INDEPTH welcomes new centre leader at Dodowa HDSS, Ghana

31 Mar 2017

INDEPTH Network Centre Leaders’ family has a new member following Dr. John Williams' appointment as the new Director of Dodowa Health Centre, the parent institution of the Dodowa HDSS in Ghana. Dr. Williams takes over from Prof. Margaret Gyapong who is the now the Director of the Centre for Health Policy and Implementation Research, Institute for Health Research at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, Ghana. Dr. John Williams is a Principal Medical Officer at the Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC), another INDEPTH member centre, where he has been working since November 2000.

He had his initial university education at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (BSc in Human Biology and later an MBChB). He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Population Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon; Master of Public Health degree from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and a postgraduate diploma in Genitourinary Medicine and Venereology from the University of Liverpool, UK.

Dr. Williams started his medical practice at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi where he worked for three years before taking up posting to the Regional Hospital in Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region. He worked there for almost ten years rotating through various departments in the Hospital. He also served as the Medical officer in-charge of the Tuberculosis clinic in the Hospital for two years. He was also a Regional resource person for the National AIDS/STI Control Programme (NACP) in the management of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases for several years. In the mid-nineties he also served as a national resource person for the management of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) in children.

Dr. Williams was posted to the Navrongo Health Research Centre in 2000 and has since worked on several research projects. These include the Community Health and Family Planning Project, the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Project, the World Bank-sponsored Averting Preventable Maternal Mortality Project (Maternal Health Study) the EU-sponsored Qualmat Project and the Malaria in Pregnancy project among others. He is currently a member of the Institutional Review Board of the NHRC. He was the Chairman of the Procurement Committee of the NHRC from 2004 to 2011.

Dr. Williams has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University in Washington since 2006 providing supervision and mentorship for students from that university who come on attachment to the NHRC. He is a member of the Ghana Medical Association and has been the Divisional Chairman of the Upper East Division and member of the National Executive Council since 2003. He has over 20 articles published in peer-reviewed journals to his credit here