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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Scientists from TDR visit KHRC

20/07/2016 - KHRC was privileged to host a team of renowned scientists from TDR (Dr Olumide Ogundahunsi and Dr Juono Okorosobo). They were accompanied by Dr. Margaret Gyapong, Director of the Dodowa Health Research Centre (DHRC).  
TDR as part of the UNDP/WHO/PATH Access and Delivery Partnership (ADP) has been working with the Research and Development Directorate of the Ghana Health Service to build capacity for Implementation research (IR) as part of its strategy to improve access and delivery of interventions against malaria, TB and the NTDs.   ...ReadMore

Congratulations:Professor John Owusu Gyapong is VC of UHASNew!

 KHRC is happy to be associated with the success story of Prof. John Gyapong. We had excellent collaboration and supervision when he was the Director of the Health Research Unit(HRU) now known as the Research and Development Division(RDD) of the Ghana Health Service.

Prof. also serves as an Advisory board member of the KHRC advisory committee. The Director and staff of KHRC cannot afford not to join him in celebrating this new feat of his appointment as VC of UHAS. Best wishes for continued success. Read more...

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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Study uncovers high inappropriate treatment with ACT in the middle belt of Ghana

KC In their study a team of researchers in a paper lead-authored by Mr Anthony Kwarteng of KHRC revealed that there were widespread inappropriate treatment with ACT although the majority of patients presenting with malaria received treatment according to the national malaria guidelines. Thus Compliance with the guidelines on ACT use was low, 5 years post-ACT policy change. ReadMore on or Download FullText...

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...

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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...

Study recommends the use of an established WBCs reference value for a known population as well as where the value could be implied.

Mr Denis Adu-Gyasi The estimation of malaria parasite density using a microscope heavily relies on White Blood Cells (WBCs) counts. A young promising scientist at the Kintampo Health Research centre,Mr Dennis Adu-Gyasi and his team in their study concludes that, since lack of resources in some settings in Africa makes it difficult to estimate malaria parasite density based on actual WBCs count of patients, where available, the study recommends the use of an established WBCs reference value for a known population and where the reference value could be implied. ReadMore on this...

Younger and unmarried women experience more unwanted pregnancies that leads to induced abortions or all reported cases of abortions

Mr George Adjei The findings of a study conducted by KHRC related researchers have shown that younger and unmarried women experience more unwanted pregnancies that leads to induced abortions or all reported cases of abortions (induced or spontaneous). The status of women being wealthiest or more educated was also found to be a correlate of only all reported cases of abortions (induced or spontaneous). This therefore points to the need for extra efforts to ensure that family planning services, educational programs on abortion and abortion care reach the target groups identified " … More on this in a paper lead-authored by Mr George Adjei , a research Fellow at KHRC

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Public Should Be Educated On Anti-Malaria Tablets- Dr Owusu-Agyei, Director of KHRC

Dr Owusu-Agyei The Director of the Kintampo Health Research Centre and Site Principal Investigator for the INESS Project, Dr Owusu-Agyei says it is important for the public to be educated on taking the full course of anti-malaria tablets and the need for them to adhere to the prescribed time to ensure its efficacy. Read more from source(GBC)

A way to end the year: KHRC gets Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) award

JBI award The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) has a goal of improving global health through health care evidence generation, evidence synthesis (production of systematic reviews), evidence transfer and evidence utilization. The Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC): a Collaborating Centre of the JBI started as an Evidence Synthesis Group (ESG) in 1997 with only three members. It was promoted to the status of an Affiliate Centre in 2010 and in June 2014, attained its current status as a Collaborating Centre. The Collaborating Centre has Read more

A young scientist and his team at KHRC:HbAS genotype has a clear advantage and superiority as compared with HbAC and G6PD deficient genotypes

Lab staff at workA young scientist, Mr Nicholas Amoako and his team in KHRC successfully carried out a study in the middle belt of Ghana. They have this to say in their conclusion, "From the perspective of protecting individuals from clinical malaria, HbAS genotype has showed a clear advantage and superiority as compared with HbAC and G6PD deficient genotypes in our study population. The biological interactions between HbAS and clinical malaria has suggested the need to critically look at HbAS as an innate host factor in randomized trials or observational studies for detecting the effect of interventions, especially in areas of high HbAS prevalence. As millions of people are exposed to malaria annually, there is the need to continually explore all possible associations that red cell polymorphisms may have with disease susceptibility or protection when designing malaria intervention programs." Read more

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A way to end the year: KHRC gets Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) award

JBI award The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) has a goal of improving global health through health care evidence generation, evidence synthesis (production of systematic reviews), evidence transfer and evidence utilization. The Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC): a Collaborating Centre of the JBI started as an Evidence Synthesis Group (ESG) in 1997 with only three members. It was promoted to the status of an Affiliate Centre in 2010 and in June 2014, attained its current status as a Collaborating Centre. The Collaborating Centre has Read more

A young scientist and his team at KHRC:HbAS genotype has a clear advantage and superiority as compared with HbAC and G6PD deficient genotypes

Lab staff at workA young scientist, Mr Nicholas Amoako and his team in KHRC successfully carried out a study in the middle belt of Ghana. They have this to say in their conclusion, "From the perspective of protecting individuals from clinical malaria, HbAS genotype has showed a clear advantage and superiority as compared with HbAC and G6PD deficient genotypes in our study population. The biological interactions between HbAS and clinical malaria has suggested the need to critically look at HbAS as an innate host factor in randomized trials or observational studies for detecting the effect of interventions, especially in areas of high HbAS prevalence. As millions of people are exposed to malaria annually, there is the need to continually explore all possible associations that red cell polymorphisms may have with disease susceptibility or protection when designing malaria intervention programs." Read more

Study recommends strong consideration for use of ultrasound scan in field-based trials involving pregnant women.

 Elen Abrafi(HR)A group of scientists in a study (GRAPHS) at the Kintampo Health Research Centre say the “use of ultrasound should be strongly considered in field-based trials involving pregnant women to accurately establish gestational age, as menstrual dates may be incorrect or unknown." … See more on this issue in a paper lead-authored by Miss Ellen Abrafi Boamah, a young research Fellow at KHRC