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Nana A. Y. Twum-Danso

Dr. Nana A. Y. Twum-Danso is a graduate of Biochemical sciences, a senior program officer in the maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Team of the Family health Division in Ghana.

Dr Nana is a public health and preventive medicine physician, who is zealous about finding systematic solutions to complex problems. She has an M.P.H degree in Health Policy & Management at Emory University School Public Health, Atlanta, and an M.D degree at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

 

Her experience in public health policy, strategy, program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and research at local, national and global levels has spanned over a period of 15 years.

  • Nana bagged a professional development course in the theory and practice of science in February 2008-Dec. 2008.
  • In  August 1999, she completed  her residency training in preventive medicine and public health.
  • She also completed her  internship in emergency medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in June 1999.

Her Works:

Presently she is the founder of an organization (MAZA); a social enterprise which makes available affordable and reliable transportation for health emergencies in the local parts of Ghana.

Early this year it was recorded that she also helped in keeping track and developing of restoration of safe essential health services in various health facilities during the Ebola outbreak waned in Liberia. As a medical doctor, her impact was a great deal. MAZA is used as a medium to help the less privileged in Ghana concerning their health and easy access to transportation.

She also :

. • Conceptualized, designed, developed and managed a grant portfolio across the continuum of care from the community to the hospital to improve MNCH outcomes at scale in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Portfolio > US $100 million.

• Led the development and execution of a strategy to apply CQI approaches to improving intrapartum and immediate postpartum care delivery and outcomes across multiple initiatives in the MNCH department.

• Co-led a cross-departmental initiative to address structural barriers to adolescent reproductive health, nutrition and empowerment through evidence generation, strategy development and grant shaping.

• Advised internal colleagues on context-relevant strategies and project designs to better achieve large-scale behavior change and population-level impact including the development of a demand generation strategy for the Integrated Delivery team

In 2015,  She was the main team leader that saw to the design, use and supervision of CQi projects in Ghana, Malawi and south Africa that were focused on MNCH and HIV/Aids.

• She led a large-scale CQI project to reduce child mortality in Ghana through systems and process improvements in service delivery for MNCH in partnership with the National Catholic Health Service (NCHS) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the two largest health service delivery agencies of the Ministry of Health (MOH).

• Nana trained, coached and mentored the project’s technical staff, front-line health care providers and their managers and leaders at district and regional levels in CQI methods on an ongoing basis for improved health system performance.

• She built and nurtured strategic and technical relationships with NCHS, GHS, World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders in MNCH and quality improvement in Ghana and other African countries.

She has done projects concerning the well are of children across Africa and even outside Africa and so many others.

• Developed and led a start-up initiative to control soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections in young children in Africa, Asia and Latin America through regular mass de-worming, hygiene education and environmental sanitation.

• Established an advisory committee of technical experts from around the world and collaborated with them to design, execute, monitor and improve the program over time.

• Built collaborative relationships with MOHs, Johnson & Johnson, UNICEF, WHO, World Food Programme (WFP), and NGOs to promote and advocate for a broad-based, multi-sectoral approach to STH control.

Also she has engaged in helping the younger generations in school whom are interested in medical careers by advising and coaching them.

She has assisted undergraduate students to yield a good future in Universities such as Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, USA.

Why TechHer Loves Her :

She has made herself outstanding and district through her works and for this we commend her greatly.She has been a coach, adviser and also a mentor to so many people. She has achieved great works and put herself out there. She is a true leader and a strong influencer on many.

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