Journal of Womens Health, Issues and Care ISSN: 2325-9795

Evelyn Sakeah

Evelyn Sakeah
Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ghana

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Biography

Dr. Evelyn Sakeah is a Senior Research Fellow and a Principal Health Research Officer at the Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC), an internationally recognized field research station of the Ghana Health Service. She attended St. Francis Girls and Sunyani Secondary Schools for her secondary education. She entered the University of Ghana for her Bachelor degree in Political Science with Economics and graduated in1998. Dr. Sakeah received her Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degrees in 2004 and 2014 from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and Boston University School of Public Health respectively. Dr. Sakeah’s research career began as a national service personnel and a research assistant on the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Intervention Study in 1998 at the Navrongo Health Research Centre. She subsequently became a substantive team player on the project for a period of five years. Evelyn was part of a team that developed and implemented the intervention program to end FGM in the Kassena-Nankana District of Northern Ghana. Dr. Sakeah has also worked on other major projects of NHRC over a period of 17 years. She is currently a Co-PI on the study on “Improving the Quality of Data on Maternal and Newborn Health Survey at INDEPTH centres; a research fellow on a project: Ensure Mothers and Babies Regular Access to Care (EMBRACE) and a Post-doctoral researcher of a study on Strategies to Improve Skilled Attendants at Delivery in Rural Ghana: A Quasi Experimental Design. Dr. Evelyn Sakeah has published over 10 articles in peer-reviewed journals that includes her recent publications titled “Is there any role for community involvement in the community-based health planning and services skilled delivery program in rural Ghana?” and “Using the community-based health planning and services program to promote skilled delivery in rural Ghana: socio-demographic factors that influence women utilization of skilled attendants at birth in Northern Ghana”. Evelyn is a recipient of a number of training and research Awards such as the WHO/TDR implementation research training grant, University of Michigan African Social Research Initiative Summer Scholars Program Award, Policy Communications Fellowship, West African Research Association Traveling Grant, The Margaret McNamara Memorial Grant, World Bank, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Scholarship, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarship Award, Ghanaian-Dutch Collaboration Programme for Health Research and Development Award, Ghana Health Service Research Unit-WHO-TDR training award, and the USAID- Monitoring and Evaluation Training Award. Dr Sakeah is a member of a number of Professional Associations that include; West African Research Association; Population Association of America (PAA); The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA); American Public Health Association (APHA); Founding Member: International Network to Analyse, Communicate and Transform the Campaign against Female Genital Mutilation (INTACT) and Partnership for Social Sciences in Malaria Control (PSSMC Network).

Research Interest

Dr. Sakeah research interests include public health, maternal and child health; women’s health; reproductive health, monitoring and evaluation of health, population and nutrition programs; health systems operations research and policy analysis and communication.

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