Dr. Juliet Nabyonga-Orem  |  Editor In-Chief

Dr. Juliet Nabyonga-Orem is a leading health systems expert with experience spanning over 2 decades. She has been instrumental in the transformation of health systems in many African countrie...

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Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams is a health systems and policy analyst. He has almost 3 decades of experience in senior health management in Ghana including 16 years as District Medical Officer/Med...

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Prof. Oladele Akogun has spent over 25 years on health system research, focusing on access to and utilization of intervention services. He holds a PhD in Public Health and a Postgraduate Dipl...

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Saving lives on our roads: Frequent Health Checks for Drivers may offer a solution.


Date of Publication: October 5, 2020

In recent times, Ghana has been riddled with news of many gory road fatalities which have rendered families rid of beloved relatives and friends. A recent data from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service as reported by graphic online indicated that in 2019 alone, 2,284 fatalities occurred due to road accidents in Ghana, with the Greater Accra Region leading the figures with 449 deaths followed by Ashanti and the Eastern region respectively. These alarming figures have no...

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Food and drug labels: pay attention to these.


Date of Publication: August 31, 2020

A healthy body is your most valuable asset and you must be careful what you feed it. We often focus on the expiry dates on the products we purchase from the shelves, but is that all? This blog explores important aspects that must be taken into consideration when buying items from the shelves of supermarkets, pharmacies and other points of sale. Rarely do people pay attention to the inscriptions on these items before purchase, so end up using them without knowing the true components.

Normally, essential items like food and drugs are packaged in cans, bottles and little paper boxes with special information for the consumer,...

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Calculating the real cost of purchasing a second-hand vehicle


Date of Publication: August 19, 2020

A status symbol, representing a degree of wealth that shines blindingly piercing the retinas of the most deprived, allowing owners to pontifically convey perspectives with as much noise as the jingling sound that their car keys make, now bunched up with others. The possession of a combustion engine enclosed in its mostly steel shell and powering a set of four wheels means a lot to the Zimbabwean population, a lot that is widely astray from the practical considerations meant to guide them in making the initial purchase. Staying on the issue of going astray, I will do just that, moving away from the stated price of second-hand vehicles and diggi...

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Covid has put Governance at the heart of debates on development, but how has it changed the questions we ask?


Date of Publication: August 6, 2020

The aim of this blog is to suggest ways in which the ‘governance discourse’ (what a grand term!) is changing – indeed has already changed - as a result of Covid-19.

I know that blogs are supposed to be discursive and informal. Recently our office was privileged to have a session with that master-blogger, Duncan Green, who shared all his tricks and techniques on the art of blogging. However, just this once I am going to ignore everything he said and make my case in two tables.

But first a quick explanation is in order. I perceive (I may be wrong here) that Covid has chang...

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You can’t do what you don’t know how



Date of Publication: July 27, 2020

On the front-lines of emergency medical response in Kenya are clinicians in emergency departments of various types and levels of facilities. These clinicians are expected to be able to handle any medical emergency that walks in through the door. From mothers with sick children, people clutching their chests, those hobbling in on broken limbs and laboring women; every day has its own share of emergencies. Doctors, Clinical officers, and Nurses must overcome their fears, limited knowledge, and resources to do their best in serving those in need.

Emergency care in Kenya is still in its infancy, only recently recognized as a ...

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Blog: Calculating the real cost of purchasing a second-hand vehicle

Blog: Food and drug labels: pay attention to these.

Blog: Saving lives on our roads: Frequent Health Checks for Drivers may offer a solution.

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