb randomized, open, controlled, multi-center study to evaluate the immunogenicity and safety of the RTS,S/AS01E candidate malaria vaccine, when administered as primary vaccination with or without co-administration of measles, rubella and yellow fever vaccines followed by an RTS,S/AS01E booster vaccination to children living in sub-Saharan Africa.

The study which is being funded by GSK is a multi-site study involving Kintampo and Agogo areas in Ghana. The study staff have been trained on the various SOPs, the Case Report forms (CRFs), Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and Lessons learned from Mal 055 as well as training on the protocol of the study. The training ended yesterday, 15th June 2017, with the study initiation training facilitated by staff from PPD (Linda and Daniel) and some staff from KHRC. The study is thus ready for a smooth start in the Kintampo area in the middle belt of Ghana.

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KHRC Research contributes to global policy on RTSS malaria vaccine.

Kintampo Health Research Centre has conducted Phase II and III trials of the RTSS malaria vaccine between 2007 and 2014 and in collaboration with other scientists. Today, The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will take part in a WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP) that will make the world’s first malaria vaccine available in selected areas, beginning in 2018.

Dr K. P. Asante, Ag. Director of KHRC said "KHRC is excited to hear that Ghana is selected to be part of the WHO-coordinated malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP). Having assessed the safety and efficacy of the RTSS in our study area between 2007 -2014, This news further demonstrates KHRCs relevance in informing global and local public health policy. We are grateful to our Ghana Health Service Leadership, government agencies, community leadership and members of Kintampo North Municipality and Kintampo South District, funders, and collaborators"

For more information about this good news from the WHO see: Click here

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Kintampo Malaria Slide Bank: A resource to “End Malaria for good”

KHRC and her partners have developed the Kintampo Malaria Slide Bank as a critical resource to “End Malaria for Good” through malaria diagnosis training and quality assessment. To mark this year’s World Malaria Day, KHRC launches a malaria slide bank as the first malaria slide bank in West Africa. The bank was developed by Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana Health Service, with support of Hydas World Health, Improving Malaria Diagnosis (IMaD), PATH Malaria Care, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The bank is managed by the Kintampo Health Research Centre.

Accurate diagnosis is important in the control and elimination of malaria. Training of microscopists using validated standardised slide sets has been shown to improve diagnostic accuracy of malaria microscopists. The bank consists of over 6000 slides that consist of slides of different species and densities of malaria parasites. Slides from the bank have been used to train scientists from the Malaria Clinical Trial Alliance (44), Newmont Ghana Limited (16), National Institutes of Health, USA (8), Dodowa Health Research Centre (12), Nouna Health Research Centre, Burkina Faso (5), across Ghana, with sponsorship from the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training / Skills Development Fund (300), across Ghana with sponsorship from National Malaria Control Programme (295).

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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’ perspective

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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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