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National IRB Members, Administrators and Stakeholders Symposium

Theme : Promoting Ethical Research in Ghana: The Role of Stakeholders

Date:14th December, 2017


This week’s Institutional Seminar  was delivered by Dr. Mary Amoako-Coleman from the Epidemiology Department.

 The presentation was entitled: “Completeness and accuracy of data transfer of routine maternal health services data in the Greater Accra region of Ghana”

Below is the abstract for the presentation:

Completeness and accuracy of data transfer of routine maternal health services data in the Greater Accra region of Ghana

Mary Amoakoh-Coleman (MD, PhD)


Background: High quality routine health system data is essential for tracking progress towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5. This study aimed to determine the completeness and accuracy of transfer of routine maternal health service data at health facility, district and regional levels of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.

Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted using secondary data comprised of routine health information data collected at facility level for the first quarter of 2012. Twelve health facilities were selected using a multistage sampling method. Data relating to antenatal care and delivery were assessed for completeness and accuracy of data transfer. Primary source data from health facility level (registers and record notebooks where health information data are initially entered) , used as the reference data, were counted, collated, and compared with aggregate data on aggregate forms compiled from these sources by health facility staff. The primary source data was also compared with data in the district health information management system (DHIMSII), a web-based data collation and reporting system. Percentage completeness and percentage error in data transfer were estimated.\

Results: Data for all 5,537 antenatal registrants and 3, 466 deliveries recorded into the primary source for the first quarter of 2012 were assessed. Completeness was best for age data, followed by data on parity and hemoglobin at registration. Mean completeness of the facility level aggregate data for the data sampled, was 94.3% (95% CI = 90.6% 98.0%) and 100.0% respectively for the aggregate form and DHIMS-II database. Mean error in data transfer was 1.0% (95% CI = 0.8% - 1.2%). Percentage error comparing aggregate form data and DHIMS-II data respectively to the primary source data ranged from 0.0% to 4.9% respectively, while percentage error comparing the DHIMS-II data to aggregate

form data, was generally very low or 0.0%.

Conclusion: Routine maternal health services data in the Greater Accra region, available at the district level through the DHIMS-II system is complete when compared to facility level primary source data and reliable for use.

Keywords: Routine, Data, Maternal health, Completeness, Accuracy, Error rates

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) together with our Japanese collaborators and other partners are pleased to invite you to the Symposium to Commemorate the 90th Anniversary of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi’s Arrival in Ghana. 

This year marks the ninetieth anniversary of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi’s arrival in Ghana, and the Institute will be holding a symposium in his honor as a reminder of his work in Ghana and Africa. The celebration will also enhance the existing friendship between Ghana and Japan, and our partners. The symposium will highlight Dr Noguchi’s great legacy and the Institute’s immense achievements in medical research in Ghana and beyond. Ghanaian and Japanese renowned scientists as well as other partners will be participating in this august symposium.

The symposium will also bring together academia, policy makers, business partners etc., to discuss and share information to promote research in the Institute.

The theme for the Symposium is: Arrival of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi in the Gold Coast: 90 years on

The symposium will take place at the Noguchi Conference Hall on the 16th and 17th of November, 2017 at 9:00am each day

The Institute would be grateful and honored for your presence at the this historic event.



Workshop on Improving Disease Monitoring Capacities and Early Warning Systems in West African Countries

3rd – 6th October, 2017

Venue: Noguchi Conference Hall, NMIMR

The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and with funding from the Government of Japan has organized a four day workshop on improving disease monitoring capacities and early warning system in West African countries.

The workshop is part of a regional project: Supporting and Strengthening Sub-Regional Post-Ebola Medical Surveillance and Socio-Economic Recovery Initiatives in West Africa, which is designed to provide technical assistance and support at sub-regional, national and grassroots level to the three Ebola affected countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone), and Côte d’Ivoire. It is intended to assist these countries to address urgent needs in the health, social and economic recovery, conflict prevention and peace building in common border areas. This initiative seeks to strengthen and assist border communities to better respond to disasters/epidemics.



The workshop is expected to result in improved abilities of five countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) to:

  1. rapidly identify diseases of public health importance and outbreak potential
  2. use GIS for enhanced disease surveillance especially at the border areas
  3. apply tools for disease risk assessment, vulnerability mapping and effective risk communication towards preparedness and outbreak control.


Seven delegates each  from Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for a total of 35 participants attended the workshop. There were also observers from the UNDP, West African Health Organisation (WAHO), Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (ACDC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Embassy of Japan.

Participants Technical and Financial Partners

National level:

  • Health Information Management Officer

Border districts:

  • Disease Surveillance Officer
  • Technical Officer-Health Promotion
  • Port Health Officer (land point of entry)
  • Veterinary Officer
  • Clinician
  • Community Health Officer
  • UNDP
  • WAHO
  • ACDC
  • JICA
  • GHS
  • Embassy of Japan

African Researchers and UK Collaborators working on Staphylococcus aereus

Date: 15th and 16th August 2017
Venue: Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research
           University of Ghana, Legon

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