Philip B. Adongo

Senior Lecturer, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University


Dr. Philip Baba Adongo is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Social and Behavioral Science, School of Public Health of the University of Ghana where he teaches Medical Anthropology, Research Methods, and Social Science Data Management. He also holds an Adjunct appointment as Senior Lecturer, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York.  From 2004 to 2006 he was Erasmus Mundus Scholar in International Health at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Prior to joining the University of Ghana, School of Public Health, he worked as Principal Research Fellow at the Navrongo Health Research Centre where he designed and implemented the social and behavioral component of the Navrongo Community Health Project (CHFP). The CHFP provided the health service delivery model for rural communities in Ghana. Project monitoring systems have showed that the CHFP achieved Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 in seven years. The pronounced impact of the CHFP led to its adoption as a cornerstone of Ghana’s national health policy.

Dr. Adongo’s research spans the domains of health system research, implementation research, epidemiology, reproductive health, medical anthropology and ethnography.  Among the many malaria research projects that he has planned, coordinated, and implemented is a study that has had an impact on health policy throughout malaria endemic Africa, the Intermittent Preventive Treatment of malaria in Infants (IPTi) using Sulphadoxime-Pyremethamine (SP). The IPTi-SP project was implemented in Ghana, Malawi, Benin, and Madagascar.  

Apart from his malaria research on malaria, his international work involved investigation of the impact of cross border migration on HIV/AIDs among the bordering countries of Ghana, Togo, and Burkina Faso. His reproductive health research has also focused on constraints to the introduction of family planning services in a rural traditional societal setting of northern Ghana. This work has addressed several gender topics in reproductive health.

Dr. Adongo has consulted for several international and national institutions including UNICEF Ghana, University of Tulane, West African Buruli Ulcer Group, Ministry of Health-Ghana and Population Council-Ghana, Accra. He also served as an advisory committee member for the Newborn Home Intervention Trial from 2007-2010 and currently serves as a Board Member of his former Senior High Secondary School.

Dr. Adongo is currently engaged in a collaborative project with the Ghana Health Service and the Mailman School of Public Health that is known as the Ghana Essential Health Intervention Program. Launched in partnership with the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania, GEHIP is testing the hypothesis that country-to-country transfer of evidence-based programs will strategically complement each other, thereby accelerating progress in achieving MDGs 4 and 5.
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