About Our Institutional Ethics committee

The Kintampo Health Research Centre Institutional Ethics Committee (KHRCIEC) was established on 18th October 2004. Highlights of the inauguration included a very well attended, colorful ceremony at the Centre’s premises. A special feature of the inauguration ceremony was the presence of the seasoned Bioethicist from the Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC), Dr. Paulina Tindana. She gave members an orientation into the activities of Ethics committees. The committee started with eight (8) members and has a current membership of seventeen. Membership is drawn from KHRC, Traditional Authority (community representatives), Health Services, Academia and Civic Education.

Mission and Terms of Reference

The Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC) as an important unit within the Ministry of Health has the responsibility of contributing to the improvement of the health status of all people in Ghana and the middle sector in particular through appropriate research activities. As an independent representative body set up to review, evaluate and decide on the ethical merits of KHRC research protocols and other research in its jurisdiction, the IEC is committed to ensuring and guaranteeing the rights, dignity, safety and protection of all individuals and communities who participate in research activities, especially in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. The KHRC IEC review various types of research proposals including Clinical trials, Biomedical/Epidemiological studies, Social science studies, implementation research and all other research proposals involving the use of human participants.

The Committee is constituted and operates in conformance with local and international ethical standards and guidelines. The IEC is guided by the Declaration of Helsinki, ICH guidelines, Belmont Report, CIOMS guidelines and other applicable regulations and guidelines governing the conduct of human subject research. According to these guidelines, all research involving human subjects should be carried out in accordance with the fundamental ethical principles of respect, beneficence and justice.

The Committee is registered with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP). The OHRP Federal wide Assurance number for the Committee is 00011103; the IRB registration number is 0004854. The IEC reviews both internal and external protocols received from KHRC, individual researchers and students.


The IEC is multidisciplinary in composition, including persons with relevant but diverse scientific expertise, balanced age and gender distribution, who have the qualifications and experience to review and evaluate non-scientific, scientific and medical ethics aspects of research protocols.

In conformance with international ethical regulations and guidelines, at least one member of the Committee is a clinical scientist, one a non-scientist and one a community representative.

Current Membership List


Title and Name




Institutional affiliation


Dr. Damien Punguyire

(Chair/voting Member)


Clinician (Medicine)

Municipal Health Directorate, Techiman


Mrs. Charlotte TawiahAgyemang (Vice-Chair/voting Member)


Social science/Women & children

Kintampo Health Research Centre


Nana Franklin Fei (2 nd Vice-Chair/voting Member)


Retired Educationist/Community Representative

Traditional Authority


Mr. Anthony Agamba (voting Member)


Health Service/Nurse

Kintampo Municipal Hospital/College of Health


Ms. Cecilia Addae (Voting Member)


Civic Education/Women & Children

National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Kintampo South


Mr. Abraham Forkuoh (voting Member)


Linguist/Community Representative

Traditional Authority


Ellen Boamah Kaali (voting Member)


Reproductive Health/Women & Children

Kintampo Health Research Centre


Mr. Samuel Bimpong

(voting Member)



Biomedical Science


College of Health , Kintampo


Dr. Evans Gyimah Boateng

(voting Member)



Kintampo Municipal Hospital


Dr. Kwaku Poku Asante

(non voting Member)


Clinical Epidemiology/Ag. Director

Kintampo Health Research Centre


Mr. Lawrence Gyabaa Febir

(voting Member)


Social Science

Kintampo Health Research Centre


Dr. Dennis Aprese

(voting Member)


Dental/Public Health

Oral Health Training and Services/College of Health


Dr. Samuel B.E. Harrison

(voting Member)


Clinician (Medicine)

Kintampo Health Research Centre


Ms. Dorcas Atibilla

(voting Member)


Clinical laboratory (Entomology)

Kintampo Health Research Centre


Rev. Dr . Joe Eyison

(voting member)


Public Health/Clergy

Anglican University , Nkoranza


Mr. Fred Kanyoke

(non voting Member)


IEC Administrator

Kintampo Health Research Centre


Ms. Ophelia Opoku (non voting Member)


Assistant IEC Administrator

Kintampo Health Research Centre



Except for unavoidable circumstances, the KHRC IEC shall meet once every month (third Tuesdays) at 2:00pm within the KHRC premises. In a case where the IEC is not able to convene or in expedited review circumstances, the Chairperson shall provide an alternate meeting date and time.

The Principal Investigator of a research protocol is responsible for following protocol submission procedures as outlined in the  IEC SOP . All initial research proposals must be submitted through the KHRC Protocol Administration for Standard Submission (PASS).

Please click on the link below and follow the guidelines to submit your study proposal for review;
Initial protocol submission procedures (link)

Contact persons:

Fred Kanyoke

PASS & IEC Administrator Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: (+233) 352092037/577603239

Cell phone: +233 504270501


Ms. Ophelia Opoku

Assistant Administrator (PASS & IEC)

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cell phone: +233 549629341

Kintampo 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.

KHRC technical staff are multidisciplinary and comprise various cadres of researchers, social scientists, laboratory, data management and financial and accounting professionals. There are over 500 employees at KHRC.

KHRC has accumulated over 20+ years of experience in health research in Ghana. During this time it has developed one of the largest district surveillance systems (DSS) and study populations in Africa and has established a reputation for quality research. As a result KHRC is highly regarded and is the preferred partner of governments, organizations and donors in health research initiatives in particular large-scale health research trials.

KHRC funding collaborators include government, bilateral and multilateral institutions, private corporations, private charities and international organisations from Africa, Europe, Canada and the USA.

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide practical needs based research of the highest quality which has a pro-poor and gender equity focus and is used to shape health policy and practice. Furthermore we will build health research capacity of health and health-related professionals so that they can effectively address the challenges of health in Africa.

To provide and integrate quality health care, health education and biomedical research to improve the health status of less privileged people in the region.

Our Mission

Our mission is to conduct public health research and develop health research capacity which will contribute to a significant reduction in ill-health and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals for Africa’s most disadvantaged communities.

Priority Research Areas


  • Communicable diseases (CDs), particularly Malaria, TB and HIV/AIDS
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health
  • Mental Health
  • Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension and cancer
  • Health Systems
  • Using the DSS to track progress towards MDGs using indicators such as mortality levels, patterns and trends

Our Guiding Principles:

    All our activities will be based on the following values and guiding principles:
  • Demand driven high quality, equitable and cost effective research and training.
  • Quality research, delivered through strategic alliances and partnerships with government, non-government and private sector organizations
  • Evidence-based and
  • Firm commitment to continual self-improvement and accountability.

Name Qualification Job Title
Prof. Seth Owusu-Agyei PhD epidemiology Out going Director, KHRC
Kwakupoku Asante BSc.,MD, MPH. PhD MD, Public Health Epidemiologist/ Head of Research; KHRC
Jacob Saah BA Sociology/Geograghy, CPA, DPA, MPA Administrator General
Alexander Ansah Manu BSc, MBChB, MSc,Dtm&H, PhD Clinical Research Fellow/
Project Leader(Ghana NEWHINTS Study)
Yeetey Enuameh MD, Msc, PhD MD, Clinical Research Fellow
Kaali Seyram MBChB MD, Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Samuel B.E Harrison BSc, MBChB MD, Clinical Research Fellow
Dr Prince Agyapong Darko BSc, MBChB MD, Clinical Research Fellow
Amenga-Etego B. S. Seeba Msc Computer science Head of I.T Department/
Principal Data Manager
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BA. Geography and Resource Developement, MPH, PhD(Student) Research Fellow/Social scientist
Zandoh Charles BA, MSc., PhD(Student) Research Fellow/ Demographer
Lawrence Gyabaa Febir BA Law,Sociology), Mphil (sociology) Reseach Fellow
Abubakari Sulemana BA(Geography&Economics),Mphil(Geog&Resource Dev) Head of KDSS/Health Research Officer
Tawiah Agyemang Charlotte BA, MSc. Nutrition Research Fellow/
Head of IE&C, Maternal Mortality Trial (ObaapaVitA Trial)
Akua Agyeman-Budu MPhil Biochemistry Research Fellow/Head of Molecular Biology Unit
Amoako Nicholas BSc.,M.Phil Zoology(Applied Parasitology), PhD(Student) Research Fellow/
Biomedical Scientist

Name Qualification Job Title
Gyaase Stephaney BSc (Maths & Statistics), MSc Biostatistician
Felix Boakye Oppong BSc (Statistics & Actuarial Science ), MSc(Biostatistics) Biostatistician
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BSc, MPh Research Fellow
Rebecca Akua Kyerewaa Dwommoh BA(Economics), MPH(Health Economics) Health Economist
Tawiah Theresa A. Serwa MSc. Research Fellow
Tchum Kofi Samuel BSc(Hons) Biochemistry,Mphil( Biochemistry) Deputy Chief Biomedical Scientist
Kenneth Ayuurebobi Ae-Ngibise B.ED Psychology, MSc Population Based Field Epidemiology Research Fellow
Dennis Adu-Gyasi BSc Medical Laboratory Technology, MSc/PG. Dip ID, PhD (Std.) Biomedical Scientist
Ellen Abrafi Boamah Master of Public Health Research Fellow
George Adjei BSc, MSc(MED) Population-Based Field Epidemiology Research Fellow/Statistician
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BA, MPH Project Manager/Research Fellow
Obed Ernest A. Nettey BA, MPHIL(Population Studies) Research Fellow/Demographer
Francis Dzabeng BSc, MSc, PGDip Research Fellow
Solomon Nyame MA Population Studies Research Fellow
Francis Agbokey BEd (Psychology), MSc (Applied Health Social Science) Research Fellow
Grace Manu BA Georgraphy & Resource Dev.,MA(Population Studies) Research Fellow
Jones Opoku-Mensah BSc(Hons), Mphil Clinical Immunology Research Fellow/Biomedical Scientist
Kenneth Ramon Apewe Wiru BA. (Geography & Resource Development), MA(Population & Health) Research Fellow
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BSC (BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE) Research Fellow
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BA (SOCIOLOGY AND SOCIAL WORK), MPhil(Sociology) Research Fellow
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Dip. Nursing, BSc Public Health, MSc Clinical Trials Research Fellow/Clinical Trialist

NameQualificationJob Title
Robert Adda Dip. Health Information Management, BSc. Health Informatics Data Manager
Anane Apraku Edward BA IDS(Soc. & Dev. Admin Research Officer
Buunaaisie Williams BSc I.T, Dip. Business Computing, Dip. I.T, Dip. Computer Secretaryship, Typist(Grade 1&2) Website Manager/Communication Officer
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Dip Lab Technology Lab Technologist/Research Officer
Millicent Gloria Kpoh Gorvernment Sec. Sch.(Grade II) Data Manager
Jakpa Gabriel BSc Biological Science Research Officer
Zuwera Yidana BSc. Laboratory Technology Research Officer/Lab Technologist
Kwanta Philip Achemedes Diploma in Business Studies Clinical Coordinator
Latifatu Alhassan Abubakar BSc. Applied Chemistry Research officer
Fred Kanyoke BA (Sociology with Geography & Resource Development) Research Officer/IEC Administrator
Mujtaba Mohammed Nuhu BA Research Officer
Mieks Frenken Nyarko Twumasi BSc Data Manager
CHARLES KYEI BA IDS Research Officer
Elisha Adeniji BSc Data Manager
Eliezer Ofori Odei-Lartey Master of Business Administration Data Manager/ IT Officer
Oscar Agyei BSc Information And Communication Technology Data Manager/ Research Officer
Bayor Fredrick BSc Information Technology Data Manager/ Research Officer

NameQualification Job Title
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. BSc Administration & Diploma in Public Administration Human Resource Manager
ABDUL-KARIMU ALHASSAN BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (B.COM), ACFE, IPMAG, ICA(ongoing) Financial Administrator(Accountant)
Martin Yao Dzimabi Dip. IT&Bus.Skills, HND(Act), BSc. Admin(Act&Fin.), MBA(Act&Fin.) Deputy Chief Accountant
Pearl Neeboi HND ACCOUNTANCY/ACCA Accountant
Adams Adigah HND (Accountancy) Senior Accounts Officer
Agolmah Agiah Gilbert ICA, Ghana Internal Auditor
Amedeka Elvis Mawunya B.Ed(FDN) Accounting, Career Diploma in Project Management(CIC, UK), CommonWealth Executive MBA Prin. Accounts Officer
Robert Kwasi Dormevenu HND Accountancy Accounts Officer