Donor Support Funds Three New Community-Based Projects in Ghana

The Hauslohner Global REACH Fund, established in 2014 by UM Alumnus Dr. Peter Hauslohner and his wife Dr. Marianna Nosa, will support the community-based public health research projects of three Ghanaian physicians beginning January 2015. Dr. Oheneba Charles Kofi Hagan, University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences in Cape Coast, Dr. Opei Kwafo Adarkwa, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, and Dr. Ethel Osei-Tutu, Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in Cape Coast, were selected to receive the inaugural funding award through the Hauslohner Global REACH Fund.

The donors, who themselves have considerable health-related international experience, designed the fund so that 100% of the monies would specifically support public health research and researchers in Africa.

In a joint effort between the Ghana Health Service and Global REACH, the 2015 projects were selected from dozens of applications from around Ghana representing junior physicians from 7 different cities and 13 distinct academic and research units nation wide.

The 2015 projects and investigators include:

Dr. Oheneba Charles Kofi Hagan:
Sero-epidemiology of hepatitis B among school children within Cape Coast metropolitan area

Dr. Opei Kwafo Adarkwa:
Reproductive experiences of female head-porters in Kumasi, Ghana

Dr. Ethel Osei-Tutu:
A study on typhoid fever in Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana

Dr. Osei-Tutu spent a month at the University of Michigan in 2013 doing a clinical elective in the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.  You can read about her experience here.

Read other examples of donor-supported global learning and research experiences here.