Prof. Margaret Gyapong University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana

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A medical Anthropologist by training, Prof. Margaret Gyapong is Director of the Institute of Health Research at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana. Prior to that she worked as Deputy Director for Research and Development in the Ghana Health service and was the foundation Director of the... read moreDodowa Health Research Centre.

Over the last 25 years, she has worked at the intersection of research and policy, ensuring that her work on Neglected Tropical Diseases, malaria, maternal and child health, and Demographic Surveillance Systems influences policy formulation and program implementation. She has served and continues to serve as a member, chair, and co-chair on a number of local and international committees and task forces. Key amongst them is chair of the lymphatic Filariasis Guidelines review group in 2017 and currently being a member of the World Health Organization Scientific and Technical Advisory Group for neglected Tropical Disease.

She is a reviewer and editor on several peer reviewed journals, was instrumental in the development of the recently launched WHO/TDR toolkit. In 2017, she was one of 12 women who received the heroines of health award for her work on the reproductive health consequences of Female Genital Schistosomiasis.