Ken, MSc.
Kenneth Ayuurebobi Ae-Ngibise A. , MSc
Research Fellow

Background:


Kenneth joined the Kintampo Health Research Centre (KHRC) as a national service personnel in November 2004. He had his first and second cycle education in Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region of Ghana. He furthered his tertiary education at the University of Cape Coast where he graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree in psychology. Kenneth was awarded scholarship by the INDEPTH-Network (Network of countries with Demographic Surveillance System) sites in 2008 to pursue MSc programme in Population Based Field Epidemiology. He successfully completed the programme in June, 2009

Research Experience:

Joining this reputable organization as national service personnel in November 2004, he was primarily assigned to the Mental Health Unit, a team that researches extensively into mental health and mental illness. Previously, Kenneth was part of the field team that researched into the risk factors for schizophrenia, a case-control study in the catchments area of KHRC. He also worked on a research consortium study entitled "Mental Health and Poverty Project" which investigated the links between mental ill-health and poverty across four African countries including Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and the Zambia. He is the Mental Health team coordinator, data analyst, and has since been maintaining and tracking the case register through the Kintampo Health and Demographic Surveillance System. Kenneth also worked on a multi-centre study involving five Health and Demographic Surveillance System centres: Kilifi, Kenya; Agincourt, South Africa; Iganga-Mayuge, Uganda; Ifakara, Tanzania; and Kntampo, Ghana, investigating the prevalence, causes and treatment outcome of epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa. He was the lead investigator in a study assessing the level of burden experienced by caregivers of people living with mental disorders in the Kintampo municipality.

Currently he is working on a randomized Control trial aimed at testing the effectiveness of improved cook stoves (BioLite and LPG) introduced during early pregnancy to improve birth weight and reduce pneumonia in the first year of life. This study is a collaboration between KHRC in Ghana and Columbia University in the United States of America. He has been trained in the use and administration of the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN), University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria, Health of the Nation Outcome Scales, a rate measuring problems commonly presented by clients in Mental Health settings, and also GCP trained.

Career Objective

Kenneth's career goal is to become a public health researcher and hopes to achieve this by enrolling for a PhD in Epidemiology in the near future. He is a football enthusiast and spends greater part of his leisure time reading books with particular interest on health of the mind.


Publications:


  1. Ae-Ngibise, K. Bright. Akpalu., Anthony K Ngugi, Albert Akpalu, Francis Agbokey, Patrick Adjei, Damien Punguyire, Christian Bottomley, Charles R Newton, Seth Owusu-Agyei. 2015. Prevalence and risk factors for Active Convulsive Epilepsy in Kintampo, Ghana. The Pan African Medical Journal, 21.
  2. Ae-Ngibise, K. A., Doku, V. C. K., Asante, K. P. & Owusu-Agyei, S. 2015. The experience of caregivers of people living with serious mental disorders: a study from rural Ghana. Global Health Action, 8.
  3. Ae-Ngibise, K. A., Masanja, H., Kellerman, R. & Owusu-Agyei, S. 2012. Risk factors for injury mortality in rural Tanzania: a secondary data analysis. BMJ Open, 2-6.
  4. Ae-Ngibise, K., Cooper, S., Adiibokah, E., Akpalu, B., Lund, C., Doku, V. & Mhapp Research Programme, C. 2010. 'Whether you like it or not people with mental problems are going to go to them': a qualitative exploration into the widespread use of traditional and faith healers in the provision of mental health care in Ghana. Int Rev Psychiatry, 22, 558-67.
  5. Akpalu, B., Ae-Ngibise, K., Agbokey, F., Adeji, G. & Enuameh, Y. 2014. Association between Plasmodium falciparum malaria and the mental disorders in children between five and 19 years in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review. The JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 12, 133-165.
  6. Akpalu, B., Lund, C., Doku, V., Ofori-Atta, A., Osei, A., Ae-Ngibise, K., Awenva, D., Cooper, S., Flisher, A. J. & Consortium, M. R. P. 2010. Scaling up community-based services and improving quality of care in the state psychiatric hospitals: the way forward for Ghana. Afr J Psychiatry (Johannesbg), 13, 109-15.
  7. Boamah, E. A., Asante, K. P., Ae-Ngibise, K. A., Kinney, P. L., Jack, D. W., Manu, G., ... & Wylie, B. J. (2014). Gestational Age Assessment in the Ghana Randomized Air Pollution and Health Study (GRAPHS): Ultrasound Capacity Building, Fetal Biometry Protocol Development, and Ongoing Quality Control. JMIR research protocols, 3(4), e77.
  8. Doku V, Ofori-Atta A, Akpalu B, Read U, Osei A, Ae-Ngibise K., Awenva D, Lund C, Flisher A, Petersen I, Bhana A, Bird P, Drew N, Faydi E, Funk M, Green A, Omar M. A situation analysis of mental health policy development and implementation in Ghana (2008).
  9. Kamuyu, G., Bottomley, C., Mageto, J., Lowe, B., Wilkins, P. P., Noh, J. C., Nutman, T. B., Ngugi, A. K., Odhiambo, R., Wagner, R. G., Kakooza-Mwesige, A., Owusu-Agyei, S., Ae-Ngibise, K., Masanja, H., Osier, F. H., Odermatt, P., Newton, C. R. & Study Of Epidemiology Of Epilepsy In Demographic Sites, G. 2014. Exposure to multiple parasites is associated with the prevalence of active convulsive epilepsy in sub-saharan Africa. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 8, e2908.
  10. Kariuki, S. M., Matuja, W., Akpalu, A., Kakooza-Mwesige, A., Chabi, M., Wagner, R. G., Connor, M., Chengo, E., Ngugi, A. K., Odhiambo, R., Bottomley, C., White, S., Sander, J. W., Neville, B. G., Newton, C. R., Group, S. W., Twine, R., Gomez Olive, F. X., Collinson, M., Kahn, K., Tollman, S., Masanja, H., Mathew, A., Pariyo, G., Peterson, S., Ndyomughenyi, D., Bauni, E., Kamuyu, G., Odera, V. M., Mageto, J. O., Ae-Ngibise, K., Akpalu, B., Agbokey, F., Adjei, P., Owusu-Agyei, S., Kleinschmidt, I., Doku, V. C., Odermatt, P., Nutman, T., Wilkins, P. & Noh, J. 2014. Clinical features, proximate causes, and consequences of active convulsive epilepsy in Africa. Epilepsia, 55, 76-85.
  11. Ngugi, A. K., Bottomley, C., Kleinschmidt, I., Wagner, R. G., Kakooza-Mwesige, A., Ae-Ngibise, K., Owusu-Agyei, S., Masanja, H., Kamuyu, G., Odhiambo, R., Chengo, E., Sander, J. W. & Newton, C. R. 2013. Prevalence of active convulsive epilepsy in sub-Saharan Africa and associated risk factors: cross-sectional and case-control studies. The Lancet Neurology, 12, 253-263.

Thesis:

  1. Risk Factors and Trends in Injury Mortality in Rufiji Demographic Surveillance System, rural Tanzania from 2002 to 2007 (manuscript)
  2. The impact of labeling on the academic performance of children in regular schools: A case study of Apewosika Upper Primary school, Cape Coast (2004). (Long essay presented to the Department of Educational Foundations, University of Cape Coast, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a bachelors degree.