Profile of Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams

Qualifications: MD, MPH, MPA, PhD, FGCPS

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/Medical Superintendent as well as 8 years as Regional Director of Health Services. Prior to that he had been the National Coordinator of Ghana’s Community-based Health Planning and Services Initiative. 

Koku has been involved in several initiatives to promote health systems and policy research, maternal and child health, health systems strengthening and community-based health systems that seeks to strengthen access to primary health care services in Ghana and several other countries. His interests include health policy formulation, health systems development, management and evaluation, reproductive health, health systems for marginalized populations and implementation science for evidence-based decision-making. He currently leads a major primary health care health system strengthening project of the Doris Duke African Health Initiative “CHPS+” in Ghana. 

Koku is an academic and serves as a Senior Lecturer at the Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in New York and a part-time lecturer at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho and School of Public Health, University of Ghana. He has extensively published impactful scientific papers in well-known journals including Studies in Family Planning, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, and Health Policy and Planning. 

He is a public health physician with an MD from Minsk State Medical School, an MPH from Leeds University UK, a Master’s degree in health policy and administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and a PhD in Epidemiology and Health Systems from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland. He is a Fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons and a member of various national and international professional organizations and societies in the medical and public health fields.