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RIPS – Harvard University and Willows International
Organise International Training workshop

The Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) has organized a 10-day international training workshop which took place from December 11 to 21, 2017 at the Korean Information Access Center, Balme Library of the University of Ghana. The workshop was held under the auspices of the ongoing research to evaluate the impact of the reproductive health programmes being implemented by Willows International. The research is being conducted by RIPS in collaboration with the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard -University, USA, to build the capacity of field workers to collect pertinent information from selected areas in Ghana where Willows International reproductive programmes are being undertaken.

The trainers’ team was constituted by the Harvard team led by D. Iqbal Shal who is also the Principal Investigator for the project: the Ghana team led by Dr. Ayaga Bawah and: the Willows International team led by Dr. Placide Tapsoba. Staff from Ghana Health Service were also co-opted to deliver specific modules.
The training workshop was opened by the Director for RIPS, Prof. Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe, on Monday, December 11, 2017. In his remarks, Prof. Codjoe related to RIPS continual support for the research agenda and expressed appreciation to the Harvard team for collaborating with RIPS on this all important project.

Prof. Codjoe, Director of RIPS delivering his remarks

The Provost for the College of Humanities, Prof. Samuel Agyei-Mensah paid a visit to the training team on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 and indicated his Office’s support for the project.

Cross section of project team and visiting officials including Dr. Shal (3rd from left), Dr. Bawah (2nd from left), Prof. Agyei-Mensah (7th from right)

Also part of the workshop was a Headquarter training which was held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at RIPS, for persons who will be checking on data generated from fieldworkers during the actual baseline survey in Accra. 40 trainees were taken through varied modules.

Members of the Project Team at the Headquarters training

Background to Project

Since 1999, Willows International has been implementing reproductive health programs in several countries including Ghana to provide reproductive health education to women to improve on contraceptive uptake and enhance women’s reproductive health outcomes. Ghana’s programme started in 2006 and has been ongoing mainly in Accra and Kumasi within low income communities.
To evaluate the impact of those programmes on the health of the study populations Warren Buffet Foundation, the main funder of Willows International, has provided a grant to a consortium of universities led by Harvard University in collaboration with local universities in the various countries implementing the intervention programmes.