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Many of the NPGH Fogarty trainees have contributed to the long-standing collaborations between the University of Michigan (UMich), the University of Washington (UW), and Ghana in emergency medicine, but one project focused on neonatal jaundice. Peter Donkor, head of the joint project at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) wrote this article about injury prevention, and UMich mentor Ron Maio has also written about the NPGH Fogarty research on trauma care.

Affiliated Institutions

UofGhanaUniversity of Ghana

University of Ghana was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast and is the oldest and largest of six public Universities in Ghana. Read more…


KNUST was established in 1952. The College of Health Sciences includes the Faculties of Allied Health Sciences, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Medical Sciences, Dental School, School of Veterinary Medicine and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in tropical medicine (KCCR). Read more…

KATHKomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)

KATH is located in Kumasi, Ghana, and is the teaching hospital that has been associated with KNUST since 1975.

University of Michigan Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative: In 2001, following the collapse of the Accra Sports Stadium that killed 127 Ghanaians, the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons identified Emergency Medicine as a specialty in urgent need of development. A national commission on the state of Emergency Medicine in Ghana was established composed of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, National Ambulance Service, Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, and other national stakeholders. The public response to the stadium disaster prompted the Ghanaian government to construct a new national Accident and Emergency Center in Kumasi. The Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons approached the University of Michigan Department of Emergency Medicine in 2007 to collaborate on the development of a postgraduate training program in Emergency Medicine. Building on previously successful collaborations with the University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the School of Public Health, a partnership was created with the Ghanaian federal agencies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), and the University of Michigan Department of Emergency Medicine. The primary goal of the partnership was to improve the provision and outcomes of emergency care in Ghana by developing an Emergency Medicine training program. Previous Fogarty trainee, Dr. Rockefeller Oteng, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, has been instrumental in building the collaboration. He is a Ghanian-born Emergency Medicine physician who lives in Kumasi half of the year and served as the first Emergency Medicine Department Head at KNUST.

Strengthening Injury Control in West Africa: KNUST is also home to a Fogarty D43 collaboration with the University of Washington to strengthen the capacity for injury control research in Ghana, build a cadre of qualified researchers and generate research that will be translated into effective activities and implementable policy across the spectrum of injury control. This program builds upon a 20-year collaboration for injury research between KNUST and UW, and has significantly influenced policy in Ghana. Dr. Charles Mock, UW Professor of Surgery and Epidemiology, worked in Ghana for four years as a staff surgeon in a rural hospital in Berekum and as a Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. While on sabbatical leave from 2007 – 2010, he was responsible for developing WHO’s activities on trauma care at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability. He continues to serve as Chair of the Working Group for Essential Trauma Care of the International Society of Surgery, a collaboration of the Society and WHO which seeks to improve the care of injured patients. The collaborative research in Ghana incorporates community-based surveys that include direct household visits and interviews. This research has been instrumental in developing and implementing low-tech and sustainable programs to establish or improve pre-hospital trauma care in Ghana. Read more…

GHSGhana Health Service

GHS is the Research and Development Division (RDD) of the Ghana Health Service (Director: Abraham Hodgson, MBChB, PhD) was originally established to address the needs of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS). Read more…

NHRCNavrongo Health Research Centre

The Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC) (Director: Abraham Oduro, MBChB, PhD) in particular has been a strong partner for the University of Michigan faculty, co-authoring dozens of shared publications in its 25-year tenure. Read more…

KBTHKorle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH)

KBTH is the teaching hospital that has been affiliated with the University of Ghana since 1962.

Postdoctoral And Research Training NEtwoRk – Investing in Innovation (PARTNER-II): This UM Fogarty-funded program provides interdisciplinary training to Ghanaian post-doctoral trainees to address global health challenges. This renewal grant and its predecessor (PI: Tom Robins, MD, MPH) have funded 20 Ghanaian post-doctoral fellows to either 1) spend 4 months to one year at UM participating in intensive interdisciplinary research training; or 2) spend 6 months in Ann Arbor participating in intensive training and mentorship, followed by 6 months in Ghana implementing the project planned while in Ann Arbor. The PARTNER-II grant pairs Ghanaian trainees with Michigan- and Ghana-based mentors to assist reintegration into Ghanaian research institutions. Read more…

Primary Faculty

Current Fogarty Trainees

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Past Fogarty Trainees

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Gardner, Andrew