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Ayaga A. Bawah

Associate Professor
University of Ghana
Country of residence:

Nationality: Ghana
Gender: M

Member since: 2016
Membership No: 21682
Membership Type: regular

Field of Study: Demography

Specialization: Data Collection and Processing, Fertility, Mortality, Health, and Longevity, Reproductive Health (Family Planning), Social Demography

Regional focus: Sub-Saharan Africa

Education: Doctorate (Ph.D, MD) , 2002 , University of Pennsylvania , Demography

Working languages: English

Other association membership in population or related fields: Population Association of America (PAA), Union for African Population Studies (UAPS)

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Honorary or professional positions and awards:
Since Sept 2016: Member (Social Scientist), Technical Advisory Committee, Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana

Since June 2015: Board Member, Tamale Teaching Hospital Governing Board, Tamale, Ghana
Provide professional advice and oversight to the management of the hospital

2010-2013: Committee Member Continuing Epidemiological Transition in Sub-Saharan Africa (2010-2013), United States Academy of Science (NAS) Link to report of committee
The Committee consisted of global experts in Epidemiological and Demographic Transitions with a 3 year mandate to research Epidemiological Transitions in sub-Saharan Africa and their implications for health systems responses.

Institutional Review Board (IRB), Navrongo Health Research Centre, Navrongo
The IRB in Navrongo is an NIH certified institutional review board with Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) responsible for reviewing scientific research and ethical merits of research protocols for implementation at the Navrongo center. Its membership is diverse, consisting of research scientists, academics, legal experts and traditional regulatory authorities. I represented the research scientists on the board.

2010-2012: African Population Studies, Editorial Advisory Committee
A scientific journal published both online and in hardcopy by the Union for African Union of Population Studies (UAPS).

2002-2005: A General Demography of Africa, Editorial Advisory Board
A series of scientific publications utilizing African census data to empirically study the demography of Africa. It is based at the Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Member, Population Association of America (PAA)

Member, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)

Member, Union for African Population Studies (UAPS)

Research grants:
NIA P30 AG-012836-20 (P.I.: C. Valeggia; Pilot PI: I. Elo) 7/1/2013-6/30/2013 Role: Consultant
Trio Award: Health and Well-being of African Migrants in the US and in their Country of Origin: The goal of this pilot project is to provide important evidence on the impact of migration from Africa on the health and well-being of the migrants as well as their families in the United States and Africa.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Grant 2009058B (PI: James F. Philips) Role: Research Director
Award Title: Population Health Implementation Training (PHIT) Partnership Grant: The Ghana Essential Health Intervention Program: In spite of effective community-based innovations to improve primary health care service delivery and maternal and child survival in Ghana, rates of infant, particularly newborn, and maternal mortality remain in excess. A predominant hypothesis for explaining this is that district level health systems are inadequately capacitated and equipped to mount a sustainable and focused response to this public health problem in their catchment areas. This project aims to test this hypothesis and, to that end, address the broader challenge of improving maternal and child survival through district level interventions.